Ok, I've only made about 5 pairs of socks, not enough to be considered a font of knowledge, but my latest pair were in Opal Rainforest. It was really nice to work with and very soft. I understand that it gets softer with washing.
I have about 5 more skeins of Opal waiting for me to come up with a pattern.
I've ordered most of it from www.Astridsdutchobsessions.com
. She's in the Netherlands, has good prices and even with shipping charges was not outrageously priced. Also, she was very fast considering the package was coming from Europe. And, she puts a little package of Dutch chocolate in with your order.
sells nothing (I think) but Opal yarns.
I've also used KP Simple Stripes, Parade (discontinued), and Dancing. All were very nice to work with.
I'm currently working with some Meilenweit Lana Gros which I purchase locally for about $14.00 a skein. It splits. And I think the color is coming up kinda dull. Not impressed for the price.
I made a pair of 1776 socks from the Fortissma and again, wasn't too impressed with the yarn. Kinda stiff. Again, it was rather expensive compared to the Opal.
I made my DD a pair of footies (all foot no leg) out of Katia Mississippi 3 which is a cotton blend. It was nice to work with, but I haven't gotten any feedback from her on the stretchiness so I don't know how they fit or are wearing (if she's even wearing them).
I also have an Austerman yarn which I believe is a sport weight (label in german) that is turquoise/gray/glitter. I'm looking for the perfect pattern for that pair.
There's lots of different yarns out there, but for my money I'm a big fan of Opal. I have wide feet and chubby legs so one skein (100g) will knit up to a pair of socks for me with leftovers.
Now I just have to figure out what to do with the leftovers.
Although I have a complete set of Brittany birch needles in sock sizes, I ordered the KP options sets. Hopefully, I will love those, too.
I love making socks and am considering selling all the rest of my stash and buying nothing but sock yarn.
There are so many I want to try. So little time. (Sigh)