It’s funny how things unfold. A couple of weeks ago, when I reviewed my goals, I finally gave in to putting my impulse bought yellow BFL in the stash and ignoring it. However, only a few minutes after I published the post where I fessed up to that plan, I looked at my twitter feed and spotted Jolie’s no nylon sock KAL.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot (an awful lot) about sock yarn with no nylon. I believe the right breeds of sheep, or mixture of breeds, can produce a better, more environmentally friendly, sock yarn than those with nylon. If you don’t know, nylon is a standard content of most sock yarns.
My key question was, What breed(s) would work best to produce a soft enough, but tough enough, yarn for everyday socks? And this is exactly what Jolie’s KAL is working on.
It’s not that I hadn’t thought of knitting socks with the yellow yarn before. In fact, I think some of you guys have suggested it to me too. However I considered BFL too soft for anything other than bed socks. But Joeli’s KAL has enticed me to see what sort of everyday socks it makes, because the No Nylon Sock KAL is followed by ‘The Project’.
The Project involves Joeli, and anyone else who wants to, wearing and exploring how well the different fibres they use in the KAL stand up, compared with socks knitted with yarn that contains nylon.
YEP! the project is a scientific bit. And I just love a bit of science. As I say, my hypothesis is that the BFL won’t be tough enough. But hopefully I’m also going to have time to knit some socks in what I think may be more suitable yarn too.
I started my yellow sock knitting last week – but the Secret Sweater took priority, then life has stopped me knitting anything this week. So this all I’ve done…
The KAL started on 8th April, but it runs until June 10th, so there’s still time to join in if you fancy it!
How do you feel about nylon being used in sock yarn?