A great sock yarn…

Every once in awhile, I find a yarn that I LOVE. I stock up on it so that I can make many projects with it. This post is about one such yarn.

I love Nature Wool from Araucania. It’s listed as worsted weight, but I don’t make sweaters from it. I don’t make hats from it.

I love, love making socks from it. On size 3 needles (it really is more of a thin worsted).

Now, they don’t make soft socks (this yarn isn’t Merino afterall), they make hiking socks. Rugged socks. Socks that with the sweat and friction of moving will felt to the shape of your foot (but aren’t itchy).

It started by me buying a few skeins in an amazingly warm brown to knit my boyfriend a pair that he could wear when he goes hunting (that pair has since been stalled for suspected “curse” activity) and I had been completely struck by how perfect it was for a manly pair of socks. The thickness is perfect and the kettle-dyed effect is awesome. It doesn’t pool at all! I love it!

So, of course I had to buy enough for a pair for my dad (in an olive green – I didn’t photo that because it’s still quarantined because of the summer of mold).

But then, when I heard that it was on closeout at Webs, I feared that it was being discontinued (anyone know the answer to this?) and so I had to buy enough to knit myself 2 pairs. You can see the colors I chose above. It was kind of difficult to pick colors from a computer square less than an inch big, but I think it turned out just fine. I’m happy with the colors.  There’s a great denim color and a warm autumn orange (not a color I usually do).

I do hope it hasn’t been discontinued.  The enviromentalist – wannabe in me wants the opportunity to knit many socks in this yarn.


5 Responses to “A great sock yarn…”

  1. 1 Lorette August 30, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    Oh lord, you said the dreaded magic word “discontinued”. That’s enough to make me whip out that credit card.
    Have you tried Peace Fleece for socks? It makes great heavy socks that mostly wear like iron.

  2. 2 JulieFrick August 30, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    Hey- cool! I have some of that stuff and hadn’t thought of making socks with it at all! I was gonna do a cape thing for Granny. Hmmmm. Yes, I do wonder about the discontinued. I doubt it.

  3. 3 Chloe August 30, 2006 at 10:40 pm

    Now there is a pattern that just caught my eye. I am one of those moronic knitters who pretends that it is the meditative, Zen-like mesmerizing repetativeness that draws me to a project. The truth is, I’m a moron. If my dog had an opposing thumb, he could out-produce me. However, that sort of waffle-y look looks like something I could handle. Is it a made up pattern or can I get one?
    I even like the butterscotch brown…and i don;t even LIKE brown!
    That’s one good looking sock.

  4. 4 Carrie K September 1, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    Rugged hiking socks are my kind of socks! I don’t know if the yarn is discontinued or not but there are about to be a few less skeins loose in the world.

    I love the sock color and the pattern you’re knitting now.

  5. 5 Liz September 26, 2006 at 10:42 pm

    hmm! good idea… I have some nature wool in my stash that is annoyingly thin for worsted… I think I’ll knit some socks, too.

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