Now that I’ve officially joined the ranks of obsessed sock knitters, I’ve suddenly realised something. There isn’t much sock yarn in New Zealand!!
It’s no wonder that our indie sock yarn dyers here do well. And they deserve to – Knitsch, Fibre Alive and Vintage Purls all produce the most amazingly pretty, quality sock yarns to be had. But now there’s one more to add to the mix: Flagstaff Alpaca’s BAMN blend. It’s a blend of New Zealand alpaca, merino and nylon, and I have to say, that I really, really like it. New Zealand merino and nylon give the yarn elasticity and strength, alpaca contributes that luxurious creamy handle, and all three fibres combine to create a beautifully soft sock:
This particular colourway is called “Stipple”. It looks dark on Flagstaff’s website, but the colour you see above is how it comes out in reality. The label said to use 3mm needles, but 2.5mm needles are producing the tension I prefer.
It’s very nice… I love how it’s self-striping, and that even within the bands of colour there is another colour. Very masterful dyeing! In fact, it’s so pretty that I decided I had to go and buy another skein, but when I looked at the website, I saw that this colour is out of stock! Nooooo!!!!!!!
I keep thinking I should start making socks as gifts. But each sock that comes off the needles is so pretty, so comfy, so yummy that I end up deciding that it’s mine, mine, all mine!!! Perhaps after I’ve done a couple more I will feel inclined to give some away…