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« on: September 19, 2007 07:33:42 AM »

Short story even shorter..

I'm wanting to knit my dad some socks for Christmas - I have a pattern chosen, and it calls for 150g of yarn.

Honestly, I don't know a heck of a lot about sock yarn (I've only knit one other pair previously), and I don't know where to start.

This is what I know I need:

-150g
- preferably superwash (if it's not superwash, I tend to break out in hives Sad) or cotton
- soft
- affordable
- either navy, black, or gray
- fingering weight
- preferably no alpaca


Any recommendations would be MUCH appreciated! I am truly feeling lost at the moment!

Oh, and if it helps, I'm in Canada Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007 08:15:29 AM »

I don't know what your local craft stores are like, but a LYS is always a good place to start. If you don't have a something local, I really like knitpicks.com for basic plain colors. Other places like are awesome, but they tend to have multi-colored skeins. And since you are knitting for a man, I am assuming you want just a solid color. Knitpicks has a great selection of yarn, just click on the fingering weight section, and then they have quite a few choices of superwash!
Also, if you have a LYS, I often find that they have solid colors in sport weight but not fingering weight, and I tend to get a good guage for socks with that. Also it seems to be cheaper that way then some "traditional" sock yarns.
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Tribe
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007 08:51:01 AM »

check out etsy, search superwash and you will find a ton of what you are looking for Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007 06:47:38 PM »

I don't know what your local craft stores are like, but a LYS is always a good place to start. If you don't have a something local, I really like knitpicks.com for basic plain colors. Other places like are awesome, but they tend to have multi-colored skeins. And since you are knitting for a man, I am assuming you want just a solid color. Knitpicks has a great selection of yarn, just click on the fingering weight section, and then they have quite a few choices of superwash!

GOOD LUCK!

Definitely wanting a solid colour - which I think is why I might be having such issues  Sad  My Dad is a manly man (with a soft spot for knit socks - he still gushes about the ones my grandma used to make him) - I don't think he'd have much appreciation for variegation or whatnot.

I had looked at knitpicks, and had been considering the Essential, but then read on Ravelry that it can either be scratchy or soft and end up piling - which is what's made me a bit concerned about choosing that one. I think that's what lead me to posting here for recommendations  Grin


check out etsy, search superwash and you will find a ton of what you are looking for Smiley



I looked, and found a TON that I'd like for myself *cough*and will be buying come payday*cough*, but nothing really suitable for my Dad - thanks for the suggestion though - I hadn't even thought to look there!
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2007 10:02:32 PM »

Regia has some solids/heathers: http://www.woolneedlework.com/Yarn/Regia_Yarn_Sockyarn_by_Schachenmayr_Yarn.shtml

They're reasonably priced, shipping is about $10 more per order. It's a Canadian site so no duty, and if you're not in BC, you even save PST.

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penguino
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007 11:02:12 PM »

Check out the lorna lace shepherd sock.  It is lovely and comes in varigated and solid colors.  The varigated color ones are very yummy.  About $11 a skein.  If you have small feet and knit ankle sock, you can knit a pair with one skein.

I use KP essential to knit a pair of sock for my bf.  It is soft.  But don't know how it will hold up since he have not use it once (we live in CA so wool sock probably have to wait until we go to east coast in xmas).
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Mnemosyne_LA
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2007 09:15:35 AM »

IMO, solid dark colors can be a pain to work with -- it's hard to see what you're doing, especially when you're using tiny sock needles.  My husband made me promise never to knit with solid black on size 0 needles again after I got a second migraine from it, and I was just doing garter stitch. 

You might want to see if you can get something that's at least a little marled -- like maybe some Brown Sheep Co. Wildfoote in a color like Master Grey (a combo of gray, black, and cream).
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