On Monday, I featured a picture of my WIP, Popsicle Socks in this Spud & Chloe Stripey Fine yarn ("Cherry Sundae" colorway). The socks are coming along nicely and they're very easy, straightforward socks. If you've never knitted socks before, or just want a solid simple sock pattern, be sure to check out this pattern developed for Spud & Chloe Fine yarn by Susan B. Anderson. If you're reading this, you can get 50% off this pattern on Ravelry! Use the DISCOUNT CODE: Stripey.
And now the review, and your chance to WIN FREE YARN!
Spud & Chloe just launched this new line of yarn in January this year, and kindly sent me some samples to play with. They come in 7 new colorways, in the same base as the Spud & Chloe Fine yarn: 80% superwash wool, 20% silk. Due to its silk content, the yarn has slight sheen to it, and it's heavy fingering weight, perfect for not just socks, but shawls, baby knits, and other accessories.
Each skein is 50 gram skeins, approximately 191 yards/175 m per skein.
The colors are variegated, and actually come from the solid-colored Fine palette! You can definitely do some interesting colorwork by mixing and matching the two. For instance, this Cherry Sundae colorway contains Lipstick (#7810), Popcorn (#7800), Tickled Pink (#7826), Red Hot (#7815), and Sassafras (#7808).
You can also check out their first pattern specifically developed for this yarn, Stripey Wristlets. The sample of this pattern was also knitted in Cherry Sundae colorway.
So I decided to knit a pair of socks with this sample yarn. I am currently a little bit obsessed with plain Stockinette st socks. So the Popsicle Sock was perfect to test this yarn.
I am almost done with the first sock and so far I love it. It's a bit different from other wool/silk blend sock yarn I've tried. It feels a little more sturdy and "fat." I used Size 0 (2.0mm) needles with this sock pattern because I tend to have looser tension, but I think Size 1 (2.25mm) would've worked well too. I started trying it on as I was knitting and already love how soft but durable it feels on my foot.
Also, the good news for you is, that Spud & Chloe sent enough yarns for me to give away THREE!!!! skeins!!! They will be more than enough for a pair of socks with long legs (I've made mine 7.5" long before turning the heel, and I'll need to start the second skein before working the toe).
To win these gorgeous yarns,
1) Leave a comment on this post, with an answer to this question: what would you make with this yarn??
2) Make sure you leave your email address and/or Ravelry ID so that I can contact you somehow.
The comments will be numbered and the winner will be chosen randomly. You can enter this giveaway contest until 11:59 PST on Thursday, MARCH 5, 2015. And then I'll announce the winner on Friday!
Product Name: Stripey Fine
Category: Yarn (Sock/Fingering)
Manufacturer: Spud & Chloe
Washing and Drying Instructions: Wash gently in cool water with mild soap. Tumble dry low until damp, block to shape.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review by Stitchcraft Marketing and Spud & Chloe. The opinions in this post and blog are entirely mine, and I was not otherwise paid, compensated, contracted, or obligated to review this product.