We have a new variation of sock yarn all ready for the update tomorrow – colour block yarn.
Rather than being dyed in skeins, this yarn is produced by putting it through a knitting machine to make a ‘blank’, then handpainting the blank, steaming it to set the dye, turning it back into skeins, allowing it to dry and finally winding it into yarn cakes to show off the colours.
When I’ve knitted form sock blanks in the past I haven’t enjoyed the crinkly texture that comes from unravelling as you go. I know it blocks out, but it takes some of the pleasure out of knitting for me. So I wanted to find a way of minimising this. Putting the yarn back into skeins before it dried took away the opportunity for the kinks to set. But the skeins didn’t show off the yarn in the way I wanted – so once the skeins were dry they were tuned into yarn cakes.
The yarns are produced 2 at a time (so 2 strands of yarn are knitted up together) – and it’s amazing how totally different two identical yarns of this type look when wound from opposite ends of their colour run. To make sure you can buy two identical skeins if that’s what you want we’ve labelled these yarns with batch numbers, and each pair has it’s own batch number.
Each 50 gram ball has 212 meters in length and will sell for £10. That’s plenty to make a cowl, or to combine with a semi solid colourway for some beautiful colour effects.
Here’s a good place to apologise for what are some truly dreadful photos – my camera and computer have decided that they are no longer on speaking terms so these were taken with my phone.
Here are batches 1 to 10
There are new Same Difference sock yarns
Alec and Jane (from When Vampires Knit Socks)
There are new sock yarn colours
There are lots of new multicoloured mini skeins
The two most popular colours from the new high twist 100% BFL are now available in sock yarn too
Finally, we’ve added black and undyed to the range of colours in the high twist 100% BFL range.
The shop update will take place at 1900 tomorrow.