I have been busy knitting socks with Flotte Socke Kolibri yarn - a beautiful 3-4 ply yarn that knits up quickly even on 2.5mm needles. The colour I am using is 'Rainbow' - but there are also other colours available, such as orange-mustard-lilac and blue-lilac.
Knitting socks is the perfect project for the school holidays when you may travel a bit here and there and can't always take a major knitting project with you.
But a ball of Flotte Socke and a set of double pointed knitting needles fit nicely into any handbag and can be pulled out whenever there is an idle moment.
I am impressed with the colour run of this yarn and how the different colours gradually blend in to each other.
This is a perfect yarn for gloves or lace-knitting, too. I can just imagine having a set of socks and gloves and maybe even a hat all from the same yarn!
Knitting yarns for everyday socks are usually a blend of 75 per cent super wash wool and 25 per cent polyamide. The super wash wool ensures that the socks can be washed in the washing machine, the polyamide strengthens the yarn - your socks will last much longer with the polyamide than without. For that reason, standard wool is usually not recommended for socks that get a lot of wear.
Unless, of course, you don't mind hand-washing your socks, or you are after comfy bed socks which don't get quite the same wear and tear!
We currently stock a range of sock knitting yarns in 3 to 4 ply and in 6 ply, with 8 ply sock knitting yarns expected in store soon. If you find the finer yarn too thin, you could also knit with two strands of yarn at the same time.
Prefer chunky socks that are super comfy for a cold winter's night?
Check out this beautiful and free pattern for chunky toe-up bed socks from the NSW Knitters' Guild website.