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Wacki Saki, not only a sock yarn

by Charles Voth

This week, I’m excited to be back on KNITmuch to introduce you to Wacki Saki, a soft yet durable sock yarn that I’ve explored using both for socks and other projects, one of which will be the featured pattern this week.

No need for a ball winder or swift as Wacky Saki is already wound up on balls.

I, for one, am really impressed with this sock yarn.  It has a lovely hand, one of the nicest I’ve felt in a while. It is spun out of superwash Merino wool, rayon from bamboo, and nylon. The ratio is 50%, 25% and 25%, respectively.

This 4-ply yarn is dyed after being spun to a decent twist, not too tight so that it feels harsh, but not too soft either.

Here is a closeup of Wacki Saki yarn untwisted so that you can see the 4 plies which still show how they hold the twist because they are curly. The dye, in this case, white, turquoise, and the yet unseen gray and black are applied after the yarn is spun. The yarn above is the Absurd Aqua colorway.

Wacki Saki colorways, 8 in all, are applied with space dyeing to achieve a faus-jacquard look.

Wacki Saki must have been a fun project for the yarn colorists at Wisdom Yarns, who produced the yarn in beautiful muted and a few bright hues. They also had fun naming the eight colorways with monikers such as Kooky Meadow (pictured above), Silly Twilight & Absurd Aqua (pictured earlier), Crazy TigerWild Woods, and Bonkers Bouquet.

Close-up of the Zany Viney colorway

This week, we’ll look at some German short rows to make a short-row heel in a sock. I’ll compare the same yarn at different gauges, and I’ll share a cute little pattern on Thursday, with a nice finishing technique for ribbing on Friday. I hope you’ll join me and knit some of these projects too!

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: One sock yarn, many gauges

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