Since SKEINO opened it’s doors we offered sock yarns to our customers. We thought it would be a good idea to let you know a little bit more about why we work with these yarns and give you some insight about the history, characteristics and unique facts of each of them.
At this time, we have a collection of four different yarns at SKEINO which are perfect for sock knitting: DONEGAL, CORRIEDALE, MERINO-NYLON and TENCEL. All four yarns are Fingering Weight. The 4 oz. skeins provide between 416 and 465 yards of yarn, which can be knitted up to make a good pair of socks with at least a 4 inch shaft. All of SKEINO’s sock yarns come in our opera colorways, named after the world’s most famous and beautiful operas.
Today let’s take a closer look at the CORRIEDALE SOCK YARN.
The Corriedale breed was originally developed as a cross from English Leicester with Merino.
The Corriedale Sock Yarn is a domestic yarn:
100% Corriedale Wool, one skein contains a generous 435 yards of the 4-ply machine washable yarn and comes in many colors.
The Corriedale breed was originally developed as a cross from English Leicester with Merino. By 1911, the Corriedale had become a recognized breed, named after the Corriedale State in Otago, New Zealand.
This breed now boasts the second highest sheep breed population (behind Merino), with an estimated one hundred-million sheep, world-wide. All this happened a century ago from its much maligned start in New Zealand. They have since been used as one of the parents for the Targhee breed in the United States.
The fiber diameters are 26 – 35 micron, which makes them not so very soft to be used for sweaters or jackets. But the durability is just perfect for Sock Yarn.
This concludes part 2 of your sock yarn diaries. We hope you are enjoying this series. Stay tuned for the next episodes of the series which we will publish soon.
Happy knitting and as always please feel free to comment on or ask us anything.