Ever since I bought my first two skeins of Cherry Tree Hill Supersocke - they popped in my basket at last years Stitch 'n Bitch day - I've been longing to cast on and try out this delicious soft stoff. The cool colours are to me like honey to a bee. I hoarded more but had not tried this yarn out untill I casted on the third pair for my mom, the pair that just has to be right. Why I waited so long to try out this yarn? No idea. It's a dream to knit with.
One of the great plusses of 100% wool yarn is definetely the butter like softness. CTH is certainly not an exception to this rule. It is soft yet reasonably tightly spun - though not as tight as Jitterbug or STR - and therefore the yarn has a natural negative ease. For my US 7.5 feet I'd need only 56 to 60 stitches on 2,5mm needles and they would fit beautifully with a nice firm fabric.
There are a couple of things that bother me, though. First of all, is the yarn durable or will they wear out relatively fast? Second, I've read about CTH's colors bleeding. Will the colors last? And third, do I really need to handwash them? Or in this case, will it be a big disaster if one of my parents (I'm not going to name one in particular) would accidentally throw them in the washing machine?
Time will tell. In the meantime, I love working with CTH and I love the pattern I've chose. I chose to make Cookie A's Monkey socks but not regular monkeys. I saw these socks and liked them much better than the regular monkeys. Well, I'm going to knit on now and maybe fondle my new stash a little more.