Shetland Croft Wool..... Sock Kit.
Well its that time again....snows here and will be with us until about 20th April, it's a very Long Cold Winter here in Quebec !
The sheep dont seem to mind the snow. I leave the door open during the day so they can go in and out. Inside the barn its cozy and dry. The hay mangers are filled and overflowing with the best quality semi-dry silage hay...... they can eat as much as they need to stay healthy and warm. The sheep spend their day frolicing in the snow......me i mind the snow. Inside my rubber boots i like my feet to be Toasty warm and dry so i can enjoy doing my barn chores....there is nothing more miserable than cold, damp feet !
And here's my newest yarn....''shetland Croft Wool''
This is made from 100% shetland wool raw fleece that i purchased on the internet.
( my sheep are not ready to start supplying me with wool until next spring.....Can't wait as i know our little flock have really lovely quality fleece)
Natural brown Moorit.....it's very soft compaired to regular sheep wool. The grey however is not so soft but its still 100% shetland and has a beautiful colour and twist to it.
The socks back then were a lot heavier than the type we all make today. The wool was almost worsted weight.....very heavy for socks but they did the job, feet were warm and dry.
I wanted to knit a pair of socks for work so i came up with this and will make them as a kit for the December giveaway.
The socks are longer type. Come upto your knee, the top half is knit in 100% shetland Moorit 3ply in a mistake rib (it's difficult to see the mistake rib stitch without stretching the sock top, but its a very attractive stitch). The grey leg section feels like the perfect yarn for these type of socks because its quite close knit and has plenty of twist will stay up no problem and is knit with a k3,p1 stitch = No Drooping. As you can see i'm not quite at the heel yet still a good few inches to go but when i get to that part it will be knit with the Moorit colour. When i turn the heel it will be knit double to help with the durability issues. The foot will be knit in grey and the toe knit in Moorit to finish.....will post pics of finished sock ASAP.
One sock done....it was really nice knitting with sheep wool again after all these years. 2nd sock is well underway and i'm looking forward to wearing them inside my rubber boots. And now all the family wants a pair....thought my christmas knitting was finished !
Socks complete and i love them, not only do they keep your feet warm and dry they warm your legs too, they will be quite duarable. The legs length measures 14'', foot length 10''.... i got quite big feet.
Check back too for more blog posts on Shetland yarns and blends: 70% shetland-30% silk,
70% Shetland-30% angora rabbit.....YUMMIE YARNS !
To learn more about shetland sheep visit www.shetland-sheep.org.uk
Giveaway details:One winner chosen at random from correct answers.
FROM: 01-December-2012 TO 31st-December 2012.
Kit Contains: enough shetland wool yarn to knit a large adult pair of socks and the pattern.
***Please note you will need both 2.75mm and 2.5mm D.P.N's ***Not provided in kit.