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Suziblues
09-03-2007, 04:30 PM
Okay, I am a fairly new knitter and I want to knit some socks.
:X:I've knitted a couple pair, following Silver's Instructions and they came out pretty good. But I need to know:
What is the BEST yarn for socks? I would really like a soft, kinda stretchy, yarn for these.

THANK YOU
sue

PS: Those little smiley guys are a HOOT! I love them all!

auburnchick
09-03-2007, 06:49 PM
Oh gosh...there are so many! You should try doing a search on this forum.

I just made a pair using Lorna's Laces, and they are just wonderful.

knotmaker
09-03-2007, 06:55 PM
I have made a few pairs using Regia. And I have some Opal in the stash that I have to use ...

Suziblues
09-03-2007, 09:26 PM
This wool yarn contains 100% Merino wool.

Would this be good for socks?

Thanks!

quiltbugj
09-03-2007, 09:37 PM
as long as it is "superwash" otherwise you have to hand wash them. I'm really loving Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock yarn.

Yarn Doc
09-04-2007, 12:23 AM
My FAVORITE sock yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight. It is by far the softest stretchiest stuff I've used, and the colors are gorgeous. It's hard to come by because they're a small company and aren't widely distributed.
Other Faves: Koigu, Claudia, Louet Gems, Lorna's Shepherd Sock, and Fleece Artist Nova socks or basic merino socks. Little Knits is having sale on the Fleece Artist right now, so check it out. Yummmmm.....

Suziblues
09-04-2007, 08:38 AM
THANK YOU very much. I will check out that sale!

THANKS again everyone,:muah:
sue

snowangel
09-04-2007, 09:10 AM
I'm still in the process of making some with this stuff called trekking. The color is pretty but it's been hard to work with- very splitty. I started some others with cascade stripes and it's been so much easier to knit with.

Jeremy
09-04-2007, 10:59 AM
My FAVORITE sock yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight. It is by far the softest stretchiest stuff I've used, and the colors are gorgeous. It's hard to come by because they're a small company and aren't widely distributed.
Other Faves: Koigu, Claudia, Louet Gems, Lorna's Shepherd Sock, and Fleece Artist Nova socks or basic merino socks. Little Knits is having sale on the Fleece Artist right now, so check it out. Yummmmm.....
I agree. I just bought the Socks that Rock and they are really great. The yarn is not very thin, almost like a semi sport wt. The colors are terrific and the price is right in range with what other good sock yarn costs.

1to1
09-04-2007, 11:02 AM
I really like knitting with Lorna's Laces. Plus there are so many wonderful colors to pick from. http://www.theloopyewe.com/browse/yarns/lornas-laces/shepherd-sock/

Yarn Doc
09-04-2007, 12:04 PM
I thought of another one: Shelridge Farms Soft Touch Ultra (http://www.shelridge.com/yarns.php?z=z1) Fingering. SO yummy soft. They're a Canadian company, so also more difficult to get in the US. They mostly have solids, but the handpainted ones that they do carry are SO pretty. But it's the base yarn I love! The only place I've seen it carried retail is thesweetsheep.com: Solids (http://www.thesweetsheep.com/xcart/home.php?cat=93) and Hand-Painted. (http://www.thesweetsheep.com/xcart/home.php?cat=45)
(the Hand-Painted is much cheaper off the Shelridge website)

Here's a site that's having a Lorna's Sale: https://id306.securedata.net/sandrasingh.com/merchantmanager/product_info.php?cPath=130&products_id=1488&mmsid=fcb44ab1764afe779e90bd3ba25df357

And here's the Little Knits sale (looks like quite a bit is sold out - must've been my buying spree last week!): FA Basic Merino Socks (http://www.littleknits.com/products.php?cat=313) and Nova Socks
(http://www.littleknits.com/products.php?cat=472)

Doodknitwit
09-04-2007, 12:16 PM
is there a good yarn thats bigger than sock yarn.. so you aren't using the tiny toothpick size needles.... :hair:

Yarn Doc
09-04-2007, 12:34 PM
You could use sport weight yarn. Both Louet Gems Opal (http://www.thesweetsheep.com/xcart/home.php?cat=141) (solids) and Claudia's Hand-Painted Sportweight are beautiful!

Lorna's Laces also makes a soft squishy sportweight, and Dream in Color's Smooshy (http://www.thesweetsheep.com/xcart/home.php?cat=185) is between a sport weight and fingering (plus DIC is dyed in the Chicago burbs!)

Another almost sport-weight is Colinette Jitterbug (http://www.thesweetsheep.com/xcart/home.php?cat=128), which also has the yummiest colors!

Even though i'm linking them to canadian site, they're all available thru US sites. I'm just too lazy to look for them.

Denise in Michigan
09-05-2007, 02:39 PM
Just finished a pair in Regia Stretch Color; very soft and stretchy. First time I've used it (I've knit around 30 pairs of socks), wore them the day after I finished them, am going to get more immediately!

annomalley
09-05-2007, 06:12 PM
I have to throw in another vote for Lorna's Laces. :)