Sometime back in late January or early February I was commissioned by a friend to make a pair of socks. Not just any socks, these socks, but more on those later...when they're done (thankfully, there is no time rush on this project- I do plan on completing it soon though and there will be pictures of my completed work then, I promise).
The yarn I ordered for this project is actually what I wanted to showcase today. This is the first time I have ordered anything from KnitPicks so I wasn't sure what to expect but when the yarn arrived (in a very timely fashion) I was pleasantly surprised at the "yumminess" of this 75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon sock yarn.
I've always been leery of ordering yarn online because I like to be able to hold it in my hands before I commit to buying it. I will admit that my willingness to try online yarn ordering this time around was driven mostly by the amazing prices I found at KnitPicks. The yarn pictured above was $3.69/ball- that's cheaper than JoAnn's with a coupon! I was also lured in by their amazing selection of colors. They had the specific color combo I was trying to find for this project that I wouldn't have been able to find at my usual yarn haunts. I will admit that the colors of the actual yarn are a bit different than the pictures on the website but not shockingly so. Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase and plan on becoming a repeat KnitPicks customer.
I realize "cheaper" is not always better so I am curious if anyone out there has any experience with KnitPicks (or similar) yarn vs. expensive hand-spun/dyed yarn. Is there a difference in the way it holds up? Does it wear differently? I would love to hear what anyone thinks about this.