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Holly Doyne's reviews of various sock yarns
The following text is from a knitlist post from Holly Doyne. Prices are
in German currency.
After completing another pair of socks thought that I would post a
summary to all of you.
Have also looked at the Socka Cotton. Knitted up, it looked more like
sweatsocks. I have some of Junghans cotton to try - but I really like wool socks.
- Sock weight 75%wool/25%nylon, 28-30/10cm, 2.5-3mm needles.
Comes in lovely colors, both solids and multis - a delight to knit with. The
kids' socks have now been through the washer and dryer 20+ times - are holding
up well - but am seeing some significant pilling. 210m/50gm. 8.95-10.95DM/100gm
- Same content, etc as above. Has become my favorite. Feels a
little softer to knit with and doesn't pill as much with handling and washing
and drying. Not quite the same range of bright multis - but some great ragg
and heathers. 8.95-9.95DM/100gm
- 4 fadig. Same content as above. A little stiffer a yarn to knit with;
not as soft even after multiple washings. No significant pilling. Seems to want
to knit more on the smaller needles. 5.25-6.50DM/50 gm; greatest color range
available in my area. (Editor's note: Holly lives in Heidelberg, Germany.)
- As above. A slightly more plasticy feeling yarn. A store brand in
Kaufhof. Moderate range of traditional colors only. My son's pair have stood up
to being in and outdoor "where are your shoes, young man" socks. Great buy at
- Content, gauge, etc., as above. A slightly softer-feeling yarn that
knits best on 2.5 needles for kids wear. The girls' favorite combinations of
purple and pink. 10+ washes still looks good. 4.95-5.75DM/50gm
- Muellers - store brand.
- Mid range of colors - again feels a little more
plasticky than some of the others, but my demin lace ones (the girly girl socks
from that spinnoff issue) are great. At 2.95-4.25DM/50 gm the best buy
- Not impressed - great bright colors, but the yarn did not feel as
substantial, and it split. Did not hold up in the kids' heels without the extra
strand and I got complaints about stiffness with it.
- Got some great colors. It splits, badly. nice feeling yarn, but the
splitting was a real pain. Will give you a follow up in a couple of months
about how it wears.
Best all around so far?
Handspun from Ruth Hiebert - fun to knit with - feels great - but I do have to
hand wash. (I'm not going to felt these babies and have one of the kids take them
because they are too small for Mom.)
Large amount of clapping for Ruth please!
As you can tell - I am having lots of fun doing socks - there are lots of yarns
available. And I have a couple baskets of sock yarns "incubating".
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