I feel like I hit the Motherlode of sock yarns yesterday. Under the guise of going to see LALA Land in Kenosha, (delightful movie) I wondered aloud, if we had time to stop at Fiddlehead Yarns in Kenosha.
Their sock yarns are diverse and many of them are new to me. So enjoy the eye candy. I won’t show the one skein (yes One, wasn’t I Good?) I did purchase. I Now have 7 sock yarns in my stash. That’s right.
I went to my old blog and my Ravelry project page, which is not nearly a complete list of my knits, and compiled a partial list of sock yarns that I have worked.
Mountain Colors Sock yarns have colorways that just seduce me. I do recall however, that the Sock yarn I bought years ago at the Village KnitWit in Glenview (now closed) had no nylon in it. It was a bit hard to work it. If there is one thing I know, I must have some nylon in my socks. Im at the point where anything I may have in stash that has no nylon is not really sock yarn to me. It will be a ribbed hat or a shawl but not socks. So I don’t count them as sock stash.
- I have heard Irish Girlie Knits sock yarns are harbored in many a stash. Someday I’ll purchase IGK and I now know where to find it locally. Since Al gave me a beautiful skein of Wandering Wool’s Ausable Sock (merino-cashmere-nylon) in Azalea I passed on the IGK pinks. (for now)
- I fell for some Vesper with Nylon yarn. I did not choose either of the above skeins. It does feel a bit stiff, but a store clerk said it softens with washing……
- I’m pretty sure this is Hedgehog fibers sock yarn. Isn’t that purple glorious? I will be trying that too on a future shopping date. .
Here is my not quite up to date, list of sock yarns I’ve worked with over the years.
Mainly I need a yarn to have some nylon and I need it not to be splitty. I won’t tolerate knots either. I have had issues with washable yarn felting over the years. Knitpicks to be exact. I machine wash socks routinely and lay them out to dry. I hesitate to buy their sock yarns again.
I currently have a dozen pairs of socks that I wear all winter long. Some of them are over 5 years old. Several of the pairs are knitted in Lorna’s Laces. (shepard sport) LL washes well and their colorways are lovely (even with pooling). I wish I had knit them on smaller needles however.
Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet. Loved it. Needed 2 skeins for a pair. Played yarn chicken and lost. Had to do shortie socks (anklets) and use a different toe yarn. None the less I’d buy it again. It is a lesser expensive sock yarn. (10 dollars per skein)
Regia: since 1949. They know a thing or two about wear and tear. Regia yarns wash and wear very well. I don’t think they are the softest yarns out there, but they are hard wearing as the label says. It is also a lesser expensive sock yarn.
Socks that Rock. I was part of the rage. Their names and colorways in the early years just blew me away. However, ,they were bulky and I like my socks about 6-8 st /inch.
So they came up with Dream in Color Smooshy. I used GO GO Grassy to knit up a great pair of socks last year. Good spring to the yarn and more my gauge.
Rowan 4ply Soft knitted into a gorgeous pair of give away sock exchange socks back in 2005. I used green, purple and blue and striped them myself. They were exquisite. I haven’t done that again, because I’m now a sock knitting snob. I like my socks to be one continuous strand of yarn. I admire all of your heels and cuffs in complimentary colors but I’m afraid my joins will unjoin with wear.
Schoppel Woolle Ambiente. Another thicker gauge yarn. I made baby socks with them. Won’t repeat.
Frolicking Feet knitted into a gorgeous sunflower colored pair of socks. They wear well, the gauge was good. What’s not to like?
Cherry Tree Hill was not a yarn available to me, so I found some from a web sale. All that was available at the time was their Broad Band colorways. The yarn was nice, the blocks of color way too weird. I ended up with two socks that looked completely complimentary but in big goofy blocks of colors. As in, a pair of socks containing 4 colors in 4 separate blocks. This yarn might make a great shawl with the long long repeats of color. Can’t fault them, it is called Broad Band for a reason.
Mirasol’s Peruvian Shade 700 were knitted into socks for Fireman. They promptly felted and are now mine. Enough said. I won’t buy that brand again.
Koigu: yes it can be used for socks and it washes very well. Pricey.
Berroco Sox still come in great self-patterning colorways. Berroco knows what they are doing. I have a skein in my stash awaiting the knit up. I have knitted with them before.
Ty-Dy Socks. I currently have two different colorways in my statsh. Dee mentioned she had some odd pooling with hers recently. Now, I’m a bit nervous. I have two skeins in my stash of 7. Remember I only have 7 in my stash.
Rowan fine art is also in my stash. It is merino, mohair, poly and silk. It feels divine. I scored a thirty dollar skein for 30% off during a sale. Although it feels divine, I’m going to rib the entire sock I make with it, as it feels like it won’t want to stand up.
Finally I have a skein of Cascade Heritage Paints, merino and nylon. The colorway is very dark. I will definitely have to jazz it up with a pattern.
Uncle Bill’s socks were Online Supersock with Aloe Vera and I loved the colorway. He did too. I’d purchase that again. The aloe vera was not really detectable to my hands, but I recall the yarn feeling pleasant.
That’s a partial summary.
I have changed my sock life to include double points in 0, 1, 2’s . I love the way the yarns knit up on 0’s. It can be tough to find the needles in 8 inch. But I did yesterday! I found Knitters Pride in Karbonz in 8 inch. Wahoo.
Normally I knit on wooden double points. I can knit socks on circs, but I find the adjusting fiddly. I like to knit side by side socks on double points for perfection in matching.
I still fight with Kitchener. I sometimes turn the sock inside out and do a three needle bind off. Sometimes I do a round toe and I pull the final stitches through like a hat top.
I am also going to TRY a toe up sock this weekend. Wish me luck.
Any thoughts on your sock yarns? What have you loved? Any yarns that haven’t met your standards? I’d love to know!
Sock yarns…. They make me so happy.