Sock Fiber Samples

Every year my guild has a challenge.  This year I couldn’t get my creative juices to come up with anything that excited me.  But for next year, I have something in mind that I’m jazzed about.  Next year is the 50th anniversary of Alaska becoming a state, so the challenge is make (weave, spin, knit, crochet…) something with blue and gold.

(There is neat story about the design of the flag by 13 year old Native Alaskan Benny Benson.)

I have decided to knit some socks.  I am going to spin the yarn and then dye the skeins separately blue and gold.

To help decide what fiber to use, I spun up some samples.

So much for a picture saying a thousand words.

I am trying to determine what fiber or blend of fiber that would have some durability, yet was still have soft/squishy/elastic qualities.  I also don’t want a fuzzy yarn.  I am going to using stranded knitting to knit the socks. 

The singles are 3 ply and spun semi-long draw worsted.

Skeins C (100% Corridale), D (100% Merino) and E (100% BFL) were spun from tops.  The Merino and BFL were very nice soft/squishy/elastic, the Corridale didn’t have much of these properties. 

Skein F (90% BFL, 10% Mohair) (spun from batt) was soft but less elastic than the 100% BFL, it was also slightly fuzzy.

Skein B (50% Corridale, 50% Merino) (spun from batt) had some soft/squishy/elastic properties, less than the 100% Merino, but more than the 100% Corridale.

And lastly skein A (48% Corridale, 48% Merino, 4% Mohair) (spun from batt) had the same soft/squishy/elastic properties as skein B, the Mohair didn’t seem to add fuzziness to the yarn.

Mohair is suppose to add some durability, though I am not sure if 4% will add much.

I’m going to blend/spin some more of A and knit some socks.

I have ordered some romney (a fiber I haven’t worked with but have heard some like to use it for socks) and will spin up some samples of it.


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2 Responses to “Sock Fiber Samples”

  1. Opal Says:

    I really admire your incredibly scientific approach to this project. I look forward to seeing how your progress with this.

  2. Jeanne Says:

    Sounds like a great project – looking forward to seeing what fiber you choose!

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