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Old 11-12-2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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Sock yarn for warm weather?
I am a beginning knitter, and I have just made my first pair of socks. I live in the Southeast, and although we do have cold weather here, wool really isn't practical for most of the year. I did an internet search for sock yarn, and it all seems to be wool or a blend of wool and nylon. I found some sport weight yarn at Knit Picks that is made of cotton and rayon. I think it is 60/30. Would that fiber content work for socks? Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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Old 11-12-2007, 08:49 PM   #2
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I would think Socka Cotton Yarn would be nice for southeast. I have made socks with it. It is very soft and washes up like a dream. Hope this helps you.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:47 PM   #3
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Okay, socks are a major part of why I started Knitting. I just think it is cool to make your own socks. I am also from the Southeast and if you spend most of your time inside you are right, wool or a wool blend can be too warm sometimes. I have found a great new sock yarn by SouthWest Trading Company called Tofutsies. (www.soysilk.com) This yarn is a 50% Superwash Wool & 25% Soysilk Fibers, 22.5 % Cotton & 2.5% Chitin. I find this yarn to be just right for the not so cold weather of N. GA. I also have been making socks out of Cascade Yarns Fixation. It is a Cotton yarn that has some elastic in that help to hold the socks up. This yarn I wore in ankle socks some during early fall since I don't wear socks in this state from late April to early October. Just wear flip flops or sandles until cooler weather starts to set in. Just to warn you though, the Tofutsies yarn is very very addictive! Once you start working with it and see all the different colors there are you just cannot have one pair out of that yarn! Proud owner of 6 pairs to date with Tofutsies.

Hope this helps you out in your quest for a lighter weight sock yarn.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:58 PM   #4
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I don't wear socks in this state from late April to early October. Just wear flip flops or sandles until cooler weather starts to set in.
Heh. I don't wear socks in any state during these months! It's about to turn cold, 40-50 for highs, so I'll probably be dragging socks out this week. No, they're not handknit; I don't have the patience for thin yarn and needles.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:15 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by jpenguin View Post
Tofutsies. (www.soysilk.com) This yarn is a 50% Superwash Wool & 25% Soysilk Fibers, 22.5 % Cotton & 2.5% Chitin.
I recommend Tofutsies as well. I don't live in an especially hot climate, though we do get stretches of 90s and occasional 100s days in the summer. my feet get really hot but the socks I made with Tofutsies keeps them pretty comfortable.
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