While there are a lot websites and articles about what makes a good sock yarn and what doesn’t, I couldn’t find any consistent experiments. That’s where my sock yarn experiment comes in! This is an ongoing experiment testing as many yarns as I can find to see how they work for socks. I began with 75% Wool 25% Nylon as it seems to be the most popular yarn for socks. I then moved to the two yarns I currently sell… Read More »An Ongoing Sock Yarn Experiment
I’m excited to announce that I have been working with Liz Corke to create a sock kit! She’s designed a wonderful pattern with my 100% Falkland Corriedale High Twist sock yarn in the Violet Shadows colourway. The kit contains a printed copy of the Stravaig sock pattern (a code for a digital download is available on request) plus a skein of Corriedale sock yarn in the colourway of your choice. You can also choose to add a set of stitch markers… Read More »First Sock Kit!
Corriedale Sheep Corriedale sheep were originally developed by crossing the Merino and Lincoln sheep breeds. They were developed between 1868 and 1910 in Australia and New Zealand to create a sheep that would thrive in low rainfall areas and supply good quality wool. Beginning in 1914, they were exported worldwide and comprise a significant proportion of the sheep found on the Falkland Islands as well as in South America. They are a dual use sheep and are kept for both… Read More »A Look at Corriedale
It’s competition time here at Bluebell Yarns. You can win the yarn and matching stitch markers from the picture above. It’s two skeins of no-nylon sock yarn (50% Falkland Corriedale, 50% British Mohair) in Peach Melba (yellows and oranges) and Stargazer Lily (pinks with a hint of orange). There are loads of ways you can win, and each way gets you one entry: Twitter Like this tweet Retweet this tweet Reply to this tweet Instagram Like this post Reply to this… Read More »Competition Time!
The funny thing about being an indie dyer is that you have to think about things far ahead of when you want to. Currently, this means Christmas. Due to the success of my Yarn Advent Calendars last year, and the fact that there’s a rather major event happening for me in September, this year I’m starting early. I’ve spoken to the mill and they’ve agreed to wind the mini skeins for me which will save me so much time.… Read More »Thinking about Yarn Advent Calendars
I’ve finally found it! I’ve finally got my hands on some British (well, mostly, more on that below), non-superwash, no nylon sock yarn! I say mostly British, because it isn’t 100%. After much thought and consideration, I have decided that this is a good enough compromise for now until I find something better. The new sock yarn is a blend of 50% British Mohair and roughly 25% British Falkland Islands/25% South American Corriedale. As I said before, it contains no… Read More »Sock Yarn and a Newsletter