I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve become a total sock knitting addict lately, having picked up the double pointed needles for the first time last September and following Christine’s awesome tutorials over at Winwick Mum.
With the sock knitting obsession comes the discovery of the joys of sock yarn. If you haven’t used sock yarn for its intended purpose before, you’re in for a treat! I soon discovered that when I’m knitting socks, I find using a self-striping yarn incredibly motivating – it’s super exciting when you’re working towards your next stripe.
Enter West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply! I’d often admired West Yorkshire Spinners yarn when I was in yarn shops, but before I had the sock bug I just couldn’t work out the right project for any of their yarns. West Yorkshire Spinners make a whole host of wool yarns which are gorgeous and squishy, but I usually tend to use acrylics for big blanket projects, or projects for kids; and merino or silk blends for wearable things. I just couldn’t come up with a crochet use for WYS.
And then, I picked up the needles. My first pair of knitted socks were made out of a lovely Madeline Tosh yarn, and while I loved them, I did find the gentle colour variations and lack of stripes a bit… boring at times. So I made sure my second set of socks were made out of a self striping yarn – West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply in Peacock!
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Fibre and Feel
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply is intended as a sock yarn, which means the blend contains nylon! Nylon is crucial in a sock blend – it is hard wearing and helps your socks keep their shape. WYS Signature 4 Ply has 25% nylon in the blend, and 75% wool. What sets this apart from other sock yarns though, is the fact that it’s 35% bluefaced leicester wool, which, for the price tag, is amazing. Bluefaced leicester sheep are known for their long, semi-lustrous coat – the long fibres of the wool makes it hard-wearing when spun, and the lustrous properties make it lovely and soft. This is luxury stuff, and you can feel it when you work with this yarn.
Fibre and feel: 10/10
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Colour Choice
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply comes in a whole host of colours (there are 38 different colours currently listed on Wool Warehouse). There are a bunch of gorgeous solid colours, which I can see me turning to when I become more adventurous with my sock making and start doing some proper colour work.
But the self striping yarns are the highlight of the range for me (which I think I’ve already made clear!). I’ve already made my way through four of the colour ways in the range, and I have two more lined up. Without exception, the coloured stripes are uniform and work up perfectly. This is the best self striping yarn I’ve ever used – ever.
Colour choice: 9/10
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Value
WYS Signature 4 Ply comes in at £7.29 per ball. For me, an acrylic yarn user and crocheter used to eating up the yardage of yarns, this felt like a lot to pay for one ball of yarn. However, I use this for knitting, as it was intended – and knitting isn’t nearly as yarn hungry. I easily get a pair of socks out of a ball – I could probably get two pairs from one ball if I wasn’t surrounded by (and the owner of a pair of) giant feet. The leftovers from all of my balls will soon be blanket-worthy – I tend to get through just over half a ball per pair.
So, with this in mind, and the fabulous blend of fibres, I think this is absolutely great value yarn. The nearest comparable sock yarns (almost comparable, anyway) tend to come in at about £10 a ball. I’ve worked with some cheaper sock yarns, and I’m here to tell you they’re not as good.
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Ease of Use & Consistency
Perfect. Perfect. That’s all I have to say.
Ok, that’s not quite all I have to say…
I’ve not come across one knot in this yarn yet. It doesn’t split. I’ve never seen any issues with thick or thin parts of the yarn. It’s soft to use and easy on the hands. It’s perfect.
Ease of Use & Consistency: 10/10
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Durability
I started knitting socks about 6 months ago, and I finished my first pair of WYS Signature 4 Ply socks shortly after I started. I’ve worn them very regularly (at least once a week) since I made them, and washed them in the washing machine on 40 degrees after every wear. I haven’t been tumble drying (although one sock got lost in there once and it was fine.) They haven’t even bobbled. There’s no thinning of the yarn that I’ve noticed, and no holes have appeared. I’ve used this yarn to make pairs for two other people, and they’ve found the same thing.
It’s only been 6 months, but it looks good for their durability!
All in all, I absolutely LOVE this yarn. I get a bit upset when I make socks out of anything else now – it’s so reliably good, I always default to it. Which is why…
I’m running my first giveaway!
I’m giving away my ultimate sock knitting kit – and I’m SO excited.
I’m not only offering a ball of the newest colourway of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply (that’s the AMAZING Pink Flamingo in the picture above), but I’m throwing in a full set of KnitPro Symfonie double pointed needles. When I say a full set, I don’t mean in just one size – this set has 20cm DPNs in 6 different sizes, ranging from 2.50mm up to 5mm (I even used these needles to knit my baable hat). The KnitPro Symfonie needles are fantastic – they’re my absolute favourites to use.
The combined prize value is over £50 – I have hand picked the best materials for you to get your socks knitted. And before you ask – no, this prize was not gifted to me in exchange for a positive review – I just want to give away the best possible yarn and needles.