Do you like striping and pooling? When I use those terms, do you understand what I'm referring to?
When I talk about a yarn striping or pooling, I'm referring to the way a hand dyed yarns colors lay when you knit them up. With some yarns, you may notice that the color distributes randomly throughout the project. With other yarns, you notice that there's a big splash of a particular color, or that the colors stripe in an unexpected way.
Yarn that is dyed in long strips of color tends to pool or stripe more than does yarn that is dyed in short bursts of color. But did you know that you can change how a color knits up just by changing the pattern or even just the needle size on the same pattern? By changing the gauge, you can change how a finished sock looks.
For instance, above are two socks that Felicia (of Sweet Georgia Yarn) knit in her Tough Love Sock Yarn. The color is Honey Fig, which I don't have in stock right now, but I do have lots of other colors for you. Felicia knit the sock on the left with a US 0 (2mm) size needle, and the sock on the right with a US 1 (2.25) size. See how differently the finished socks look, using the same basic sock pattern and skein of yarn but two different needle sizes?
Here's another example. I knit the following sock in the Unique Sheep Gradiance Sock in the Joy color set. Directly below that is a pair of socks knit by Sue in the Lime & Violet color set. Her's pooled a bit, whereas mine did not. Had she prefered a more gradual change in color, she might have achieved it simply by changing needle size. Or had I wanted a bit of pooling or striping, I could have tried the same.
Cherry Tree Hill has just introduced a new type of sock yarn, called Fingerpaints, that is purposely dyed in long lengths of color so that it stripes as you knit in the round. This isn't a bold, wide striping yarn, but instead a softly changing colorway that knits into thin stripes. It's quite lovely, and for those of us who like to know how a yarn is going to perform before we knit it, it's a great find.
There are rich, bold colors like Rasta Man:
And there are summery, feminine hues like Summer Sweet:
Or deep, dreamy blues of Pacific Rim:
Are you a fan of earthy neutrals? Then check out Middle Earth:
Or perhaps you're a lover of Herbs n Spices?
Whatever your favorite colors are, you're sure to find something to love in this new line. I've already snagged a few!