Yarn Review: Hedgehog Fibres Sock

I don’t generally do ‘reviews’ in the traditional sense, but maybe I should? We’ll see. Anyway I loved this Irish yarn, Hedgehog Fibres Sock, so much I felt I had to write a review of it, so here goes…

Yarn Review: Hedgehog Fibres SockA friend of mine (who is becoming a vegan knitter, which I find so interesting) was destashing all her animal fibre based yarns over the summer and I took the opportunity to add some superwash yarns to my stash. That was my criteria – I wanted yarn I could use for baby clothes, as I know this will get used at some point. So I bought three skeins of Malabrigo Rios in Sunset and one skein o f Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Seaglass.

Yarn Review: Hedgehog Fibres SockAnother friend (and knitter) recently had a baby, so I quickly cast on my new favourite baby cardigan, Beyond Puerperium, using the Hedgehog Fibres Sock. The yarn is a fingering / 4 ply weight, made of 90% merino wool and 10% nylon, with around 350m per 100 grams. And even better the yarn is dyed right here in Ireland, in Cork. I used around 65g for the 42.5cm cardigan.

Yarn Review: Hedgehog Fibres SockThis was one of my first times knitting with such a variegated yarn but I must say I’m delighted with the result. I’ve started knitting from time to time at my morning coffee break and several of my colleagues were curious as to how I was creating the multicoloured effect, until I showed them the ball. The overall effect reminds me of camouflage and my colleagues were very impressed.

Yarn Review: Hedgehog Fibres SockBut what prompted me to write this review is how soft this yarn is. I should say here that the colour in the first few pictures is more true to life – the pictures of the FO were taken in the evening before I parceled it up for posting. It’s just gorgeous to work with, I didn’t want to put it down. The stitch definition is also really crisp. I’ve popped the finished cardigan in the wash, and though I’ve only tested it after one wash, the garment really held it’s shape well.

And did I mention how soft it is? Definitely soft enough for a baby’s skin! You all know I’m a yarn snob, so for me this is a great combination of a washable yarn, made from natural fibre, that I really want to knit with. I know not everyone would be willing the spend the €22 on a skein for baby clothes (and I paid half price) but as the recipient is a knitter too I know she will appreciate the beauty of a hand dyed yarn.

Yarn Review: Hedgehog Fibres SockSo the perfect yarn deserves the perfect button, right? I wanted to get some rust coloured buttons to go with this cardigan, to pick out the brown-y tones in the yarn. I popped into A. Rubanesque and found the dotiest little elephant buttons. And even better – they were on sale. I do love a good button, the finishing touches can really make or break a finished item.

I will definitely be going back for more of this yarn, and will be trying more hand dyed, superwash yarns for baby clothes – for the right recipient (you all know what I mean).

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Tiny knitted pumpkins

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I’ve become a bit obsessed with these knitted pumpkins recently. I originally planned on knitting just one for my desk, but that was swiftly follow by a second, third, fourth fifth and sixth pumpkin. And I can’t say for certain that I’m finished. I’d love to knit one for my aunt, but I’ve run out of lighter weight orange yarn. The sixth pumpkin was for a colleague, so not included here.

Tiny knitted pumpkin in green, orange and white, knittingA friend of mine who knew I was knitting pumpkins sent me a photo last weekend of the pumpkin display in Fallon & Byrne, and immediately I knew I had to contact them to see if I could take some photos. So huge thanks to Fallon & Byrne who allowed the crazy knitting lady to take photos of her knitted pumpkins with their real pumpkins. I could happily have snapped away four hours and I’m so excited about the results.

Tiny knitted pumpkins in orange, green and white with a giant white pumpkin, knittingI bought the beautiful yarn for the orange pumpkins at HandmAid. I spotted it on the market stall and knew instantly that it was perfect, the colour is pretty much solid, but with some variation to give them impression of something more organic. It’s handspun yarn, spun by Eimear and is called Ashford silvers in orange. The skein was marked merino and silk, with 169m in the 50g.

Small, knitted, orange pumpkin with other gourds. knittingI had never knit with handspun before but I really enjoyed it. The first pumpkin was knit with the yarn held double on 2.5mm needles. The fabric was really tight so for the second pumpkin I switched to 3mm needles. For the third pumpkin I added a few extra even rounds to use up as much of the yarn as I could, so it’s slightly taller.

Small knitted green gourd with orange pumpkins #knittingThe green gourd was Hedgehog Fibres Sock in seaglass. This was knit, with yarn held double, on 3mm needles.

Small knitted white gourd with orange pumpkins #knittingThe white pumpkin was knit with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Paper, again held double, on 3mm needles.

Small knitted orange and white pumpkin with other gourds #knitting

For the stems I used my Embellish Knits iCord knitting yokey, and I used some brown and green lace weight yarn held together to get a bit of variation. I love these pumpkins so much, I know I’ll be taking them out every autumn for years to come.

The pattern is Spice & Clove Knit and Crochet Pumpkins by Hannah Maier and is much easier than I was expecting. You essentially knit and stuff a ball and then feed the yarn through the centre of the pumpkin to shape them. The only issue I had was that as some of my yarn was quite delicate they broke a few times as I really tugged the pumpkins into shape. I highly recommend you download this free pattern, but I warn you – it’s addictive.