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Nov 5, 2011 13:32:45   #
Joanierx
 
I asked at my LYS for this. She said they don't carry it because it doesn't work very well. Your comments. Is there one that is best? All thoughts appreciated
 
Nov 5, 2011 15:21:58   #
Abuela Oreo
 
I buy most of my sock yarns at Joanns, my favorite is Bamboo and Ewe. all though I have socks out of most of their brands. I don't put any in the dryer but all are washed in the machine. My oldest pair is over a year old and still looks good as new. I wear them all the time year around as can't stand the feel of store bought.

Right now I have a pr on the needle with yarn I got from Mary Maxim and am really liking how they are knitting up.

As far as the self striping that is mostly what I use as I love watching the patterns emerge as I go and they work just fine, just be sure to get same dye lots and if you want your stripes or patterns to match you will usually need to pull out up to 2 yds from one skien to find the matching point to the other.

Irene
Nov 5, 2011 16:29:20   #
Colorado knits
 
Joanierx wrote:
I asked at my LYS for this. She said they don't carry it because it doesn't work very well. Your comments. Is there one that is best? All thoughts appreciated


What the heck is she talking about? Self-patterning yarn is great.
Nov 5, 2011 16:30:08   #
StitchDesigner
 
Joanierx wrote:
I asked at my LYS for this. She said they don't carry it because it doesn't work very well. Your comments. Is there one that is best? All thoughts appreciated


Sorry, but your LYS owner is full of it. Self striping and self patterning sock yarns work just fine, thank you very much.

Regia is good. Check the Skacel site, then ck online for the yarn you like. KnitPicks is good. Lion Brand. Or Google self pattern sock yarn.
Nov 5, 2011 16:36:42   #
Sewbizgirl
 
Unbelievable she told you this... she needs her head examined. Knitters love the stuff and it's engineered to make it's patterns around the circumference of a sock. It absolutely does work very well.

My favorite ones are the German yarns like Opal and Wolle Hartmuth.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=Opal+sock+yarn&_sacat=See-All-Categories
Opal self-patterning yarn

Nov 5, 2011 16:42:03   #
Joanierx
 
Thanks so much for comments and pictures. I am going to a different LYS.
 
Nov 5, 2011 16:56:37   #
Sewbizgirl
 
Joanierx wrote:
Thanks so much for comments and pictures. I am going to a different LYS.


Good idea! I would too... :-D
Nov 5, 2011 21:34:53   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
 
I think, for reasons of her own, she doesn't want to stock it.
In which case there is no need to pan it. I am making fingerless mitts with it at the moment. The only thing you have to watch is that you start both mitts, or socks, at the same place in the colorway.
Nov 5, 2011 21:40:47   #
jadancey (a regular here)
 
So far that's all I've used for socks and I love them. Try Kroy sock yarn, lovely, or in acrylic, Bernats Jacquards.
Nov 5, 2011 21:43:46   #
Hoosier Grandma
 
I am making my first pair of socks with Kroy. Already bought yarn for the second pair yesterday, cause it was on sale. Hobby Lobby and Michaels sells Kroy yarn.
Nov 5, 2011 23:36:01   #
mtnchild
 
I've used the Deborah Norville sock yarn carried by Joann's. It was on sale last week (or the week before) so only $5 for two skeins plus the time to knit them up.

The first pair I made match in colors but not in the stripe placement as I didn't start in the same spot on the colorway, but you can still tell that they are matching knee socks. I love the difference.
Yvette
 
Nov 6, 2011 00:49:57   #
Dreamweaver
 
Some LYS stores have very opinionated owners - Yours is one and her opinion is not shared by many. I love the self-striping. It gives so much design for so little work. Watching the pattern emerge is so much fun. I have yet to find a bad one. I have used many different brands and have not had problems with any. Go for it. You will have fun and enjoy it.
Nov 6, 2011 06:33:32   #
jmai5421
 
Abuela Oreo wrote:
I buy most of my sock yarns at Joanns, my favorite is Bamboo and Ewe. all though I have socks out of most of their brands. I don't put any in the dryer but all are washed in the machine. My oldest pair is over a year old and still looks good as new. I wear them all the time year around as can't stand the feel of store bought.

Right now I have a pr on the needle with yarn I got from Mary Maxim and am really liking how they are knitting up.

As far as the self striping that is mostly what I use as I love watching the patterns emerge as I go and they work just fine, just be sure to get same dye lots and if you want your stripes or patterns to match you will usually need to pull out up to 2 yds from one skien to find the matching point to the other.

Irene
I buy most of my sock yarns at Joanns, my favorite... (show quote)

I am with you Irene. I get my yarn form Hobby Lobby or Joanns. I like the self striping or jaquards. I love how the patterns emerge. I am afraid I do put them in the dryer. I have a pair that I made several years ago that I sometimes wear like slippers in the house that are still going strong. I wear them all the time in the winter. Yesterday I finished a pair using Patons Kroy sock yarn from Hobby Lobby. I love them, wore them all day. Today I am on to a new pair and different pattern. I have a pair on the needles of Norwegian knee socks for x-country skiing. I am to the heel of the second sock so must finish before the snow flies. Those I will have to wash by hand. They are all wool and some bamboo and ewe.
Nov 6, 2011 06:36:27   #
greatgram
 
I disagree - I've made many pairs of socks with it and love it. It's amazing to see the pattern take shape with no effort on the part of the 'creator.' They were a big hit last Christmas - and will be this Christmas, too (I hope)
Nov 6, 2011 06:45:07   #
kpfears
 
They're not just for socks, either. I've made baby hats with them and people always wonder why I put "so much work" into something for a baby. Universal makes a worsted weight, self-patterning yarn that is yummy. All my LYS carry them because they are so in demand.
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