Friday, October 24, 2008

Hazel Knits sock yarn is EPIC

Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Yarn

Hand Dyed Fingering weight

400 yards

90% Merino 10% Nylon
8-10 stitches per inch
US size 0-1.5 needle

Crochet Gauge: 21 - 32 stitches = 4 inches using US B-1 to E-4 (2.25 - 3.5 mm)

Care: Machine or hand wash, cold water.

I consider myself a connoisseur of hand dyed sock yarn, and I was immediately impressed the first time I saw the Artisan Sock yarn. This hand dyed superwash merino is created in Seattle’s own Wendee of Hazel Knits. Hazel Knits yarn is hand dyed in a studio free of pets and smoke. Professional acid dyes known for their excellent wash fast and lightfast properties are used. The base yarn is custom milled in a tight twist exclusively for Hazel Knits. The nylon is spun through the core of the yarn, so it still provides added durability without compromising color. For those of you who think you might not like tight twist, believe me, it does not compromise any of the softness of the merino. This is a soft yarn! The base yarn, to me, seems comparable to Blue Moon Fiber Arts STR Lightweight ( although it seems a slightly thinner than their lightweight). It really is a dream to work with! The colors are beautiful and consistent. Wendee takes great pride in her work and the product that she puts out to represents her.
Also, if you can get your hands on one of her elusive skeins of one of a kind color, that she labels “Rogue,” you can consider yourself a very lucky knitter or crocheter!

Reviewed by Stormy H.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

FINALLY! Noro Sock yarn is in at Yorkie Yarns!

Folks, it's trickling in but I finally got a shipment of Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn. The colors are to DIE for.

Noro is known for their long, vibrant color way and once again, they didn't let us down. Now, you don't have to knit just sox with this magnificent stuff. I've seen sweaters, fingerless gloves, hats and a few more things on Ravelry knitted out of this yarn.

(What!? You're not familiar with Ravelry? Go check it out.)

Anyway, Kureyon is getting rave reviews! Come see! Come see!

Sock of the Month Club (SOTM)

Wow! What a group of great sock knitters! Monday night the SOTM Club met and were stretched outside socky comfort zones. Our instructor, Liz, knows how to encourage sock knitters to relax and create. The club is a great venue for grasping new & unique ideas. AND they have wonderful time.

This group is growing fast.
The SOTM Club meets every 3rd Monday at 6pm at Yorkshire Yarns. So call or come by & reserve your spot for next month. The cost is $35 & includes yarn, a pattern & instruction. After 12 times attending you'll receive a free skein of selected yarn.

***Next month (February) Liz will teach the technique for toe-up socks.***