Yep, I’m using Wollmeise sock yarn for my Frog Warts Socks.
I’ve been seeing quite a hubbub over this sock yarn here and there in the blog-o-sphere for the past couple of weeks, so I was very curious to give the yarn a try.
The first thing I noticed about it when winding it into balls was how soft it is not coming off the skein. In fact, it sort of feels like cotton string, not the 100% wool that it is. It reminded me of Opal sock yarn, except I think Opal is slightly softer in the skein.
I started knitting with it, a toe-up sock toe, as per usual. While knitting the toe and doing the increases, I was somewhat disappointed in the yarn. It seemed to have very little give, and I found that it was very easy to split stitches. The yarn is made up of multiple thread-like plies (I count 7 plies), and I had to remain vigilant to keep all those little plies in line.
Another annoyance — the yarn has a tendency to kink up on itself rather badly, which slows down knitting.
Once I got past the toe and the every-other-row increases, I was much happier and started to relax and enjoy knitting the yarn. As I mentioned yesterday, the dyeing is lovely. It also has wonderful stitch definition and the knitted fabric is very elastic and nice, even though I think the yarn itself has a somewhat stringy feel. I understand too that it will soften up nicely when it is washed.
I’ve got one other skein of Wollmeise, and I might wash this skein before knitting it, just to see if it makes any difference. But then again, I might not. I like to live on the edge, you know?
I’d be interested in hearing about the experience and perceptions of people who have knitted with this yarn. Do you agree with my findings or am I being overly picky?
A couple of you have asked if I have ordered Wollmeise directly from Germany — I have not. My Wollmeise came from The Loopy Ewe.
Here is the state of my second Frog Warts Sock.
Southwestern Socks Pattern
The Southwestern Socks pattern is now available as a free download from The Loopy Ewe’s Free Patterns Page. I hope you enjoy it!
Adventures in Grocery Shopping
I was perusing the weekly ads for a local grocery store this past weekend and was nonplussed by this offering:
I’m not sure what the weather has to do with it, but as it is rainy today, I guess I can’t count on getting any shark loin, eh?
Did someone say “shark loin?”