The Sock Yarn Diaries – Part 3: Merino-Nylon 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: DONEGALCORRIEDALE, 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.

In this announcement let’s take a closer look at the MERINO-NYLON SOCK YARN.

The Blend of 75% Wool and 25% Nylon is the most common fiber mix for Sock Yarn.

SKEINO’s variation of this blend contains a generous 435 yards of the 4-ply machine washable yarn and comes in many colors:

Our Merino-Nylon Yarn comes in 24 bright colorways

Our Merino-Nylon Yarn comes in 24 bright colorways

The Merino is a domestic fiber from different sources milled here in the USA. The 25% Nylon adds to the strength of the yarn and both fibers are very well blended and spun into a fine yarn. Four single spun yarns are plied together.

Nylon is a man-made fiber used commonly as a binder in wool yarns.

Nylon is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers known generically as aliphatic polyamides, first produced on February 28, 1935, by Wallace Carothers at DuPont’s research facility. DuPont is an American chemical company that was founded in July 1802 as a gunpowder mill by Eleuthere Irenee du Pont. Nylon is one of the most commonly used polymers.

SKEINO Merino-Nylon Yarn in Colorway Nabucco

SKEINO Merino-Nylon Yarn in Colorway Nabucco

SKEINO’s Merino-Nylon Yarn is easy to care for: Machine wash gentle and tumble dry low.

This yarn is not only good to knit a pair of socks. Many knitters prefer this yarn for Babies and for Children. It is warm, soft and the fingering weight creates nice thinner pieces. The easy care is very favorable for Baby or Children knits.

Closeup of SKEINO Merino-Nylon Yarn

Closeup of SKEINO Merino-Nylon Yarn

This concludes part 3 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.

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The Sock Yarn Diaries – Part 2: Corriedale 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: DONEGALCORRIEDALE, 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.

SKEINO Corriedale skein in colorway Summer

Corriedale skeino in colorway Summer.

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.

SKEINO’s Corriedale Sock Yarn comes from herds in Wyoming.

SKEINO’s Corriedale Sock Yarn comes from herds in Wyoming.

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.

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.

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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: http://donegalyarns.com/products/)

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.

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