Thursday, August 09, 2012

Hot summer socks

contributed by Shawn

Yep, that's right - socks in the summer - these are HOT, HOT, HOT! Customers are loving our new tangerine sock sample. The lovely bright color is an eye catcher and when they feel the fabric they are hooked!   
We knit this basic top-down sock using the Figheadh Yarnworks Fundamental Top-Down Socks (#F01) pattern.  It's a great option for basic socks because it offers such a wide range of possibilities for both size (baby through adult men) and gauge (superfine through worsted weight yarn). 
This sock pattern actually uses a "Bamboo Rib". Funny that we chose a bamboo yarn for it!

What really makes this particular sock so wonderful is the yarn we chose: Knit One Crochet Too Pediwick sock yarn. This fingering weight yarn is machine washable and offers great advantages because it is made from bamboo!  It is soft but very durable, and helps your feet thermal regulate because bamboo is an excellent moisture-wicking, breathable fiber. This means it will help keep you warm, but in warmer weather, it will act as a cooling fabric.

For those of you who don't like wearing wool against your skin, bamboo is not likely to irritate the skin or bother those who have animal allergies. It's a naturally smooth fiber, and it's soft and strong, so it is perfect for socks.

But wait, there is more! Pediwick is spun with a natural stretch that gives the socks an elastic advantage to help keep them in place.  Make socks with Pediwick and you'll have no more slouchy socks! 

We've been using Pediwick in striped socks this summer since the colors are so nice. Try Plum with Sage:
or Chalk Blue with Tangerine:
or Dusky Aqua with Wheat for the summer:
But neutral stripes also look great (like Slate with Natural):
and I'll definitely be making some of those for gifts this holiday season.

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