Thought we’d take a brief interlude in our color inspiration series to talk about this fantastic new sock yarn that I can’t seem to get enough of. It’s called Zauberball from Schoppel Wolle and brought to us by Skacel. Zauberball is a fantastic single ply sock yarn with a sweeping, graduated color change along the length of the garment when knit. Because it’s a single ply you may want to add some sock thread to the toe and heal when knitting it up in a pair of socks, just for a bit of added strength.  We also brought in Zauberball Crazy, which is a plied version of the sock yarn that knits up at the same gauge. It’s 75% wool and 25% nylon, superwash, and knits up at 6.75-8 stitches per on a U.S. size 1-3.
We came across this yarn when a customer brought in an AMAZING new magazine out of the UK called The Knitter. It’s a magazine geared toward the more experienced knitter and the patterns and inspiration are awesome. We should be getting our first shipment when issue 11 comes out, although I’m trying to get back issues. You’ll see one featured in the store, where we first saw the Zauberball worked up in a awe inspiring sock pattern.

Zauberball Crazy in Blue TweedZauberball in colorway Tropical Fish

Zauberball Crazy in Blue Tweed and colorway Tropical Fish

It’s not just SSFYers that are “Crazy” about this yarn, folks on Ravelry are doing some amazing things with it as well. Thought I’d get your creative juices going with some ideas.

Amazing stripped knee socks

Amazing stripped knee socks

These socks are from Kelly AKA ShellularKellular on Ravelry Kelly knit this up with some left over Kroy from her stash, which totally adds to the dimension of this FO.

An amazing, soon to be published crochet tote

An amazing, soon to be published crochet tote

This bag was designed by Erin AKA putasockonit from Ravelry.  This pattern is scheduled to be published in an upcoming book coming out around February ‘09 from Storey Publishing called 101 One Skein Wonders for Sock Yarns.  It will be Erin’s first published pattern and it’s fantastic.  Can you imagine the possibilities of this pattern with say Koigu?

Look how great this yarn works up in a classic Baby Suprise Jacket!

Look how great this yarn works up in a classic Baby Suprise Jacket!

This classic pattern, Baby Surprise Jacket, by Elizabeth Zimmerman was knit by Badger AKA Koalacheeks on Ravelry in the Zauberball Reds colorway.

I’ve just started to cast on a pair with Zauberball Crazy myself and I can’t wait to each subsequent row to see how the colorway evolves.  What can you do with this yarn?

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