This morning we received our first shipment of Tofutsies sock yarn. This is an enticing blend of 50% superwash wool, 25% soy silk, 22.5% cotton, and 2.5% chitin. Chitin is the material that gives strength to the exoskeleton of arthropods. In Tofutsies, the chitin comes from crab and shrimp shells, and the manufacturers claim that it is “naturally antibacterial”.

Each ball is 100grams, 425 metres, but they are so compact that it was hard to imagine that a full pair of adult socks could spring from it. So I decided to cast on, immediately … entering them in the inventory database could wait a few minutes. Here’s what I observed:

Note the ball of yarn with and without the label. It brings to mind that feeling after a huge Christmas or Thanksgiving meal when you finally get to undo your top button … That is to say, the ball of yarn became much more relaxed and plump. I’m now convinced that there are at least two socks in there.