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What's your favorite fiber combination for knitting socks? Are you a tried and true merino/nylon knitter? Or does your current interest lie with the more luxurious combinations that include fibers like silk and cashmere?
When it comes to knitting socks for myself, I'll knit about anything that I think will hold up to wear. Earlier this year, my obsession was Seacoast's Merino/Tencel. Not only does it hold up well, but the Tencel gives the fiber an amazing sheen that you usually only see with expensive fiber combinations. I think cabled socks or stitch patterns with texture look especially amazing with this yarn, as the light bounces off the pattern giving the sock pattern even more depth.
When I knit socks for others, I gauge it by what kind of care that person is likely to give the socks. If it's my husband or his dad, it strictly knit a merino/nylon blend like Simply Sock Yarn or Lang's Jawoll. Trekking XXL would work well, but I haven't knit that for anyone but myself yet.
If I'm knitting for someone like my mom or sister who I know will remember not to wash the socks in hot water (which can over time make hand painted yarns look less vibrant), I might gift something like Pagewood Farm's Denali sock yarn (wool/nylon) like I did in the Army Girl colorway (Spring Forward pattern) or the Kitchen Sink Dyeworks in Sucre (the Kai-Mei pattern from the book Sock Innovations).
But for something really special, I like to gift something with some cashmere content. There are lots of non-knitters who really don't understand the value of a knitted gift- the time and effort that goes into finding the right yarn for the right project, the hours that we commit to making that gift, and the kind thoughts that are in each stitch we knit. But there's something about a cashmere socks that makes non-knitters think, "Wow, cashmere. That's a great gift." My sister requested Casbah socks in the Mahongany colorway (no, I didn't even have a chance to start them yet), and my go-to gift this year is the Lepidoptera Mitts in Tilli Tomas' Milan (which is featured in SSYC's new sock yarn club). I have a pair in American Beauty finished, and recently started a pair of mitts in Black Cherry. Keeping my fingers crossed that I have time to finish them before they need to be gifted!!