Tuesday, March 16, 2010

a tale of two socks

Crown Mountain Farms Superwash Merino
it appears that i bought this fiber in 2008, so it's been a long journey. Crown Mountain Farms Superwash Merino in San Francisco. this might be my favorite superwash merino fiber. it's really easy to spin longdraw in pencil roving form.
CMF Superwash Merino handspun
2oz spun as a 3ply fingering weight sock yarn, and 2oz spun as a fingering weight chain-plied yarn.
Crown Mountain Farms handspun socks
Pattern: none. toe-up with rounded wedge toe, 3x1 seed stitch rib over 60 stitches, gusset and slip-stitch heel flap, 8" leg, 1x1 rib cuff.
Yarn: handspun CMF superwash merino, detailed above.
Size: Women's 6
Needles: #1 knitpicks harmonies
Started: February 28, Finished: March 13
Crown Mountain Farms handspun socks
i love these socks. i was worried that they would look so different that they wouldn't coordinate, but i think it works. i will report back on the durability, which is sort of the main point of the experiment. i prefer the striping colors of the chain-plied sock, but i think that the subtly blended 3ply is more unisex. or maybe i only think that because the pink doesn't show up in the 3ply. at any rate, i like the color striping enough that i think i would continue to knit chain-plied socks in the future, durability be damned. i certainly have enough experience darning socks by now.


  1. I like the navajo plied one better, but think both are nice socks. I'd be interested in learn how 3-ply versus navajo ply are holding up. I'm working on fiber I've bought in 2007, when I started spinning! Still got lots of fiber from that time in my stash.

  2. Wow it's almost hard to believe those socks came from the same fiber. I like the look of the chain plied way better. I've only spun bulky so it's hard to imagine how great it would be to have socks from my own handspun.

    Anyhow they both looks great. Well done. =)

  3. I can't believe those are from the same, er, what do you call them - tops? Very nice!

  4. Wow, I love how they show off the difference in plying methods. Very nice!

  5. I love those socks too. :)

  6. wow, its so interesting to see the difference between the two different ways to make a 3-ply. I prefer the look of the real 3-ply, but when spinning like the simplicity of a navajo ply.



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