, difference of opinion! You don't have to use sock yarn exclusively; as a matter of fact, if u are 1st starting out, it is recommended that you use a larger size yarn (ex. sport, dk or worsted wt) and with larger dpns than those used for sock yarn. I do, however, when using fingering wt yarn, that is 100% wool, for example, reinforce the heel & toe with wooly nylon...this is something that is generally found in fabric stores & used alot with serger sewing machines. Many sock yarns on the market come with reinforcing thread that matches the yarn that you are buying. My problem is the palette that I ordered from KnitPicks is a fingering wt yarn, but essentialy for fair isle, so I am going to have to look for the wooly nylon to match my colors at our local fabric store Although, before I knew about reinforcing socks, I knit several pair of socks from knitpicks natural, dyeable fingering wt yarn & didn't reinforce & so far, so good :D
virtuella, I didn't mean to step on your toes, just relaying my experiences, k?!
And your socks are beeeautiful!!
Carmell...never say never...of course your socks will look as nice...practice makes perfect, my friend...now,
don't let me hear you say something like that again...I will go "mother" on you in a minute
...FYI, meaning acting like a mother