More green socks!
Completed in April 2014

This is the hand-dyed Sparkleduck brand yarn called Galaxy in the Grow colorway. The label states that it's 400m per 100g, but I weighed this hank and there were 103g. That's a nice surprise.

The fiber content is 75% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon, and 5% Stellina for the sparkley bits.

I purchased this yarn from the friendly and helpful staff at the Sparkleduck yarn stall at the wonderful Waltham Abbey Wool Show, on 19 January 2014. The knitting festival was small but great in that there were so many independent knitting and yarn companies represented. I do appreciate exposure to these smaller companies. I much prefer buying yarn from a "mom and pop shop" than a huge multi-national corporation, don't you?

This Sparkleduck sock yarn cost 14 pounds (about US$22), which is pricey. I do like the merino/nylon blend, which, in my opinion, is the best combination for long-lasting socks. But, I could do without the sparkley bits. There's actually not that much sparkle at all. And, to me, the sparkley bits are just a tad scratchy. I've knit with sparkley sock yarn in the past, but I won't buy it again.

That being said, I do love the color! What don't we love about electric green? Sadly, though, when I finished knitting the socks and handwashed them to block, as you do, I was disappointed in that the yarn bled so much. When I pay this much for sock yarn, I expect the dye to be somewhat colorfast. Of course, a little bleeding is ok, but just not as much as I experienced upon hand washing.

The final two photographs, above, were taken at Blenheim Palace near Oxford, England, a train journey away from where I live. What a beautiful day out!

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