So Christina and I each balled a hank of Wollmeise on Saturday. She balled her hank of Orient which are intended to be a pair of Kai Mei socks. I balled my lone hank of Indisch Rot.

Wollmeise - Mint Condition

Wollmeise - Mint Condition

This was taken just before it was reverently removed from it’s protective plastic wrap to be balled and forever sullied of it’s ‘mint condition’ designation. Now it’s just a ball of normal looking sock yarn. It’s soft, it’s certainly bright, but without the fancy plastic wrap and the tag identifying it as the Super Special Awesome Elite German Wunder Yarn, it’s just yarn. I don’t yet know what I’m going to knit with it, but I’m taking suggestions. Any ideas?

Also, here’s a fun little video of Christina winding her hank. Enjoy!


So this afternoon I washed my little red sock in some Eucalan and let it dry. 2 points in favor of this yarn: despite the slight color bleed on my hands while I was knitting with it, it did not bleed in the soak and after drying all afternoon it is in fact much softer than I originally concluded. It’s still not as smooshy as I would like ‘Smooshy’ to be, and I continue to hold my ‘perfectly serviceable sock yarn’ views from before. I will be working up a larger item with the remainder of the hank to test for ‘next to skin’ wear before rendering a final verdict. Please do not misunderstand me, this yarn is lovely. The color way and vibrancy is absolutely stunning (which is what drew me to the yarn in the first place) and I do like it much better after a soak and dry,  my only complaint is that it’s not super squishy like the name implies. However, to be fair, this could be my fault for two reasons; a) I knit incredibly tight especially on DPN’s which is what I knit the baby sock on  and b) I knit a solid stockinette sock. Given the opportunity to ‘bloom’ properly in a lace or cable pattern or a looser gauge this may plump up. I’m going to knit the next item out of it on a looser gauge to see.

Cherry Tree Hill Super Sock First Impression: OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS YARN. It is a beautiful colorway of teals and greyish greens with wonderful bright punches of neon yellow, hot pink and lime green put in. I’m only 10 rows into ribbing on a pair of mitts but I absolutely adore it. The twist is very tight and my ribbing is popping like crazy, yet somehow it still manages to be almost supernaturally soft. I snagged this hank at a little yarn shop in Apple Valley, CA in May of this year on a trip to visit my grandmother who was in the hospital down the road at the time. This yarn was the fiber version of ’emotional eating’, I had just graduated college which my grandma wasn’t able to attend the ceremony because she was hospitalized, I drove out the day after my commencement ceremony to check on her and stopped at the yarn shop after visiting her at the hosptial to ‘calm my nerves’. I had almost forgotten I even had this yarn until I went ripping through my stash the other in search of sock yarns to review. I’m glad I picked this back out because it really is lovely.

Cherry Tree Hill Super Sock

Cherry Tree Hill Super Sock

More info on this yarn as I continue to work up the mitts. First Impression though is a firm ‘get you some’.

The name is a bit of a misnomer, first of all. Not the ‘Dream in Color’ part, the color is beautiful, but the ‘smooshy part. This yarn is not really that smooshy.  Which does not necessarily preclude it from being a good sock yarn. Here’s my official stats on this yarn:

Color: Vivid and fully saturated. Bled a little on my hands, but red is a hard color to fully set so I expected some bleed. The slight variation between the maroon and purple was pretty and slight enough that this color way could easily be worked in a pattern and not have the colors eat the pattern.

Texture: Not smooshy, but has a good twist and great stitch definition. I would use this a yarn for cables, lace or other patterns that require good stitch definition. Very good for strong sturdy socks, but not what I would choose for a shawl, cowl or anything else that was going to be next to soft skin.

Hype: Does not live up to the hype. A solid sock yarn to be sure but not nearly the ‘oooh so soft and squishy’ that it’s billed as.

Baby sock in Dream in Color Smooshy

Baby sock in Dream in Color Smooshy

Ultimately I will probably knit the rest of this hank up into a pair of socks for myself because I do like it as a sturdy sock yarn, though I am a little disappointed because I bought it with the intention of using it for a scarf or shawl since the color way was so perfect. I think this color way will lend itself nicely to a pair of lace socks though, so I think that’s what this will be used for.

Have you used this yarn? Agree/disagree with this verdict? Leave us a comment and let us know how you feel about Dream in Color Smooshy.

Edited to Add: It was brought up in the comments that this review is lacking and this yarn deserves further investigation. This review will stand as my ‘first impression’ of this yarn and I will reserve final judgement until I am able to knit a larger item, wash/block and test softness again.

Thank you for the insight guys! Still working the kinks out. 🙂

So, Christina Marie and I decided that we’re going to start reviewing sock yarns. Specifically those sock yarns that have crazy hype, are hard to find and have legions of screaming fans. We’re reviewing Rock Star Yarns. Yarns that have some how jumped the divide between ‘stuff you put on your feet’ and ‘ART you put on your feet’.

We have a list going of brands that we’re going to debunk. We’ll break it down for you whether they’re worth the hunt, cash and anguish to get a hold of them or if you’re better off sticking to what you know.

A little history on how this got started: Christina and I both got all nuts about getting our hands on Wollmeise. We just did not understand what was so special about this unassuming sock yarn. It had this celebrity status almost and there are tons of knitters who literally horde the stuff! After weeks of stalking Ravelry ‘trade/sell’ stashes, ISO threads and eBay we both got some. Christina has been a little more persistant that I, she has several hanks now including the much lusted after ‘Poison #5’. I have one lowly hank of Indisch Rot. (It’s still in the protective plastic wrap it came in.)

From there we started digging for other brands that people were just insane about that are hard to get a hold of or just have great reputations. We’ve got plenty to get us started in our respective stashes, but we’ve also just placed an order for a few new brands that neither of us have laid hands on before that we’ll be reviewing for you.

Christina is one of those fabulous sock knitters who keeps up with several sock knit-alongs at a time and manages to bust out at least a pair a month if not more. She knits the super complicated lace and cable charted ones and does not hestitate to rip out an offending pair should it decide not to behave. I on the other hand, despite teaching sock knitting at our LYS, am  not much of a sock knitter. I am a sock yarn lover though; I like to knit other things with my sock yarns and have recently gone on a massive sock yarn shawl kick. I just finished the Ishbel pattern and casted on for Damson right after. (Both out of Unique Sheep yarns, which is currently my go-to sock yarn stockist.) I also dye sock yarn and run a sock yarn club, but my sock yarn is not Rock Star Yarn so we won’t be discussing it here.

Stick around and maybe even suggest a yarn you’d like to see reviewed!