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little.mrs.sunshine
« on: October 29, 2007 01:45:26 AM »

Hi,

I am debating making my first pair of socks and before I take the plunge with some reduced Opal yarns online I wanted to get your opinions on which yarns are "best" for a beginner.  These will probably be presents, so its better if they can be machine washed.

Maybe its a case of "suck it and see" but I thought if I could tap in your collective wisdom it would be better.

Thank you!
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cranberry
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2007 02:31:43 AM »

I used Opal (I guess the 'classic' fair isle yarn) and it felt really stringy to knit with. To be fair, once it washed, it softened up considerably and I've been wearing the socks since then. I think Regia is a nice yarn: I have the one with the wool and bamboo mix. That's also machine washed.

People have been known to write sonnets over Lorna's laces (a friend of mine swears by the yarn, but I think the colourways are atrocious), and I've heard good things about Wollmeise (sp?) sock yarn (an independent dyer based in Germany). Those might be hand wash, I think, but the socks are yummy.

The best thing about sock yarn is that it comes in the most luxourious blends (cashmere, for example), but if you want a hard wearing sock, look for the ones with nylon or polyamede (sp).
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2007 01:59:40 AM »

I should preface by saying that I don't like most washable sock yarns, they feel like acrylic to me.  That being said, I think that yarns with some "grab" to them (read- squishy and woolly) yarns are really good for beginners since they don't slip through the hands as fast so you can get some good tension, especially for people dealing with dpns and small needle sizes for the first time.

I usually suggest that people start with a pair of worsted weight socks (cascade superwash, for example) since they will go faster, especially if you have to frog.
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