Yarn Review: Havirland “Pax Sock”

Yarn Review: Havirland, “Pax Sock” base

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First Impressions:

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.

Preparing:

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.

Knitting Up:

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.

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Wear:

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.

 

Purchase Experience:
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.

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Studio/Dyer: Havirland
Base/Line: Pax Sock (80/20 merino/nylon, 400 yards/100g)
Weight: Fingering
Colourway: Shark and Awe
Put Up: ball
Purchase: Ordered online through the Havirland Etsy site.

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4 thoughts on “Yarn Review: Havirland “Pax Sock”

  1. Great idea to review sock yarns- I’m always interested in trying new yarns and so it’s helpful to hear about other knitters’ experiences, especially with regards to wear. Your shoes are the perfect knitted sock display!

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    1. Thanks! I’m hoping to do one every two weeks – I ‘ported this one over from the placeholder blog and will have a new review up Monday – Mothy and the Squid (out of Scotland). 🙂 The shoes are clear Converse (who may very well get their own review down the road).

      Are there are any yarns (especially indie dyed ones) you’d particularly like to see?

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      1. I’ll look out for the Mothy and the squid review- I don’t think I’ve ever heard of them, but I’m interested in trying out more local yarns (I’m based in England)-so any more UK yarn reviews in particular would be great!

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  2. The review for Mothy is up here: https://stringnpaper.com/2018/01/29/yarn-review-mothy-and-the-squid-donegal-sock/ – I actually had to check to make sure that it had gone up and not sat in Drafts for some reason! 🙂

    It is actually cheaper for me to order a lot of UK yarns than commercial yarns from the US(!) so I have a number of UK indie dyers in my stash. I’ve got plans for Norah George Yarns next month, and then I have Stranded Dyeworks, Countess Ablaze, and Skein Queen in my metaphorical queue (… they’ll all be socks, it’s just a case of which one gets knit up first). And I… maaaay have broken my yarn diet and gotten some Beehive Yarns that should arrive next week…

    I’ll see if I can arrange this so there’s at least one UK dyer a month. Obviously, also, if you have any dyers in particular you’d suggest because you know and love them, I’m not always as familiar with them as I’d like to be, so I will happily take suggestions for them! 🙂

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