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mo54
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USA
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Posted - 12/27/2011 :  12:06:03 PM  Show Profile Send mo54 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What is your favorite sock yarn.....I like self striping myself, but am wondering where the best online shopping is.

Shalee
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Posted - 12/27/2011 :  6:22:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There are very few sock yarns I don't like, but I always buy mine at local yarn stores. I like to feel the yarn and see the actual, real life colors.

Sharon in NW PA
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jtamsn
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Posted - 12/28/2011 :  5:51:17 PM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I also like the self-striping yarns. I almost always buy mine locally, but find theknitter.com, simplysocks.com, and littleknits.com excellent sources on line for sock yarn with very good customer service.
judy
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kkknitter
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Posted - 12/29/2011 :  06:02:41 AM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I usually buy Opal Uni for socks, and you can find this brand on line at Totto's in Santa Fe. This yarn wears very well. Yesterday I did cast on a pair of Oak Ribbed Socks ( see Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush) in Crazy Zauberball and I really like the way the self- striping is working out. WEBS has this brand. I just hope it will hold up as well as Opal. A couple of months ago we had a discussion about yarns we like and hate. You might find this interesting. Look for this thread under Sock Forum.

Kristina
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mangokiwi
Chatty Knitter

USA
227 Posts

Posted - 12/29/2011 :  09:20:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit mangokiwi's Homepage Send mangokiwi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Koigu is my absolute favorite! Of course there are other ones that are very high on the list, such as Sundara...

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Ruby Plaid
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USA
661 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2012 :  08:45:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ruby Plaid's Homepage Send Ruby Plaid a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love self-striping, it's so much fun watching the stripes form and it makes plain sock knitting more fun.

I like Opal, Regia and Knit Picks.

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Rimfrost
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Sweden
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Posted - 09/03/2012 :  11:54:13 AM  Show Profile Send Rimfrost a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I get very happy when I see some yarn names (Opal, Regia and Zauberball) that I can get my hands on here in Sweden! Im so envious of all Americans that have such a broad variety to choose from!! Ive knitted with Opal, solid and Continents and liked them a lot. The Zauberball - I really liked the knitting part, but as it is spun singles, the heels worn out in notime... Wont do that again...
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eldergirl
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Posted - 09/03/2012 :  9:59:32 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like Lorna's Laces sock yarn, both self-striped and color-shaded.

Isn't it great that there are so many to choose from?

Anna

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PBELKNAP
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Posted - 09/04/2012 :  12:03:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit PBELKNAP's Homepage Send PBELKNAP a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm a sock yarn junkie. I can never pass it up when I'm in a LYS or a festival or...whatever. If they had it at the hardware store, I'd have to get it. I love all the self-striping ones, too! I love the excitement and anticipation of seeing what color is coming next (I don't get out much). I haven't had a bad experience with any of them, although I do prefer the sock yarns that have nylon.

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ikkivan
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USA
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Posted - 09/05/2012 :  6:23:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I, too, prefer the sock yarns that have a bit of nylon, but I really haven't had any yarns designated "sock yarn" that have disappointed me, except for LL Solemate (not the results, just the handling of it). Socks are one of my favorite things to knit and I have made many a pair. I think often the disappointing results some knitters have is more due to knitting at too loose a gauge for socks than because of the yarn itself.

In the beginning, I was enamored of the self-striping and patterned yarns, and bought many brands in bright colors. But now I prefer solids or monochromes or the "almost" solids ... I don't tire of those nearly as quickly as the bright patterns, and they seem more versatile (to me).

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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Christine diaz
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Canada
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Posted - 10/02/2012 :  2:00:19 PM  Show Profile  Send Christine diaz a Yahoo! Message Send Christine diaz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love to use Bamboo yarn for my socks. It's soft and hard wearing. I normally use a smaller needle than the pattern calls for by .25 and I do the foot part a little shorter than when using other yarns.
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Lynn60
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USA
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Posted - 10/04/2012 :  11:54:06 AM  Show Profile Send Lynn60 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just finished my 3rd pair of Scotch Mule Pattern socks and used Paton 's Classic worsted in "Mist color. The pattern looks deceiving hard and difficult, but is surprisingly easy, I should know I CAN"T FOLLOW A PATERN. I followed this one and I love it.I guess 3 pairs????:)
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Shalee
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Posted - 10/04/2012 :  11:01:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, Lynn, lace and a short row heel! You under-estimate yourself!

Sharon in NW PA
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Lanea
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Posted - 10/05/2012 :  06:35:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Spirit Trail Sunna, all the way. The silk feels much nicer to me than a nylon strand, and the colors are always gorgeous.

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mcknitty
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USA
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Posted - 10/12/2012 :  07:34:00 AM  Show Profile Send mcknitty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Try theloopyewe.com - wonderful online site, and I've bought a lot of sock yarn :D
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highdesertrose
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Malta
544 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2012 :  4:48:18 PM  Show Profile Send highdesertrose a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love Lorna's Laces and Koigu.

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