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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fabulous sock yarn - Skinny Bugga

I have to sing the praises of this sock yarn that I bought at the Sock Summit in July 2011 in Portland. It was expensive, as you can see below it costs $28.00 per skein. However, after I knit one pair of socks I still have enough left over to knit a short pair of socks if I use different yarn for the toes and heels and maybe the cuff. I have done this before quite successfully, see my Spiral Toe Socks on Ravelry.

I knit the Hedera socks designed by Cookie A. from this yarn and have been wearing them for three days in a chilly Vancouver apartment (what is with the West Coast weather?? - cold and wet so that the lilacs are hardly even in bud much less flowering as they should be . . . ) and my feet are warm and cozy.

The yarn is a mix of Merino wool, cashmere and nylon. I am sure it is the cashmere that makes the socks so comfy. I hope that the nylon keeps them from wearing out too soon. I would rather knit a whole new pair of socks than darn heels.
The company that sells the yarn used to be the Sanguine Gryphon. However, they have since closed and reorganised into two new companies, The Verdant Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns. 
The yarns in the Bugga and Skinny Bugga range are all named after insects, hence the moniker. Here is the description from the Cephalopod Yarns website.

Skinny Bugga!

$28.00per skein

A true fingering weight version of Bugga!, Skinny Bugga has the drape needed for lace, makes soft but long- wearing socks, and shows stitches with crisp definition. While the high superwash merino wool content makes this yarn machine washable, all hand- knits crave the gentle treatment of hand washing. Finished garments should be laid flat to dry, but a trip through the dryer won't do any real harm. 

Due to the variation in color between skeins inherent in hand-dyed yarn, we recommend alternating skeins every two rows or every round if using more than one skein. 

80% superwash Merino wool /10% cashmere /10% nylon
4 oz / 424 yds
8 sts/" on US #1
3-ply fingering weight

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