The dye sources and colors are:
The yarn is a 4-ply yarn with a nice twist. I wanted a ribbed based pattern for stretch and to be able to see the stitch definition.
I decided to knit the Cookie A Elm sock pattern to test this yarn. This pattern looked like it would had some good stretch so I wouldn't have to do any sizing. (famous last words! More on this later.)
I completed the first sock and soaked the sock in cold water for 10 minutes before blocking. Quite a bit of color leached into the water in that time. I find that this happens with many yarns I use, although in this case the color of the water was not the color of the yarn. The water is brown. A little investigation online showed that rhubarb root gives a pale yellow to a bronze yellow color, so maybe brown water water isn't too far from the expected.
ResultsWould I knit with this yarn again? Yes. I like the yarn and can cope with the crocking & dye leaching, but given the limited colors, it might be difficult to match yarn and project. Hopefully we will see more colors in the future.
Pattern IssuesI knit the leg on a US 1.5 (2.50 mm) as is typical for me, but with only 60 stiches and a fixed row repeat, the leg is stretched to its max. It does seem to fit my husband though, so on I go. I want a finished object that I can block to see how the yarn feels after blocking.
Upon further examination, I can knit this sock again, starting with row 11 of chart B. The result would be a shorter sock that would fit me.
Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. Color card photo, copyright HiKoo by Skacel. Pattern copyright Cookie A