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.

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