The Sock Yarn Diaries – Part 1: Donegal Sock Yarn

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 DONEGAL SOCK YARN

The name Donegal refers to a town in Scotland.

The Donegal Sock Yarn is a tweed yarn with little colorful Rayon Flex spun into the yarn:

65% Merino Wool / 25% Nylon / 10% Viscose (Rayon Flecks)

One skein contains a generous 465 yards of the 4-ply machine washable yarn and comes in many colors.


SKEINO Donegal Sock Yarn in colorway Lohengrin. Note the rayon flecks that are typical for this yarn.

Finished Donegal socks in colorway Tosca

Finished Donegal socks in colorway Tosca

The name Donegal refers to a town in Scotland. Donegal Yarn is reputed to be influenced by the green valleys and hills flecked with grey and white stones of its landscape.  It also features the purple, pink and blue heathers of Summer, golden shades of Autumn, the red berries of the Rowan and Holly trees in Winter and the yellow blooms of the Gorse bush in Spring – unique features never seen in any other yarn. The Donegal yarn consists of a base blend of up to six individual colors with a further seven or eight contrasting solid flecks dotted along the surface of the yarn. The skill and craft in producing this yarn lies in the ability to attach the fleck while keeping the solid contrasting feature of the fleck intact. (source:

Here is a great video where you can see the whole process from shearing up to the finished woven pieces. We love the accent!

To reflect the concentration on flecked/nepp effect yarns and the increased internationalization of the customer base the business was renamed Donegal Yarns in 2008 and remained with this name ever since.

As you can see Donegal has a rather special story and we hope you like it as much as we do. And when it comes to the yarn we think it’s not only pretty but also perfect for sock knitting. This concludes part 1 of your sock yarn diaries. 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.


SKEINO is now shipping to all 28 EU countries

We are so happy that our European customers now have it so much easier to order with SKEINO.

No more contacting us via email to place your order! We have now included all 28 EU-countries to our standard shipping rates so starting today you can order directly on from anywhere in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom.


To all our customers in Australia, New Zealand and Asia please continue to contact us via email to place your orders for now. We are working on that one too…

As always please feel free to ask or let us know your thoughts down in the comment section.

Keep on knitting the free world! :)



h+h knitting trade show – some cool pics!

We are back in the US and brought with us some pictures we took at h+h trade show in Cologne Germany. SKEINO went there to check out the coolest new trends in needle craft industry. What we found were knitted cars, beautiful patterns and a speed knitting competition! But look for yourself…