Monday, February 2, 2009

Ode to Felici

Felici sock yarn is one of my favorites. Knit Picks produces it in "limited editions," and there have been three so far.

The first edition featured stripes in four colors, varying widths. When I realized that the second edition would have stripes of equal widths, I rushed to buy 4 colorways from the first edition. And that's nothing, because my friend Neil bought 2 balls each of all 8 colorways! You have to admire that. In for a penny, in for a pound.

I have knit 3 of my original Felici yarns so far:
  1. I meant to knit this colorway, "Coastal," for myself, but I was tinkering with a new toe-up pattern, and they ended up fitting S instead. Doh! Still, it was a great office knitting project. I recall working furiously to finish the short row heel one night before going to an all-day meeting the next day. I had to be prepared for primo knitting time.
  2. Next I took another colorway on a trip to Colorado last summer, as my airplane/travel knitting project. It's called "Clay," which seemed very appropriate in the dusty high mountain landscape of western Colorado.
  3. Finally, I knit these for myself - the colorway is called "Pebbles" but I called them "Cocoa Pebbles." I wear these almost every week, as they match anything with khaki or brown in it.

I never did buy any second edition Felici, because I didn't care for the stripes of equal width. But now the third edition colorways are out, and we're back to unequal stripes. I got a bit carried away. I bought five, including three balls of "Cochineal," because I plan to use one of them for really large Deck the Balls ornaments (my sock yarn leftovers aren't enough to cover the biggest ornaments).

How do I love Felici? Let me count the ways...

  1. It's really soft. This isn't a dealmaker for me, though, as there are tons of super soft sock yarns out there, and many of them fall apart the first or second time you wear them. 100% merino is not always the best choice for sock yarn. This is 75% merino and the micron count is pretty darn low (19.5, I believe). Touch it - you'll be surprised!
  2. It's really sturdy. The 25% nylon really holds up its end of the bargain. The three pairs of Felici socks in our house get worn often, and they still look great. No thin spots and no excessive pilling.
  3. It's reasonably priced - $5.29 per 50 g ball. This is nothing to sneeze at!
  4. Generous yardage - 218 yards per 50 g ball. In one of my geekier moments, I created a spreadsheet listing all the yarns with which I have ever knit socks. I included the following data: name of yarn, yardage per 100 g, yardage per ball, weight per ball, who knit for, man/woman/child, how much yarn required, and notes about wear. Then, based on that information plus a personal judgement call on how long my socks were and how much yarn was left (or not), I made a final assessment of "skimpy," "adequate," "plenty," or "over the top." In each of the three pairs knit so far, I am happy to report that Felici was deemed "plenty." I never ran out. I never ever worried about running out. And my Felici socks have fairly long cuffs.
  5. I like stripes. Self-striping yarn entertains me and is ideal for office knitting. A simple rib pattern, or something a little sassier in the rib family (like uneven rib or shadow rib), shows it off to its best.

Maybe I should have saved this lovefest of a post for Valentine's Day...

Come on, what are you waiting for?!? Start a Felici sock today!

5 comments:

Kristen Eyssell said...

I have to agree with you on my love of Felici...although I'm not ready to pull a "Neal" and buy all of them site unseen...

Steven said...

Awesome photo. I've never used Felici, but I've been happy with Essential. I think I would have liked the even stripes. Do you think they still have it? I should check.

I'd been noticing all the new stash pictures over at Ravelry...

Kimberley said...

Janelle! How on earth do you ever unravel that yarn and knit it? It is so beautiful in the ball like that. I would just want to display it.

I am almost finished with Tina's scarf. We just got a contract on the house, so it has been insane around here. But I need to finish it before we go on our vision fast in the middle of February.

Hey, when you gonna get on facebook? I need to harrass Steven about that too...

Kristina said...

Janelle,
I can't believe how geeky #4 on let me count the ways is. OMG...that spreadsheet deserves a blog post of its own. Please indulge me.

neagley said...

I have to agree wholeheartedly with you: Felici is my favorite sock yarn. In fact, part of the problem is that I'm so satisfied with it that I haven't (up until now) had the desire to try other kinds of sock yarn (with one or two exceptions). My socks are the only projects I do that I don't have to think, so I like them to be simple. Simple looks fantastic when its Felici.

I agree with Kristina--I want to see that spreadsheet!

I need to stop by and show you my new mittens. I almost have finished them and they're so neat.