Saturday, 8 March 2014
Yarn Review and Giveaway!
This tale has been told before but I am going to tell it again. About a month or so ago the lovely people of Black Sheep Wools were looking for volunteer bloggers. I put my name down and I was asked if I would like to review some sock yarn. I was hardly going to say no was I? I was sent some Regia Highland Tweed to try out and an extra to give away. So here it is all knitted up and I have to say I am a little in love with these socks.
The yarn is thicker than most sock yarns. I would say it was more like a double knit. Which is perfect as there are lots of double knit patterns in my sock books that I have been drying to try. I picked this pattern (gentle waves from The Big Book of Socks) because I thought the subtlety of the pattern would highlight the lovely tweed of the yarn. I think I was right.
The flecks of the tweed really come through. This is my first time using any tweed yarn although I have been wanting to for some time. The yarn has a lovely feel to it. It's extra thick thus making it perfect for a boot sock. It also doesn't split which is always a bonus. Unlike the Regia hand-dye effect it is also sturdier. I was worried about it breaking away because it does feel a little like that yarn but I needn't have worried. It even managed the grafting of the toe well.
It's the colours I love too. I love blues and I am usually drawn to them. The subtle changes of blue through the yarn are just lovely. There is even a hint of purple in there which I think the camera managed to pick up. It also comes in 150g which is more than enough for a ladies pair of socks or even a gents. I think I have enough left over to knit a pair for my sisters tiny feet. If you are looking to try something with a pattern and want something cosy for the winter then definitely try this yarn. I know I am going to be looking at what other colours it comes in. As for the pattern I used. it came from my faithful Big Book of Socks and it was a fairly easy cable pattern. It did feel strange knitting socks on such large needles though.
Now for the giveaway. I am giving away the extra ball Black Sheep Wools sent (for this purpose). So if you like the sound of the yarn and want to try it yourself all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address. Preferably within the UK but I'm not going to be a stickler about it. I will announce the winner next Sunday night (16th March) after I pull someones name out of a bag. So the cut off for joining in is 4pm 16th March. Good luck!