In my short history of knitting socks, I’ve tried to use a different brand of sock yarn each time I cast on for a new pair. I love trying out new yarn and discovering the unique properties of each one. It’s like biting into a chocolate from a box of assortments – you never really know what you’re doing to get until you experience it!
This time, I decided to try Happy Go Knitty‘s new line of BFL sock yarn. For the uninitiated, BFL is short for Blue-faced Leicester, an English longwool breed of sheep that produces beautifully fine, soft yarn that is also hard wearing. It’s a cult favourite, and I can see why.
Well!! What can I say!? I LOVE this yarn! There’s one word that sums up my experience so far: Juicy.
What do I like about it? Well, at the time I got it, I mentioned that it felt very ‘sproingy’. It is indeed full of life. It somehow feels lively, and very elastic and bouncy under the hands. It has a lot of body without feeling dense. It’s quite a different experience to merino.
As I knit this sock, a beautiful silky surface with a soft lustre and even stitches is appearing. It feels like this sock will wear very well even though it has no nylon in it. I think the strength of the long fibres in the wool will have something to do with that. I can’t wait to wear them and see how they perform!
I’d heard a lot of good things about BFL, and it has been on my ‘hunt’ list for a while. I even have a few skeins of natural BFL in my collection (thanks Colette and Kb!) However, I’d not found a suitable project to knit any of it until I got this sock yarn. Now I have something to squee about!
As for the colour, I am totally loving the beautiful dye job that Helene has applied to it. It’s a clear, juicy rapberry pink with soft semi-solid variegation that isn’t pooling or becoming overly stripey. I think if I had a name for this colourway, I’d call it Raspberry Fizz!
Will I be buying this yarn again? You bet!