Anyways, it's on the needles now, and as with all wools with elastic in them, it tends to fight back. It's heathery in appearance thanks to the elastic (which is plied together with the wool), plus the self-striping means that fancy stitch patterns are a waste of time. I'm doing a K2 P3 waffle pattern, very plain. But it looks like it'll produce a nice pair of manly socks, probably hard-wearing to boot. **update** the yarn is not holding up as well as I expected, likely due to the high cotton content. Cotton is weaker than wool under damp abrasive conditions, so I'm finding wear spots after some months of wear...
[Meilenweit Cotton Stretch Azalea]
- it's hard to find (out of stock in most places)
- it's expensive ($18-$20, plus shipping, for 100g)
- the colourways are inconsistent. You can't judge the colours from online pictures; what you end up with may be very different. Makes it hard to buy online.
[contrast this picture of Aguas from an online retailer...]
[...with my image. Mine's much more green and far less blue.]
And I'll finish with the unhappy news that Araucania Itata is not a repeat item for me. This wool/silk/bamboo blend looks nice, but its wearability leaves a lot to be desired. Not suitable for socks, IMO.