March 5, 2011

Saturday Sock Blanket

I broke my rule about using leftover sock yarn and I dove into a new skein before I even knit any socks out of it.  Now I am worried that I won't have enough yarn for my Kai-Mei's (rav).  I seem to breaking every rule I set about this sock blanket.

This square is knit out of  Paca-Peds Semi-Solid by The Alpaca Yarn Company (rav).  I purchased this yarn at my LYS, which is rare for me as I buy most of the bulk of my yarn stash online.  However, this yarn was nicely squishy in the skein with just  the slightest halo from the alpaca content.  The label reads 20% alpaca, 65% superwash wool and 15% nylon.

Knitting with it was another experience all together.  The yarn didn't feel like it had as much give as some other yarns.  I'm leaning towards the fact that it contains nylon, but I don't believe that to be the only reason.  Perhaps it was the quality of wool.  The majority of what I knit with is merino and this wool is unspecified.  This might make it less sproingy.

I also had a little bit of trouble with my needles splitting the yarn plys.  The individual plys remind me more of thread than any thing else.  I was using my fixed Options needles by knitpicks, but I expect a blunter pair of needles would do the trick.

Now I am off to weigh my remaining yarn on my new scale to see if I've ruined a perfectly good pair of unknit socks.


Trillian42 said...

It's probaby the alpaca more than the wool - alpaca is non-springy.

Great color! I love it!

Lainey said...

So pretty! I love the fact you said "sproingy"!