Sock Lite and Donegal Sock

Olann is a marvelous hand dying enterprise based in Ireland. They create revelatory colour concoctions using a variety of techniques both traditional and innovative. The skeins are dyed in small batches to ensure that quality and artistry permeate each. Olann takes the same care when choosing their yarn bases. All their yarns are ethically sourced to make sure the animals and humans working with them are treated humanely.

The Sock Lite is a fine fingering weight yarn, a blend of superwash merino and nylon , and it is so soft. Very suitable indeed for wearing against the skin in a neck draper or a sweater. The Knit Café designed a pattern for our 2018 Yarn Club called Equinox. It can be completed with 2 skeins of Olann Sock Lite, with some to spare thanks to the generous yardage on each Sock Lite skein - 425 metres - Wow!

Fibre: 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon
Weight: fingering - light fingering
Yardage: 425m / 465y
Gauge:32 stitches per 10cm / 4 inches
Care: wash in cold by hand or machine, lay flat to dry

Traditionally, Donegal is a tweedy yarn that hales from Donegal Ireland but it has become more widely recognized as a yarn that comes studded with flecks of colour that are affixed during the spinning process. This sprinkling of spots (commonly called "neps") can add lots of colour-interest and texture into a knitted, crocheted, or woven fabric. Neps adhere better to the spun fibre the more it is washed and worn, some neps will come loose while working with the fibre. This soft, mostly merino yarn will be an excellent choice for project such as shawls and light sweaters, and you could try it for socks too! 

Fibre: 85% superwash merino, 15% Donegal nep
Weight: Fingering
Yardage: 400m / 437 yards
Gauge: 28 sts per 10cm /4 inches
Care: wash by hand or gentle cycle machine in cold, lay flat to dry. Washfast and lightfast but may bleed for the first couple washes. 


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