Before I opened the shop, I taught classes around the DC metro area and at the now closed Knit Happens. One of the classes that I once taught was a prep course for those attending the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. We had copies of the vendor map and plotted out what was hot and where you wanted to get to first thing. (This was long before Miss Babs and Neighborhood Fiber Co were at the festival). The longest lines back then were at the Fold, which was the exclusive seller of Blue Moon. People stood in line to get into the booth and then to check out. And there are still pretty decent lines at their booth now over a decade later. So when I opened fibre space, one of the first companies that I reached out to was Blue Moon. At the time, they weren’t interested in wholesaling to anyone else, and I promptly forgot about ever getting the yarn in my shop. Every year at the festival, I would buy a couple more skeins of Medium weight to add to my sock stash. So I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear from Tina of Blue Moon a few months ago! So now a full 8 years later, Socks that Rock has finally landed in space.
Blue Moon comes to us from Oregon, where each skein is carefully hand-painted. Each skein is soaked in their magic solution, and laid out to be hand-painted, steamed, and hung up to dry. Taking the time to individually dye each skein allows Blue Moon to come up with tons of beautiful color selections for our pleasure. We’re happy to welcome the first of two of their bases into the shop this week.
Socks that Rock Lightweight is a 3-ply fingering weight yarn with a tight ply, and a super bounce.
- 100% Superwash Merino
- 5.15 oz / 146 g
- 405 yards / 370m
- 8-10 stitches per inch (2.5 cm) on US size 1 (2.25mm) needles
My top picks for this yarn:
1. Socks on Plane by Laura Linneman
Just one skein will make these cute and easy cabled socks. The cable repeat is easy to memorize!
3. Hidden Message by Kate Poe
From the designer:
These socks are inspired by the move Before I Go To Sleep, which stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth and was designed for Super Sock Scarefest 2017. In the movie, Kidman’s character awakes each morning with no memory of what has happened or who she is. There are notes everywhere to tell her things and she has a video diary. One of her memory aids has a comment of “Don’t Trust Ben.” And Ben is her husband.
The socks use a knit/purl pattern, in Morse Code, to write out “Don’t trust Ben.” The Morse Code key is included for those who wish to incorporate a different message.
3. Sallah Cowl by Bristol Ivy
The all over stitch pattern is perfect for spreading out highly variegated yarn like the hand paints of Socks that Rock.