A blog reader (Hi Karen in Atlanta!) emailed me to ask about the yarns I use for my designs: are there characteristics of some yarns I don’t like. She asks “Is there a lot of functional difference in wool fingering weight sock yarn?”
Yeah, I think there is.
My most favorite type of sock yarn is one that is pretty firmly spun with a tight twist. The yarns that use Louet Gems (or a yarn like that) for their base are my faves. My current “yarn crushes” for this type of yarn are Tempted Good Grrl, Sanguine Gryphon Eidos. ShibuiKnits, and Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock. Others I like are Fleece Artist Merino, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, and Claudia Handpainted Fingering.
This type of yarn is wonderful for texture work, like my current sock project, my Einkorn socks. The firmly-spun yarn really makes the texture “pop.”
But I also love Dream in Color Smooshy Sock, which has a totally different spin. I’m not sure what you’d call it, but it works very well in texture as well, but I particularly like it for lace work.
What I don’t care for when I’m knitting patterned socks are yarns that have a fuzz or “halo” because that will of course obscure the patterning to a certain extent.
And yarns that are loosely spun and soft feel lovely, but unless you knit them at a very tight gauge, work up into socks that won’t wear very well.
There’s my 2 cents on the subject.
I’ve started the second Einkorn sock:
Yeah, sorry, there’s no way I can choose. Y’all vote for your favorite among these captions (these are my favorites) and I’ll send each of the top three caption-writers the WendyKnits sock pattern of his/her choice. Voting will close at the time I post to my blog tomorrow.
Lucy is feigning indifference and having a snack.
I sometimes wonder what the building engineer thinks when he comes in my condo twice a year to replace furnace filters and check the smoke alarms. Apart from the spinning wheel and yarn everywhere, this is not an uncommon sight: