Apparently many of you are feeling the same way I am about the Trekking Brach's Candy colorway. I'm almost done with my first sock and will post pics later- no that's not my completed pair at left! I wish. I'm sorry to say the yarn is almost sold out, and I cannot get more. It's sold out in the US already and I can't get a straight answer about whether it's going to be dyed again and shipped to US stores or not.
And before I get to the reviews, I learned that Opal's Harry Potter sock yarn collection is not being delayed along with the movie. The yarn will still reach US stores in the beginning of October, and I'll post here when it does. I'll also ship out the yarn to those of you who pre-ordered the collection (pre-orders are sold out, so I can't take any more).
I have two more Pagewood Farms sock yarn reviews for you today, one review is for the Alyeska cashmere blend yarn, and the other is Denali, which is the merino/nylon blend. I'm really pleased with both of them, but I have to say that I'm most pleased when seeing how lovely the finished socks are knit up. Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes a picture is just what it takes to push a knitter over the edge and cave. A picture can push a knitters mind from "that looks like a nice sock yarn" to "OMG, I have to knit that NOW." When I look at the socks below, that's exactly how I feel.
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Teyani was the lucky test knitter who recieved the skein of Pagewood's Alyeska sock yarn (the luxurious cashmere blend), and you can find her favorable review on her blog. Teyani raised cashmere goats, so she knows a bit about cashmere. I don't think her goats came in the Crayon colorway though.....
Laura test knit the Denali sock yarn for me, and her review was also favorable. Well, really any sock yarn that I carry is going to get a favorable reivew. Why would I carry a bad sock yarn? I don't think I have gotten a bad review from anyone yet about sample yarn I've sent. Either I'm selective in the yarn I consider carrying, or most sock yarns are just really, really good quality. Have you come across a bad sock yarn yet? If so, don't tell me which one (I don't want to foster negativity when someone may have had one bad experience for an otherwise good product), but feel free to describe your bad experiences in the comments below. I'm all for (anonymous) sock yarn gossip.
From the moment I say and touched this yarn I was blown away. It fet so soft and there were so many colors that I couldn't quite figure out how a dyer could pull this off (Anne said something similar in her review- that she expected her Yukon sample would have been muddy in color where in the color changes were, but there wasn't any muddy-ness). I quickly would the skein without incident. There were no snags, breads, worn parts or knots.
This yarn was an absolute please to knit- the colors were amazing. All sorts of variations of pinks, purples, blues, oranges, turquoise and grays. The colors are distributed randomly and did not pool. The sock blocked well and feels soft and warm on the foot. I hightly recommend this one and will stock up on it myself!