Yarn Review: Havirland, “Pax Sock” base
Wound up in a ball – I’ve seen it called a “gobstopper ball” before – when it is a self-striping yarn. Frankensock kits are packaged up in a plastic bag, with each set of yarn wound up on a plastic bobbin (think the same as for embroidery floss). I could only wish that the bobbins were numbered or there was some way – short of checking the web shop – to identify which yarn was which. Otherwise, non-self-striping yarns are mailed as hanks.
No need to do anything to this if you’re knitting socks and you know you can get two socks out of one normal-sized ball. If you want to knit TAAT toe-up, you’ll want to pick your start point, and then wind onto a swift (or by hand) and then break it off at the same start point. For hanks, they fit easily on a swift.
I really enjoyed working with this yarn. It has good stitch definition, is smooth in the hand and on the needles, and no unexpected fuzz/halo. A little bit of fuzz has developed on it after washing and blocking the swatch, but only close inspection: from arm’s length, it’s incredibly crisp and clear. The stripes are not quite perfectly-matched in length, but within 1-2 rows. There was no visible dye bleeding when this was soaked and blocked.
In this review, I can include a “wear” section (yay!). I knit this up for my husband (at his request) into a pair of Tulip Poplar socks. He wears his socks hard at the balls of his feet and the heels, and has worn this pair at least a dozen times. There is some fuzzing and less definition at the points of major wear, but it’s holding up very well otherwise. These have been worn at work (he’s a teacher), when he’s been on his feet and walking most of the day.
It’s never quite guaranteed what will be in the shop, so if you like something – grab it! I believe it’s possible to contact the dyer and ask for a custom dye/listing, but I haven’t done so. I’ve made two purchases from her: one included the above swatched/imaged yarn (“Shark and Awe”) and two Star Wars related skeins, and then a second order which included a Winter Frankensocks kit, and a hank of Vintage Ornament.
Base/Line: Pax Sock (80/20 merino/nylon, 400 yards/100g)
Colourway: Shark and Awe
Put Up: ball
Purchase: Ordered online through the Havirland Etsy site.