Quick Review of Tall Pine Yarn – self-striping sock set
I love hand dyed yarn, so much that I usually dye my own, but I also love supporting other indie dyers out there. Here’s a quick review of my latest fantastic find – Tall Pine Yarn!
I do not dabble in dyeing self-striping. I just don’t. It doesn’t interest me as a dyer at all because I know the technique must take some serious time and skill to perfect and I just don’t knit stripes all that often. That said, I have a true appreciation for the dyers that do marvelous self-striping. It really is a fun yarn to knit and makes a project fly by because you just want to knit to the next color, or again until your favorite color comes back to the needles.
Support Small Businesses
Etsy is cool. That’s just a fact. It’s a fun platform to browse and most importantly it allows us an opportunity to find small businesses we may never otherwise know of. That was the case for me in finding Tall Pine Yarn. I hadn’t heard of them, but while searching for a good striped yarn for my Pin Drop Socks, their colorway Lex caught my eye. I ordered it paired with a coordinating mini that I was able to pick the color of and waited patiently by the mailbox.
It took longer than I had hoped to get the yarn, and I assume it is dyed to order. No bother though, once it arrived, it was worth the wait.
Let’s be honest… first impressions are important, and it’s another reason I support small businesses. Owners seem to put in that extra effort to make sure we’re happy when we open the package. This yarn was wrapped nicely and it even included a sweet little row marker with trees on it. Very sweet and very on-brand! The yarn also smelled divine! Whatever wool wash they use is lovely.
The Yarn Base
Tall Pine Yarn has options for your yarn base. I chose the 85/15 because it’s my current favorite for socks. I was concerned with the mini skein once I unwrapped it, it seemed so plump like it wasn’t the same base as the rest, but after winding it and knitting with it, it was just fine. Plump, squishy sock yarn can’t be beat!
Just look at that skein set. I mean, isn’t it beautiful. I didn’t want to undo the hank it, but I’d been waiting for it, so onto the ball winder it went.
Knitting it Up
What a cute yarn cake. I was anxious to knit this up so it went straight onto the needles. I like to pull my yarn from the outside of the cake and got to watch the next color reveal itself as I knit along.
Winding the mini is silly in my mind. I’ve done it and probably will again, but it takes me 5 minutes to sit and wind 20g into a ball which just works so much easier.
Knitting with this yarn was an absolute joy. It was consistent, soft, and it didn’t split. I’ve seen some rough dye jobs before, but truly these folks know what they’re doing and put the time in to get it right.
I would absolutely recommend Tall Pine Yarn for self-striping sock yarn. They have loads of colorways that fit a woodsy, neutral aesthetic. I was happy to see many masculine options available, which is oddly difficult to find sometimes. If you’re sick of seeing nothing but rainbow stripes from dyers, take a look at this shop.
Happy Yarn Stashing!