I LOVE MY WARM BOOT SOCKS......It's that time of year again, socks are coming out of the sock draw faster than i can knit them !
Can't complain, had a wonderful summer, my grand daughter Ruby is a joy & my sheep all had healthy happy lambs with beautiful fleece.....life is Good !
Back to the socks...I just love how Shetland wool socks are kind to your feet. The only drawback is they are not very durable unless they contain 25% Nylon. I can not bare the thought of adding this awful disgusting man made fibre to my yarns so i came up with the idea of adding kid mohair/silk yarn to the sock for durability. Kid mohair is tough. Its soft & tough. The silk too is very strong & adds some sheen & Luster to your knitting.
This past summer i introduced a new qiviut sock that contains kid mohair/silk & customers tell me they are very durable compared to qiviut alone so why not try the same with the Shetland wool socks.
See the sock's. That sock is knit from 2 strands of lace weight 100% qiviut in Arctic Purple & 2 strands of kid mohair silk in natural grey(Click to enlarge to see more detail)
I figured I would do the same with the Shetland wool: 1 strand of pure organic shetland wool yarn & 2 strands of mohair/silk. Then again, I want them to be boot socks so i may test knit them with 2 strands of Shetland wool. Boot socks tend to be bigger & thicker. They are not dress socks, they are winter weight !
Here is another pair of the qiviut/mohair/silk.
These are the yarn colours. from Left To Right: Natural Black, Amber fawn, light fawn & brown
I tested the tension using 2 Shetland & 2 mohair yarns & to be honest it was way to thick !
The socks would end up more like a clog sock so i have decided to cast on with 1 strands of 3 ply Shetland wool, 2 strands of mohair/silk lace & 1 strand of 2 ply lace weight 50% Qiviut-50% Shetland.
Will add the pattern very soon once i recheck the tension !