When our daily shipments arrive, Heather or Rachael are usually the ones unpacking, gawking, then displaying the yarn in the shop. They pull one skein of each color so that I can photo it and get it ready for you on the website, and set the to-photo box aside for me so that I can do my part. Ever since I started photographing Wanton Fiber's Minx and Comrade earlier this week, I've been looking forward to sharing the pictures with you. With each image I captured, I thought of many of you and who I think will choose what colors. They are stunning. The type of stunning that makes you knit outside your normal crayon-box-of-colors. I sure did.
Minx Sock in Chainmail
I've been looking forward to my first packages from Wanton Fibers for months now. I tested Rachel's yarn (the most luxurious sock base, of course, just to do my job right. heh.) and completed a pair in the Minx Sock in Entangled. Adore. Of course, I immediately ordered some for everyone, as well as her Comrade Sock.
Shown below, Minx Sock in Cerise. Click to get a detailed close up.
Here are my randomly listed thoughts about my experience with Minx Sock.
When the samples arrived, my first thought was "Well, which test knitter should I pass this along to?" And then I selfishly thought, "Well, this is such a nice fiber blend, and the color is totally outside my color box of blues and greens. Perhaps I should knit it myself???" Yes, yes I should.
I cast on for the Hermione Everday socks, and I really like how the fabric started to knit up. A little bit of unpredictable layering of color combined with a pebbley pattern made for a lovely combo. I've been too busy showing off the socks to take a finished pic though.
The yarn wound perfectly, I found no snags, knots or nubby bits in the skein, and I found this immensely pleasing. I haven't knit with a BFL, silk, cashmere blend before, and I wasn't sure how it would knit up or wear. So far so good though.
As far as care goes, my Minx socks do require more special care than I usually give my hand knits. I machine wash (flat dry) nearly everything I make, and these won't ever see the inside of a machine. Only my sink.
Minx Sock is on the pricier end of for single-skein-sock projects, but it's definitely worth it. And if you'd prefer to use your skein for something like a shawl or lace, I think it would look amazing. Even with Rachel's more striking color combos, the colors are married in such a way that they would look wonderful in a large piece. And for those of you who like to choose more subtle, pale tones, there are several of those as well.
All in all, a wonderful choice for those who want to knit a unique fiber combo, or those who really can't resist these colors. I know I couldn't. And if you'd like to experience similar colors in a less unique fiber combo, and less costly, consider Comrade Sock.