I've been eyeing this fibre for several years but never took the plunge. The reason, apart from its very high price, is that I read it lacked memory and so wasn't suitable for socks.
But finally I found some Qiviut that was blended 70% with 20% merino for memory and 10% nylon for strength.
Legare 400, 54 needle cylinder. I varied my standard hem top by knitting a pico edge, and I also added a wee bit lace work - three hearts circling each sock.
I was VERY nervous knitting these socks. What a disaster it would have been for this yarn to go off the rails!
And this is a pair of size Medium +, knit on the Verdun 47, 72 needle cylinder.
See the little scrap of yarn on the left? That 14" is what I had left from a 102 gram skein! (That's why I knit the Medium pair first - to see how far this yarn would knit.)
This yarn gives new meaning to the word YUMMY.
It is reputed to be:
- softer than cashmere
- stronger than wool
- and eight times warmer than wool
If I had a nickle for every fibre that was supposed to be warmer than wool! But in this case, I believe it ;o)
At 350 yards weighing in at just over 100g, the yarn is heavier than the typical 4 ply sock yarns I knit with. Yet, it feels so light I can't believe it doesn't float off the table. (Think of the best, lightest chocolate mousse you ever had.)
The yarn is very strong. Testing this I was hard pressed to break it - it took quite a tug. No doubt the benefit of the strong fibre as well as the nylon.
Have less elasticity, and being a bit heavier weight, I loosened my tension 1/4 turn when knitting these socks. Perfect. Just like butter.
Hmmm. Butter. Mousse. Maybe you're supposed to eat this stuff....