I have one more wonderful finished pair of socks to share with you and then I will be all caught up on my sock knitting FOs. Hooray! There is so much great stuff on the horizon, not the least of which is my Dyeabolical order that landed last night (sneak peaks available on Instagram). As usual, they are 100% rad and I can’t wait to get my needles clicking on them. First things first though, yes?
My 9th pair of socks since the kick-off of the Socks with Sarah KAL on January 15th had to be pretty simple. I was starting them during our Spring Break when my in-laws were visiting and I wanted to be able to — you know — visit. A simple project goes well with chatting and driving to activities, so I cast-on a Churchmouse Basic Sock in the wonderful new-to-me West Yorkshire Spinners 100% DK BFL from the New Country Birds Collection in the Owl colorway.
I discovered this yarn during the first week of the KAL when a fellow knitter, Ravelry ID: MidKnitOwl (you can check out her blog here), posted photos of her finished socks from the WYS New Country Birds Collection. Bird nerd that I am, I simply had to check it out. It also wasn’t lost on me that a ton of Socks with Sarah participants are from the UK (as well as other locales far & wide), so I’ve been working on and off to find some nice yarns to use from abroad. I know a lot of wonderful options are available and I really want to be able to highlight some of them here on my blog. West Yorkshire Spinners, I’m happy to report, are the first stop on this world tour. And it was definitely a nice stop indeed!
From the very first touch, I was impressed with how soft & bouncy this 100% BFL yarn is. After knitting a brilliantly bright sock, the subtle neutral tones of the Owl colorway were exactly what I needed. The patterning of this self-striping yarn alternates between solid stripes and almost fair-isle-y stripes.
So fun, in fact, that I knit the first sock in one day. Largely in part to a day of long car rides, but also the DK weight, size 3 needles, and super fun color & pattern changes just made them fly.
The WYS website has a number of BFL and wool/nylon blends in fingering, DK, and aran weights that are just perfect for socks. From beautiful neutrals to brights, they offer a full range of colorways so there truly is something for everyone. The DK skein I used was 244yds which is not as much yardage as I am used to, but the price reflects the smaller skein and it is still more than enough to make a pair of socks with a perfectly respectable 7″ leg for my US size 8.5 – 9 foot. For a bigger foot or longer cuff I would definitely recommend purchasing a second skein for good measure. Oh, and in case you were wondering, I found shipping to the US to be reasonably priced and prompt.
I will be honest, upon finishing these socks up I was so tickled that I currently have dreams of order one (or two) of each of the New Country Birds Collection — perhaps even in the fingering weight. My husband is dying for ANYTHING made from the Blue Tit colorway just because he so loves that little bird. I, however, can’t discriminate. I’ll take a pair of each, thank you very much. Maybe throw in some of those corresponding Spice Rack colorways for contrast heels and toes….
Oh, a girl can dream, can’t she?!
For more info on these socks, please check my Ravelry project page here.