Friday, April 20, 2012


I'm on a sock jag again. Maybe I've been on a sock jag my whole life. I always have at least one sock on the needles, and often have three or more going at a time. It got me to thinking how much I love patterned sock yarns. It wasn't too long ago when sock yarns came in solid colors only. BORING! The only way I could stand to knit up a sock in only one color is to make it in a complicated stitch pattern. I've done it more than once, but still find it boring. I NEED COLOR!!!!!

First there was sock yarn dyed up with short color changes, known years ago as "variegated", but commonly called "hand painted" nowadays. These were fun to knit up, and usually resulted in random stripey patterns. At left are socks from Mountain Colors Bearfoot.

It frustrated me that the color changes occurred randomly, sometimes forming stripes in one sock and puddles in the next. I devised a way to puddle the colors in every sock (top photo)-- and Sara's Colorwave Yarns was born. Details are in a previous post HERE.

The yarn for the sock shown at top is available for sale HERE.

Next were yarns which knit up in stripes and small checks- these were wildly popular when they first came out! The sock in the photo is an older version of Regia 4-ply, but there are still many colors and styles available HERE and HERE.
Then came sock yarns with longer and slower color changes. I love these! There are many brands available now, but these happen to be Fame trend.
You can get self-striping yarn with sharp color changes now too! Check out these from String Theory and Knitpicks!



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