Sunday, April 29, 2018

Knitting with Nettles


I was so excited to discover this yarn. I mean, knitting with nettles just sounds fun, doesn't it?
I don't normally write very much about specific yarns here on my blog, I tend to save that for my shop newsletter. But I really want to talk about this yarn.

It's a European sock yarn that doesn't contain any synthetic fibres. Instead, it's a blend of soft wool and nettle fibre. The nettles provide durability to the yarn in the same way that nylon usually does. Given that nylon wasn't being added to yarn until mid-last-century, but socks have been being knitted for much longer than that, it's fairly clear that we don't actually need nylon in socks.



I've even got a pair of socks made in pure wool, and they are actually wearing pretty well. But this nettle yarn is more durable, and the added bonus is that plant fibres take dye differently than animal fibres. This has given some of the colours in this yarn a natural heathered or flecked effect, and it's lovely.
I only ever knit with natural fibres, with the exception of using some traditional sock yarn blends last year. So to have this lovely yarn that's durable but still made of nothing but natural fibres makes me really happy.

The colours in this yarn are just sublime. They all mix and match together really well, being bright and fun or soft and pretty depending on which you pair. This yarn is also suitable for everything you'd usually use sock yarn for, such as shawls and other accessories.
I'd like to knit myself a pair of watermelon inspired socks using this colour for the main sock and this colour for the toes, heel and cuff.

If you'd like to take a peek at all the pretty colours, you can view the range here. I hope you like them as much as I do :-)

Have you ever knitted with nettles?
Does nylon free sock yarn excite you too?

Happy knitting!

Sarah 

PS If you have any questions about this yarn, please feel free to get in touch through the shop here.



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12 comments

  1. Oh Yes!! Bring on the watermelon socks :) xo

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    1. I'm glad you like the watermelon socks just as much as I do :-)

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  2. Wonderful colors! Watermelon socks would be amazing!

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  3. Nylon free excites me, but not half as much as Nettle!

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    1. It's really fun knitting with different fibres, isn't it?

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  4. Ooh this sounds lovely! Might have to splurge and knit sone more socks!!

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    1. You can never have too many hand knitted socks!

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