Yesterday I blogged about the new colors of Blue Moon Fiber Arts that arrived on Socks that Rock Lightweight. Donna left this comment:
"I love the new color-ways & the springiness of their yarn. But I wish they'd come out with a true fingering weight yarn. I have narrow feet & have trouble coming up with a correct number of stitches for my feet. Plus I just like the feel of thinner socks. I may still get a couple of skeins anyway."
Which made me think- yes, I can completely understand that. I collect Blue Moon Fiber Arts because I love the color and texture of Socks that Rock Lightweight, but I haven't actually knit socks out of it! I've knit a hat for myself (in Free Range Chicken shown above) and a hat for little Henry, and I think I've knit it one other time but it's just not coming to mind. But I haven't yet knit socks out of this epic yarn. Perhaps it's because it is slightly heavier than a true fingering (I'd consider it between a fingering and sport weight) and I already have wide feet. Perhaps in the back of my mind I know that if I knit it for socks, they wouldn't fit in any of the shoes I have. I would also have to adjust down from the normal 64-68 stitches I cast on for fingering weight on a US 1 or 1.5. I'd have to cast on 62 perhaps and knit with a US 2 or 2.5 to accommodate the thicker yarn. I'll have a talk with Tina soon about finding a true fingering weight option for the shop for those of us who want one.
I do tend to wear hand knit socks all winter long. Scratch that. Since I started playing volleyball again consistently I have had to purchase cotton ankle socks because I'm not a fan of wearing wool socks while sweat is pooling at my feet. But during a normal work day or mom day (which are basically the same thing) I am wearing hand knit socks. The ones I tend to wear most often are Opal because they are thin enough to wear in shoes, are durable and hard to ruin in the washer, and they are darned fun to knit. But Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, any of the Cascade Heritage options, Hedgehog Sock, House of a la Mode Swirling Fingering (coming again soon!), Madelinetosh Twist Light, Primrose Zig Zag and Yarn Love's Juliet (and others that just aren't coming to mind at 7:30am) are all tightly plied and a true fingering so they work well for me for daily wear.
Opal Schafpate 8 color 9206, in my opinion in the top 5 Opal colors EVER
Which makes me think that I need to refresh my sock knitting options. I really want to have a few each of these on hand for when the fancy strikes me. I tend to be the yarn shop owner that all of a sudden thinks "I want to knit some of Heather's yarn today!" and then I have nothing left in the shop that fits the colors I'm thinking because they sold out in a snap.
Do you have a go-to sock yarn that you knit for yourself over and over? Or do you love to knit new things for yourself all the time?