Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, love and good health during the holidays. And, of course, a happy new year!
The long waited Kureyon Sock is here and it is everything I had expected plus some.
I actually had a skein of Kureyon Sock for the last month or so. I knitted a swatch and then gave the rest to a customer of ours for a review. I wanted to have an independent perspective on the yarn. Below are my thoughts on the yarn and then his feedback.
Kureyon Sock is a single ply yarn much like the regular Kureyon line. It is also spun roughly and has a slight thick and thin texture. Each 100 gram skein has approximately 457 yards of yarn, which is sufficient for a pair of average size socks. I have been asked often if the yarn is too rough and/or itchy and my answer to both questions is no. However, if you are looking for a soft sock yarn or a super soft knitted sock this is not the yarn for you.
On the skein Kureyon Sock feels slightly softer than the regular Kureyon but with a twine like texture. When I knitted my swatch with my skein (color #180), I started with US size 1 needles, which I found too small for the yarn. So I switched to US size 2 needles and that worked much better. On size 2 needles I got 6.5-7 stitches to an inch and I was able to enjoy the texture of the yarn much better.
Before blocking my swatch had a slight overall fuzz, much like other single-ply wool yarn. The swatch was softer than I had expected, definitely softer than the yarn as it was on the skein. I blocked my swatch by soaking it in cool water and then gently pressing the water out. The gauge or the size of the swatch did not change but it did get slightly softer.
The sample sock was knitted by Steven and I did not block it (the photo to the left is pre-wash). I wanted to find out what would happen if I were to wash the sock. While the yarn band recommends gentle hand-wash only I have read multiple posts on Ravelry that this was not a must. So I threw the sock in with the heavy wash in warm water with jeans.
I was surprised to see that our sample sock came out OK. It did not shrink at all but the fiber became a little fuzzier and looked more like it was felted. The colors held steady and none of the yarn came loose. So I threw the sock in to the wash one more time and again nothing much happened! I did not machine dry our sample sock both times I simply laid it flat to dry.
While our sock survived machine washing well I would not recommend this process for your socks. I believe our sample sock did not change in size due to Steven’s tight gauge – he knitted the sample sock with size 1 needles, which did not leave an allowance/space for felting.
I also had my 2.5 year old wear the sample sock all around the house for a day (pre-wash). If you know little boys you know that they can clock in quite a bit of mileage on an average day. The sock held and with one day of use it did not pill at all.
What appeals to me the most about Kureyon Sock is the richness of the colors and the way color lines show on the knitted fiber. Currently Kureyon sock comes in 12 colors that are same as the regular Kureyon colors lines. However, given the yardage on each skein colors show a little differently on Kureyon Sock; one gets a wider range of colors for each skein. I know I should not single out one color line but I cannot help myself, color #188 is simply dreamy. I love the combination of deep moss greens, lilacs, deep lavender and finally amethyst like purple with occasional silver like beige.
In summary, if you like the regular Kureyon line you will like the Kureyon Sock line. If you have never used the Noro line and you would like to try the Kureyon Sock be ready for a unique experience. It is my humble opinion that with its new line Kureyon Sock, Noro will have a dedicated following. One final note, if you would like to have a small sample of Kureyon Sock please let us know, we will include one with your next order.
With all that here are Steven’s thoughts:
Well, here is one.
My friend Ada sent me an email with a link for this washcloth that is made with Crystal Palace’s Cotton Chenille and I am knitting one. The decision to knit one (or more), was made simpler as we have the Cotton Chenille on sale at the store (insert sheepish smile here).
But seriously, this is a really simple and functional gift. I am going to enclose home made olive oil based soaps with mine and presto, I have my gift! So I thought I would share the link, just go to Canadian Living and the pattern is there for you to see.
Thank you Ada!
Hope you are all well and knitting with a smile.
Just in case you did not notice we slowly started introducing new yarn lines from South West Trading Company. We now carry their yarns and patterns.
First it was Twize, a beautiful 100% bamboo yarn with a silky hand and great drape, as a closeout.
Twize comes with free patterns and it is great for lighter garments and of course, non-wool scarves and accessories for that no-wool person in your life. Or, for you, if you would like to try something different in bamboo.
I also just finished listing Tofutsies and just when I thought I had all the colors listed we received the limited edition December Tofutsies and free pattern (special edition colors come with free patterns).
It is past midnight and I just came from a long walk with Mellow so it is going to have to wait till tomorrow evening. But you can see all of our other colors on our website. Tofutsies is a sock yarn with a rather unique fiber mix including 50% superwash wool, 25% Soysilk, 22.5% cotton and 2.5% Chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells). Each Tofutsies skein weighs 100 grams and comes with enough yardage for a pair of socks – strike that if you wear size 12+ shoes.
Tomorrow I will be listing Karaoke, a 50% wool, 50% Soysilk yarn that comes in solid and variegated colors. Karaoke can be used for knitting and felting projects. Good news, we do have closeout colors that we will be listing on sale.
I have over 75 new yarns on hand waiting to be listed and a couple of new yarns that I CANNOT wait till they get here. I am going to keep them as a secret hope this is OK. I am not sure which one will show up at our door first but I assure you, I will let you know before I listed them on the website as I am so in love. I cannot wait to get them on my needles. OK, enough teasing.
Mellow and I were out for our nightly walk and it is absolutely gorgeous out there. We had snow last weekend – SNOW IN SEATTLE! – and it was cold cold cold. The next day (Sunday), it melted but we kept getting ice mixed with rain. Today it is warm!? There is a wild wind out there but it is not enough to make one fall and it brings the smell of the Puget right up the hill.
I know you did not walk with me tonight but wish you could have…so, imagine yourself walking in a warm Seattle night, wind blowing your hair wildly while you smell the sea all around you. Then imagine passing by houses already lit up with Christmas lights, surrounded with lavender bushes and the smell of lavender and Puget is all around you. Then imagine stopping by what we call the ferry-hill to watch the ferry come back from the islands all lit up in the dark of the night on Puget. Then imagine Mellow sticking his wet nose in to your hand to remind you that he is there and wants to go back home. That was my walk.
Hope you are all well and knitting with a smile.