KnitPicks Sock Lab Yarn Review – Limited Edition Hand-Dyed Yarn – August 2019

by | Jul 26, 2019

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I’m so excited about this limited edition hand-dyed yarn! It’s soft, smooth, and sprinkled with bright, cheerful speckles.

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know I love squishy, hand dyed yarn. 

So when KnitPicks offered to send me a few skeins of their newest Limited Edition Sock Lab Yarn to try, I was thrilled!

So, what is a Sock Lab yarn?

Well, each month, KnitPicks takes a batch of either their Stroll or Hawthorne yarn bases, and hand-dyes them with Limited Edition Colorways.  These colorways are only available for about a month, until they sell out.  You can get them as a subscription box, or order them by the skein.  Once they are gone, those exclusive, limited edition colorways are no longer available.

Limited Edition Hand-Dyed Yarn - KnitPicks Stroll with Speckles

I received two coordinating skeins, in a soft cotton bag.  I know I will use this bag all the time, ’cause I already have an older version of this same bag. ????  I’ve been carrying my project for this yarn around in it, and it is the perfect size for a few skeins of yarn.

For the August release, there are a whopping 10 different colorways to choose from!  I got “Grape” (purple) and “Grape Speckle” (white with purple speckles), which go together perfectly.

Soft, Merino Wool Hand-Dyed Yarn from KnitPicks - Yarn Review

These yarns are from the Stroll collection, which is a soft, smooth, fingering-weight blend of superwash merino wool and nylon.  This yarn is designed for socks, but just because it is called “sock yarn” doesn’t mean it’s only for socks!  It’s perfect for any project that calls for fingering weight yarn, and feels so nice to knit with.

One skein of KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in Grape Speckle

The “Grape” colorway is a lovely shade of lavender, with royal blue-ish speckles.  However, “Grape Speckle” is spattered with royal purple speckles, on a soft white base.  It’s not a pure, bleached white, though.  It’s more of a warm white, but not quite cream or ivory.

Purple hand-dyed fingering weight yarn with royal blue speckles

And, best of all, Stroll yarn is machine washable and dryable!  That’s perfect for socks, but is also a great feature if you are making something else with it.

two skeins of KnitPicks Stroll Limited Edition Sock Lab yarn

The Project

I’ve decided to use both colorways in one project, because I love how it looks like the whole project has been speckled after it was knit.  I’m knitting a scarf with wide stripes of each color, which, once it’s finished, will be a free pattern here on my blog!

two speckled yarn cakes with a knitted wip

So far, I’ve knit over 9,000 stitches with it, and this yarn is so nice to knit with.  It’s smooth and soft, with little fuzz, and it doesn’t split as you are knitting.  This yarn would also be great for crochet!

Soft, white hand-dyed yarn with purple speckles

Huge thank-you to KnitPicks for sending me these beautiful yarns to try.  I am loving working with this yarn, and I’m so happy with how my project is turning out so far!

If you want to try this round of Stroll Sock Lab yarn, you can check it out on the KnitPicks site here.  Remember, these yarns are available in limited quantities, so be sure to grab some before they sell out!

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