This is the very last batch of my original style Killen Sock*. I am delighted to produce an all-natural sock yarn and worked on it for over 18 months before the first batch was spun. The Bluefaced Leicester comes from two local flocks, Craiglands and Wester Raddery (both are within a handful of miles of my home on the Black Isle) and, after a lot of trying other options, the mohair comes from South Africa.
You can read more about the journey to producing this special yarn here – as well as explaining the background and testing that went into making Killen Sock (and the hunt for mohair) I talk a little about why I really wanted to develop this all-natural sock yarn.
Killen Sock is spun by The Border Mill. Killen is intended as a sock yarn but is also suited to beautiful shawls and sweaters!
I am delighted to have a beautiful new sock design by Anushka of The Crimson Stitchery. The Oregano Sock features an elliptical cable set within ribbing. It is knit cuff down and has a slip-stitch heel flap edged in garter stitch, and is completed with a short-row heel turn and gusset. There are two other superb sock patterns designed for Killen – the Munlochy Socks by Clare Devine and the Cockle Socks by Katie Green.
The Oregano Sock pattern is written in three sizes and the smaller set (90g plus 30g) should suit the smallest size, the medium size would suit the larger set (100g plus 30g – Anushka knit the medium size for her UK6 feet and used just over 100g), and for the large size it may be best to order a two of the bigger sets and knit both a large and small sock (and gift the smaller sock!).
* In summer/autumn 2021 I will be launching a revised Killen Sock. The new version will be the same blend of BFL and Mohair, with the BFL from local farms as usual. It has been spun at the more usual sock weight of 400m/100g and has a high twist for durability. Anushka’s Oregano Sock pattern is written for both the original and new Killen Sock weights.