Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Another New Yarn

Stephanie wrote:

Sock Summit is fast approaching. While our inventory shipped last week, we are still busy - knitting samples, filling orders, preparing our summer sock club for shipment.

The designer for our summer sock is Shelagh Smith of Vermont Designs by Shelagh. The summer installment features Twinkle Toes in a cheery colorway and a pattern reminiscent of the season. It's not too late to order the summer kit. You can find it here.

In the midst of all this craziness I've been sampling another new yarn. This is Alpaca Sox - a blend of 60% superwash merino, 25% alpaca, 15% nylon. Sorry there isn't a link - it will be on our website soon.

We had this custom spun by the same mill that spun our Bunny Sox. Alpaca Sox has a nice hand, and the merino content insures elasticity.

We decided to give Alpaca Sox a test run on a fingerless mitt.

This wee bit of cuff is the beginning of Orchid Lace Mitts by Anne Hanson.

Alpaca Sox takes the dye beautifully and provides wonderful variation. The color contrast adds some depth but doesn't detract from the lace pattern. I've also been eyeing a couple of scarf patterns for this yarn. I think Alpaca Sox will prove to be very versatile.

Alpaca Sox, along with Bunny Sox, will be available at Sock Summit.

1 comment:

livnletlrn said...

Wish I was going to Sock Summit with you (or at least Scott's sheep were!), but I'll look forward to hearing about it when you get back. I'm sure it's going to be fabulous and your yarns will go over BIG!