Sock Yarn Longevity: Shelridge Farm

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: “Canada” from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
Yarn: “Soft Touch Ultra Solid Colors” by Shelridge Yarns

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Years Worn: 2

Verdict: I’m bringing this series to a close with a yarn from the country that is now my home. When I knit these socks, back in January of 2013, I had a serious crush on Canada, but no prospect of actually living here. It’s still a little shocking to realize that I live in the same country as the likes of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee or Amy Singer or Kate Atherly or the rest of them. (Then again, I actually live farther from them now than I did before. Like, a lot farther. Canada is kind of big.)

I knit these Canada-inspired socks with the Canadian yarn recommended in the pattern, from a small company in Ontario that my mom was already a fan of. They mostly do these big sweater kits that are pretty cool, and are hard to find outside of shows, but you can get their yarn from their website, and more info on how to find them.

This yarn is a really good one. It was very smooth and soft to work with, very bouncy, looks beautiful in both texture and colorwork, and is spun in such a way that it’s proved quite sturdy despite being 100% merino. You can see the pills, but then again, all these pictures were taken in lighting that highlights the pills, to make them honest. I don’t notice them when wearing, and that colorwork pops and makes me cheerful. This is worth investing in for a sweater, I think. Two thumbs up!

Tomorrow: What have I learned about sock yarns?

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