Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn
Hedgehog Fibres has many devoted fans. Count us at The Knit Café among them. This hand dyeing studio from Cork, Ireland has been garnering rock-steady devotion since their launch in 2008. The reason for this popularity no doubt is due to their talented and fearless leader Beata Jezek. Beata has a unique vision when it comes to colour; just imagine if Jackson Pollack loved punk rock and glow sticks and you might get the picture. She also knows what to do with all this inspiration and whimsy. The dye is applied with a deft and precise hand. Hedgehog Fibre was a pioneer of the speckled and splattered colour dye jobs that so many of us knitters are crazy about. Colour dispersion is often relegated to a stitch at a time with lively dots of colour and quirky juxtapositions. Some of the more painterly looking skeins combine these small pops of colour with slightly longer runs to really interesting effect.
No hedgehogs were harmed during the production of Hedgehog Fibre yarns. This yarn gets it's name from Beata's last name - Jezek, which means "hedgehog" in Czech. Hedgehog Fibre Sock is mulesing free, so no sheep were harmed either.
The Hedgehog Fibre Sock Yarn is a little bit finer and spun a little bit looser then many sock-weight yarns featured at The Knit Café. Despite the name of this yarn it is not primarily for socks. It does have 10% nylon mixed with the 90% superwash merino so if you choose to make socks they will stand up to reasonable wear. This yarn however, has a very soft hand and has enough drape that it would be even nicer for shawls and light scarves and other garments. The Find Your Fade project by Andrea Mowry; a beautiful oversized shawl featuring 7 different colours of Hedgehog Fibre has really made excellent use of this yarn. Also try The Knit Cafe's Bonnie Bandit project.
Fibre: 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon
Yardage: 400m / 437yards
Gauge: 28 stitches per 10cm / 4 inches with 2-3mm needles
Care: machine wash, may bleed with first few washes