I was going to write this post about the first set of ChiaoGoo interchangeables, but I thought I would break them up a bit with a yarn review in the middle! The yarn I found while searching for materials for the most recent pair of socks really surprised me. I remember buying Four Seasons Gründl: Hot Socks Diamond on a whim because I had nothing to knit while at Paul’s parents’ house. I blogged about it here.
This yarn was advertised to create socks with stripes. It’s not that I doubted they would knit up with stripes, but I guess I didn’t have high hopes about how good they would look. I expected them to knit into stripes of all different sizes and look kind of unorganized.
They turned out so well! The stripes might be kind of random, but they go together as a whole. The stripes that are all right beside one another are complementing rather than random. Now that I have them almost done, I am having a hard time parting with them.
The yarn itself was surprisingly soft, I don’t remember exactly what I paid for it, but I know it would not have been much. Since the label is not English I couldn’t decipher the composition, but with the wonders of Ravelry, I was able to pin down English instructions. The yarn is 75% wool and 25% nylon, which is about average, so I am not really sure what makes it so soft. It was really a pleasure to work with. My only issue is, each ball of yarn is 50g and 230 yards (210 meters). This means you only get one sock per ball. On one hand I could see why they would have one sock per ball. You want the socks to be matching so you would need the same colour progression throughout the ball. However, I got two balls from the same dye lot and they did not start at the same colour. I had to wind the yarn up till I reached the purple I started with. If I have to do that anyway, I would prefer just having to buy one ball and being done with it. I am actually very surprised I didn’t manage to lose the second ball.
Aside from this, I really REALLY liked the socks that this yarn produced and I would definitely buy it again. I am something of a yarn magpie, so I usually try lots of different things when I am out and about, but I liked this yarn so much I would definitely buy it again.