Sock Yarn Longevity: Crazy Zauberball

A daily mini-series in which I give an updated review of some sock yarns I have used, having given the socks some wear. For first post and longer explanation, click here. Pattern link below is to my original review of the yarn when the socks were completed; yarn link goes to Ravelry.

Patterns: “Hat Heel” by Kathleen Sperling, published in Knitty Fall 2009
Yarn: “Crazy Zauberball” by Schoppel-Wolle

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Years Worn: 7

Verdict: These were one of my earlier pairs of socks. In fact, they are probably the oldest pair that I still use.

They started as a ball of funky sock yarn that I fell for in a yarn shop in Cape Cod, back when I was still using Xanga, so the pictures from that post are long-gone. In that ball, all the fall colors I love were blended in a funky way. It said it was sock yarn, and at that point in my career, that was all I needed to know. I knit them with an amusing pattern I found online, did a horrible job guessing what calf increases should be like.

In the years since, I have thrashed these socks. I wore them all the time, put them through the washer and dryer without mercy. Can you believe they’re still kicking? It’s not very thick stuff, but that 25% nylon does its job. There are plenty of pills, but you can see they’re pretty discrete; I could pick them off if I thought it was worth my time.

Eventually, the balls of the feet did wear out; that’s where I tend to use my socks the hardest. Back then, I kept all my yarn scraps. Amazingly, the teeny tiny leftover bit from these socks (remember, I used this pattern so I could use up as much of it as possible) had survived three moves and six years in the scraps bag. That meant that the patches on the bottom at least coordinated, even if the construction of the yarn from two plies of slow self-striping singles meant that the exact combo of colors was not available to patch with. I wrote about my sock-patching experiments here.

I’ve worn them another two years since that patch, and the yarn around the patches is getting pretty thin now, too. I will have to say goodbye to these socks eventually. But by golly, I have loved them. So if you like your socks a little goofy, and if you don’t need your self-striping socks to match, I would highly recommend Crazy Zauberball. It has hung in there for me. Two thumbs up.

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