The Woodsman's walk - Merino/Yak
Fibre: 70% Superwash Merino / 20% Yak / 10% Nylon
Weight: Sock / 4 ply (3 ply construction)
Meterage: 400m / 437y per 100g skein
Recommended needle size: 2-4 mm (depending on the fabric required for your project)
For Socks: 2 - 2.5mm
The Woodsman's walk is a beautiful semi-solid mossy green but this base gives me a great opportunity to dye for the colour I want, not the colour I have - the gentle taupe base brings a yellow undertone that can make a paler green murky and muddy and you know we do not do muddy colours here! However if you use teal then the yellow makes the blue tones green & the green tones...green and you get - a nugget of purest green! (Thank you Blackadder).
A light touch of dye allowing the beautiful base tones to peep through makes this yarn a multi-tonal, earthy, woodsy delight. Reminiscent of those woodland walks all over Scotland that are bursting with life and a variety of scenery from lush & verdant carpets of grass and wildflowers to the strong, stark stones seen so often in our walls, jutting up from the nourishing earth and softened by growths of moss & lichens, full of busy insects. A reminder to allow ourselves to get lost among nature, ground ourselves, breathe in all the scents of a thriving green place and be revived & de-stressed, even if just for a little while.
This Yak sock is utter luxury that spoils you while working hard and lasting well. Yak is incredibly soft but has no halo so you get the warmth of Alpaca with no fuzz which means less pilling. As a short stapled fibre Yak blended with wool and nylon creates a mix with the strengths of all the fibres that mitigates their weaknesses. This is a lightweight, warm, strong, smooth worsted yarn that is as soft as cashmere, with the Yak down adding warmth (30% warmer than wool), with beautiful drape and great elasticity. This won't full a great deal after washing and has beautiful stitch definition. Socks or other garments made from this yarn will have a beautiful drape and great resilience. This is an investment in luxury that lasts, a gift that will keep giving for years to come if well cared for.
If you love Alpaca but can't do fuzz then this sleek soft Yak is for you.
Recommended care: This is Superwash Merino, Yak and nylon so can be machine washed at low temperatures (cool or cold) on a gentle cycle but we recommend hand washing as Yak is prone to felting and to keep the dye looking it’s best.
While we do our best to keep our colours consistent each hand dyed yarn is one of a kind so we advise alternating skeins in a multi-skein project. See FAQs for more information.