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OK Cat Bordhi, you were right!

At Madrona last February, I saw Cat Bordhi and she told me she had come up with a brand new kind of heel, and that she thought I would like it. I asked her some questions, and she told me it was a variation on a short row heel, and I was skeptical to say the least.

See, I hate short row heels. I hate the little holes, and I know there are ways to get rid of them, but it’s not worth it because the second thing I hate about them is that they don’t fit my feet well at all.

I have rather odd feet. They’re very small – by length I should wear a US size 5.5 to 6 shoe, but I usually end up going a bit bigger because my feet are also tall. Not wide, if I try on a shoe like a Mary Jane or similar style that doesn’t go over the top of my foot, I can fit into a 6 no problem – it’s just that I can’t close the straps. (You can ask Shannon, we went to the Fluevog store after Sock Summit and she watched me try on 3 pairs of shoes that fit great if I left the straps hanging wide open.) Perhaps because of this tallness, or perhaps for other reasons, the distance diagonally from the back of my heel around the front of my foot is very large compared to the circumference of my foot (12″ compared to 8″) – thus short row heels are not a good option.

But enough about me. I saw Cat again at Sock Summit, after she had released her Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks ebook. She told me about the heel again, and I decided to try it.

Why? Well, Cat is a genius of crazy sock construction, and she looked at my feet and told me she thought it would work, and promised me that there would be no holes. Plus, because I am an *ahem* rather experienced sock knitter, she said I would probably be able to figure it out just from the YouTube Video.

And so… I did. Really, what did I have to lose?

Pattern: my plain sock recipe with Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel
Yarn: Patons Stretch Socks in Cherry Sours
Started: 8/7/11
Finished: 10/5/11

I cast on shortly after Sock Summit and carried them around in my bag for in between knitting, so it took quite a while to finish them. Plus I couldn’t tell you all about them until I wore them!

So here’s the verdict. There are a couple little issues:

1. The back of the ankle is slightly baggy, but nothing to interfere with wear, and I know Cat has many variations and tweaks in her book, which I didn’t use because I just made the most basic version. This is really a very minor issue.

2. The foot is slightly too long, but that is completely my error as I wasn’t sure where to measure from to figure out when to start the toe, and I didn’t try them on. (bad knitter!)

3. Though the first pick ups of the wraps look beautiful, somehow I didn’t do them quite the same the second time around and they look slightly less beautiful (also completely a user error), but they’re still much better than those awful short row holes!

Overall, they fit very well and I think they’d be an excellent option for me if I ever knit toe-up socks again. 😉

And a little about the yarn, since I hadn’t used it before. It’s a nice cotton/wool blend and though it was a little splitty, it wasn’t bad to work with. The finished feel is really nice! Also it was dirt cheap – I threw it in my cart when ordering my rotary mat from Joann’s because it bumped me over the limit and was cheaper than paying shipping.


Gothic Summer

When I was at Madrona in Feburary, I got some of the coveted Goth Socks. It took me quite a while to knit it, but over the summer the Goth Socks Ravelry group was having a “gothic summer” knitalong. I decided to join. (Are we seeing a KAL theme going on here? Strange but true!)

August 28

I picked a skein of Oh My Goth in Blue Ballz. This actually wasn’t one of the ones I got at Madrona, but I picked up a few skeins for a friend and she traded me this one. This made me very happy because I had been trying to get this color for ages.

One of my knitting buddies even got me a skein in an etsy update but didn’t realize at the time it was worsted weight! Eventually I might have some matching arm warmers… we’ll see.

Well, the deadline is looming (11:59 on Monday the 6th) but I got my socks done in plenty of time.

August 29

Yarn: Goth Socks Oh My Goth in Blue Ballz
Started: 8/7/2010
Finished: 8/29/2010

I just knit plain stockinette socks because I think they show off stripes the best. Maybe I’ll be more adventurous with one of my other skeins.

As for the yarn, it was lovely to work with. The only minor complaint I have is that the black dye did rub off on my fingers a tiny bit. It was so little that I didn’t notice it at first, but the last few days I’ve been working quite a bit on the socks and kept wondering why my fingers were so “dirty”… and then I realized it was the dye. Hopefully it won’t cause any problems when I wear them.

Other than that, the yarn was squishy and soft and overall delightful. I can’t wait to work with it again!

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Seriously Noro? SERIOUSLY?!?

OK, I wasn’t going to blog today. And this doesn’t even really count, but I just have to get this off my chest.

May 8

These 6 (yes, six!) balls of yarn come from about the last 1/3 of ONE 50g skein of Noro Kureyon. In which I already joined at least two other knots while knitting my sweater. And then after joining the turquoise – which was one of several colors knotted totally out of sequence – I knit not even a whole stripe before hitting another knot. Then I noticed a knot on the outside of the skein and decided I’d better rewind it.

Now, I know that knots are in yarn. That’s the way it goes. And if I encounter one or two in a ball I’m slightly miffed but understanding. And Noro is notorious for having lots of knots, and often having knots with two totally different colors tied together. There’s a section on the back of my other Noro sweater where the color sequence goes back two stripes and then repeats.

Yeah, it’s annoying, but slightly less so when you can splice the yarn as you can with Kureyon. But this? This is not acceptable. And the yarn isn’t cheap either! Beautiful, but not pretty enough to make this OK.

Ugh. Somebody remind me of this the next time I want to knit a Noro sweater.

(On a slightly happier note, progress is being made on the Kureyon Hoodie.)

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Socks vs. Sweaters

Spending the last few days at Madrona has got me thinking about sweaters.

I saw so many beautiful sweaters and shawls, and though I did bring one sweater, most of the handknits that I wore were socks. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone. 😉 So I see everyone with their sweaters getting admired and I feel a bit jealous. My socks are certainly less visible (and possibly less impressive) than sweaters. And to be fair, my socks did get a bit of love, and my sweater got plenty.

It just made me wish that I had more sweaters or other obvious knitwear to show off.

I love to knit socks. I love to wear socks. And it’s not that I can’t knit a sweater or shawl, it’s just that I don’t really want to. I have knit sweaters, and they’re great. I like them. But when I sit down to knit, I want to knit socks. Even when I start sweaters they usually linger for ages. They’re not even that much more work! I’d say a sweater is roughly equivalent to two pairs of patterned socks – depending on the socks and the sweater, of course.

I met the beautiful Faery Ring which didn’t help the case for socks. Not that I don’t have a bunch of other sweaters to knit already… including a couple on the needles. But I’ve tried to reform my sock-knitting ways before, and it has never worked.

Speaking of socks, here’s a pair I finished while I was there:


Yarn: Mini Mochi in #108
Started: 12/29/09
Finished: 2/12/10

This yarn was a bit difficult to work with – it’s quite splitty and it took me a while to get the feel of how to knit it without splitting stitches. But once I got the hang of it, it wasn’t too bad. The one thing that did bother me a bit is the difference in the stripe length. This isn’t just a case of me being picky about stuff matching though, the sock with the longer stripes had sections of much thinner yarn than the other sock. Not only did this change the length of the stripes, it also made the width of the sock smaller and larger in some places. The yarn is also quite fuzzy. I’m curious to see how comfortable these socks are and how well they wear. I do have more in one of the rainbow colors, so if I don’t like the socks I might have to find another plan for those skeins.


Monkeys At the Beach

A while back I offered to knit some socks for some non-knitters. They may not knit themselves, but these people sure know how to appreciate handknit socks! One woman said she liked bright colors, and I immediately thought of this Madelinetosh yarn in Beach Towel, which was the summer offering from the Woolgirl Sock Club.


Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A
Yarn: Madelinetosh in Beach Towel
Needles: 2.25mm
Started: 3/5/09
Finished: 3/25/09
Miles: .22
Total Marathon Miles: 1.13

I originally started the socks on 2.5mm needles like the pattern suggests, but the yarn was pooling in a very unattractive fashion so I ripped it out and knit it with 2.25mm needles instead. The yarn is not my colors, but the recipient said she was up for “crazy” socks, so I hope she likes them!

The Madelinetosh yarn was interesting – it’s pretty thin, but more “sproingy” than the usual 2-ply yarn you see as a base for many hand dyed yarns. But not quite as much as Socks That Rock or yarns that use the Louet base. The two ends of the skein did appear to be dyed a bit differently, as you can see from the socks one leg has much bigger spiraling stripes than the other, but on the feet they’re about the same. The socks were knit at the same time on magic loop, so I’m sure it’s not a gauge issue.

And, speaking of Cookie A, I picked up her new book today. So exciting!

Listening to: Girl’s Not Grey ~ AFI, Disposition ~ Tool

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More socks!

I’ve been finishing things so quickly that I’m getting behind on blogging. Yesterday I finished these socks:


Yarn: Meilenweit Mega Boots Stretch
Pattern: plain ol’ socks
Started: 1/10/09
Finished: 1/20/09

I must admit that this skein of yarn has been sitting in my stash for a long time. I got it at a Knitsmiths swap a couple years ago because it was a new yarn I hadn’t tried yet, but the colors in the ball just weren’t all that appealing. Plus it was a little rumpled. But I was knitting socks for someone who likes blue and red, and I figured it was a great opportunity to try a new yarn.

The yarn itself is really interesting. It has a lot of stretch and tends to look a bit strange in the ball – sort of like the plies are different lengths, which I guess they kind of are. Knitted up it looks like normal sock yarn. There are two plies that I believe are the ones with the stretch that stay one color throughout the skein – in this case a slate-ish blue. The third ply is looser and changes color along the length of the yarn giving the variegated effect you see above. I enjoyed working with the yarn and the finished socks turned out great, so maybe I’ll attempt to find some Mega Boots Stretch that’s more my colors and knit some socks for myself sometime.

So it looks like I’m on track for a good sock-knitting year, at least so far. Three weeks into January and I have three pairs of socks finished. I started Nutkin as soon as the Mega Boots Stretch socks were finished.



I’m off to a good start on the sock knitting this year.


Pattern: Thuja
Yarn: Interlacements Toasty Toes
Needles: size 5
Started: 1/8/09
Finished: 1/15/09

I modified the pattern a bit so I could knit it with this sport weight yarn instead of the worsted / aran suggested by the pattern. I cast on 48 stitches, knit the top in k3p1 rib instead of the k1p1 in the pattern, and centered 21 sts of rib (starting and ending with a seed stitch column) on the instep and decreased to 23 sts of stockinette on the sole. They turned out really well! If you look closely at the picture you might notice how strangely the yarn behaved – apparently for the leg 48 stitches was the exact number so that each color wrapped once around the sock – perfect 1 row stripes. After the gusset there were only 44 sts so there were 4 stitches of overlap of each colors which started some spiraling. It was a complete accident, but I like the effect on the leg.

Toasty Toes is a nice yarn to work with – soft and fairly springy. It’s a heavier weight – they say sport but I’d say more of a DK – which makes the socks a little thicker. They’re still thin enough to wear with sneakers, I think, but they sure knit up quickly. The colors overlap a bit more than I like – I’m a big fan of abrupt changes unless the colors are selected to blend well into each other. For example, the pink into orange was quite pretty but the orange into blue gave a really ugly brown. :( There was a knot approximately in the center of my skein, and I think this might have been intentional as the 2nd end was tied to the strings binding the skein when I wound it. A pretty good idea, which I’ve heard that Malabrigo sock does as well.


Olympia Socks

Please note! Below the knitting content there is a picture of the January Rockin’ Sock Club shipment, if you don’t want to be spoiled scroll slowly and stop after the sock recap!

Last night after posting I went out to a craft night with a new group. I had a blast, met a lot of neat new people, and got some good progress done on my Olympia socks. When I got home I was pretty tired but it is beyond my ability to leave socks when they’re in the toe decreases so I had to stay up and finish them – not too late though.

Pattern: my own in-my-head stockinette sock
Yarn: Panda Cotton in Bleeberries – Grapes ~ no idea what a bleeberry is 😉
Needles: size 1 (2.25mm)
Started: 12/31/07
Finished: 1/25/08

I got this yarn on a trip to Canvas Works in Olympia, WA over the holidays. I was in dire need of a darning needle to finish my Central Air socks and made my friend drive me to the yarn store. He was surprisingly nice about it but did want to get out of there quickly. While I was there I saw the Panda Cotton which I haven’t seen locally (ok, I saw it once and didn’t like the colors) so I picked up a couple of balls.

This yarn is pretty splitty – the cast on ends had unravelled into little threads by the time I finished the socks and went to weave them in, and I did have a few sections of the yarn do the same while I was knitting. I really liked the yarn despite this, it’s very soft and the finished socks are lovely. As I was putting them on this morning I was struck by how much less stretchy they are than wool socks. It’s to be expected from a cotton and bamboo yarn, and the elastic does help. Personally I prefer wool, but this yarn would be GREAT for a vegan or wool-sensitive person. And I’m sure I’ll be changing my mind in the summer when these socks will be on my feet while the wool ones hang out in the back of the drawer.

WARNING! Spoilers beyond this point!


I arrived home tonight to find the first package from the ’08 Rockin’ Sock Club! I must say that I agree with Tina’s sentiments on red – it is one of my least favorite colors for some unknown reason. My mom likes it too but thankfully I did not grow up in an all red house. However, I like this yarn.

I’ve also made the decision to try to keep up with the club this year. (I know, what a novel idea!) I think I probably had that idea way back in ’06 which was quickly derailed by my hatred of the very first sock club yarn – Rainforest Jasper – when I saw it in the skein. However, once I finally got around to finishing those socks (in August ’06 at the Gorge right before seeing Tool!) I loved them. They are probably my favorite Rockin’ Sock Club socks that I’ve knit to date.

The problem being that I decided I would continue knitting the socks in order. After my pitiful performance on the Cedar Creek socks, I proceeded almost immediately to Rock and Weave and completed them in a reasonable amount of time. Then came my 14,000 pattern modifications on Hippy Crunchy which I believe took me all the way into 2007. I finally finished Central Air in December after starting them in May. I’m way behind, about to start Marble Arches from the ’06 club. But hey, only two more pairs and I’m done with ’06!

See the pretty yarn all wound up:

In any case, maybe I’ll try to finish a pair of RSC socks a month this year – that way I can catch up on some of the older patterns while still staying current.

Listening to: Passenger ~ Deftones, In Motion Part II ~ The Gathering, Lomo ~ Klimt 1918

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Another free sock pattern!

But this time it’s not mine.

My friend Rachel just opened up a new store with yarn that she dyes called inspinknity. She actually sells a lot more than just hand-dyed yarn, she also sells Louet stuff like spinning supplies and such.

In any case, she asked me if I had time to do a quick test knit of the free pattern she put up on Ravelry to celebrate the opening of her store, and of course I’m always glad to help a friend out for free yarn. (I decided on Blink.)

Here are the socks:

Pattern: Fern Clog Socks
Yarn: inspinknity Superwash Merino Sock in Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Started: 1/3/08
Finished: 1/10/08

I really enjoyed working with the yarn – the base is the Louet fingering which is very soft and sproingy. And even though the yarn for the test socks isn’t my favorite colors, I loved how the subtle differences in color panned out in the socks – there was pooling, but it wasn’t really noticeable because the pinks and purples blended well together.

They’re clog socks with a plain front and a fern lace pattern up the back and on the back of the heel, though they’d be easy to modify to include lace on both sides and/or have a “normal” heel flap. They were a quick and easy knit, too!

For those of you who aren’t on Ravelry yet, you can also get the pattern from Rachel via her blog – check out the info here. There are more pictures there as well.


The Yarns I’ve Had and What I Think of Them!

I had a request-by-comment to add stars or something to indicate my favorite sock yarns that I’ve worked with. I’ll do that but I thought I’d do a little post now about the yarns I’ve used thus far and what I thought of them, and then start doing updates when I use a new yarn. :)

I’ve linked the name of the yarn to the finished socks wherever possible.

4-ply Soft (Rowan)

I liked this yarn a lot, although it is not machine washable. It’s soft and shows lace especially well.


This yarn (a 50% wool 50% alpaca blend) was a little scratchy and hairy and not machine washable. Not what I would personally choose for socks, but I didn’t pick it. I also didn’t like the color. 😉

Handpaints by Artsygal

I really enjoyed working with this yarn. The base is 50% Tussah Silk and 50% Merino. The colors were gorgeous and the yarn has a lovely sheen. It’s a bit on the fuzzy side (to be expected from the silk) and a little splitty, but really not any worse than many of the other sock yarns I’ve tried.

Austermann Step

I was intrigued by this yarn because it contains aloe and jojoba. The yarn is similar to Regia or Opal, while the color reminds me of Opal since it is not evenly applied to the strand. It knits up nicely and feels a little odd while knitting – like you just put lotion on your hands.

Artyarns Supermerino (last picture)

I started knitting these socks for a gift and contemplated stealing them a few times! The yarn is very soft and “sproingy” and the colors are beautiful! A word of caution – I bought three skeins at the same time and one was very different in color so be very careful to compare skeins and make sure they’re all similar in color. However, that was really my fault and I still LOVE this yarn! Since I gifted the socks I’ll have to check with the recipient on how they wear, but I do have a couple skeins to knit socks for myself sometime soon.

Black Bunny Fibers

I really liked working with this yarn. It has a nice tight twist and “sproingy-ness” similar to Koigu. The colors are beautiful as well, although mine pooled somewhat strangely.

BMFA Sock Candy

I received this yarn as a gift and I love it! The colors were gorgeous – and very vibrant on the cotton yarn. It’s slightly stretchy, but nowhere near as stretch as Fixation. The ends of the yarn unravelled quite a bit into very thin threads, but I didn’t find it too splitty while knitting. It’s very soft!

Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport

This yarn made beautiful finished socks. It is also not machine washable. I liked that I could knit it up on slightly larger needles (3s) so it went quickly.

Chinese Mystery sock yarn

I generally prefer washable sock yarn, but I have to admit that this yarn did give an amazing finished product. Unfortunately it was a RAK and the label was entirely in Chinese and I have no idea where I would ever find it again.

Crystal Palace Maizy

I bought this yarn at Rosie’s Yarn Cellar during the Philly Knitty Fest because it sounded interesting. It was, although it’s very splitty, that’s not really a problem for me so I didn’t mind. I first started a pair of socks in stockinette, but it was pooling in a really ugly way so I decided to break it up by using another stitch pattern. Overall the yarn is nice, very stretchy, and one of the few vegan options out there for sock yarn. The colors it comes in aren’t really my taste, but I’m sure there will be more colors available if they keep the yarn, and how cool is it to have socks made mostly of corn?

Dorchester Farms Sock Yarn

It’s a little heavier than the yarns I usually use – more suited to a size 2 or 3 needle. The base yarn itself is a fairly standard superwash wool/nylon blend. I guess what make this yarn different, other than the slightly heavier weight, is the fact that it’s hand-dyed. It seems like most hand-dyed yarns are a superwash merino base instead of this wool/nylon one.


The yarn itself was not really all that different from other yarns I’ve worked with, although I was surprised by the striping since from looking at the ball I thought it would be variegated. Overall a nice and durable yarn that makes comfortable and hard-wearing socks.

Fearless Fibers

Gorgeous colors, and very soft. The yardage is amazing – I had 75g left after knitting a pair of socks. Unfortunately the socks didn’t hold up too well to washing. After one wear-and-wash they were about as fuzzy as the pair made with Patons Kroy that are a year old.

Cascade Fixation

This is a yarn that many knitters hate. Personally I like it a lot and have made a few pairs of socks – anklets with one ball and taller socks. It’s another that can be knit on larger needles (3-4) and is great for warmer weather. It holds up quite well through the wash and even the dryer, although I wouldn’t recommend machine-drying the socks as they do shrink a bit.


This yarn was easy to work with and I really liked the final result. It was a bit thicker than some of the fingering weight yarns I’m used to, and very soft.


Knitting socks with handspun (this was a single ply) was an interesting experience because it’s more uneven than commercial sock yarn. This particular handspun was a little rough and not machine washable, but I’m sure the socks will be comfy after washing and especially warm.

Jarbo Raggi (2nd picture)

I knit a sample sock out of this so it hasn’t been worn. The yarn is a wool nylon blend and washable, and since it’s worsted weight it knits up very quickly. It’s nice and soft and would be great for thick socks.


The yarn was a little splity, but overall I enjoyed working with it. The colors blend beautifully and the yarn is very soft.

Koigu (a better picture of the yarn at the end of this post)

I love the colors of Koigu and it’s definitely an enjoyable yarn to work with!

Kona Superwash

This is the sport/DK weight that I dyed myself. It’s a nice soft yarn – very fluffy and makes cushy socks because it’s a bit thicker. It was a little splitty while knitting, but the finished socks turned out well.

KP Essential

This is the old version of Essential, I’ve heard that they’re now using a different base yarn which is softer. This reminded me of Paton’s Kroy – rough while you’re working with it but it softens after washing.

KP Merino
The KP Merino (this was the Sock Garden, now discontinued) is quite soft. Not machine washable, though, and I didn’t like the way the colors came out very well. It’s very comfortable to wear, though – as expected with non-superwash yarn – there is a bit of felting in the heel and on the bottom of the foot.

KP Palette

This yarn is a little rough to work with but softens after washing. Also not machine washable, and the color bled a lot on the first washing. However I love these socks – the yarn is definitely beautiful.


The yarn is a sportweight (so it knits up quickly) and very nice to work with, and the color kind of reminds me of Trekking. The two balls I had in the same dyelot were quite different – one striping and the other more mottled – so if you’re not a fan of fraternal socks it would be better to alternate balls.

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock

This is one of my favorites. I love the colors that this yarn comes in (not especially the Bee Stripe, but these were not for me) and it’s a joy to work with. Definitely one of my favorites.

Macek Designs Superwash Merino

I had this yarn custom dyed and was very happy with the customer service as well as the yarn itself. It is a similar base yarn to other indie sock yarns out there – a 2-ply superwash merino. It is very soft, fluffs up nicely, and the dyeing was great.

Magic Stripes

This is the first pair of socks I knit. This yarn is a little thicker than Shepherd Sock or many of the other fingering weight sock yarns, and knits up well on 2s or 3s for quicker socks. It’s not the softest yarn, but it wears like iron! I’ve had these socks for nearly 2 years now and I wear them often, put them through the washer and dryer, and they’re holding up really well.


These were a test knit so I have no idea how they wear. The socks were very soft and had a nice feeling on the feet, though.

Nature’s Palette

I picked this yarn up in Portland since I had never seen it before. I really enjoyed working with it except for the fact that the dye came of on my hands – a lot. However when I washed them to block not much dye came out. The yarn reminds me a bit of Koigu, although it is handwash only. The finished socks looked great, and the slight variation in color depth gave a nice almost solid effect.


I’m personally not a huge fan of Opal because of the colors. They’re applied sort of unevenly with white showing through, which just isn’t what I like. However the Opal socks I have wear very well and are quite comfortable. The yarn is a little rough when knitting.

Paton’s Kroy

This yarn is one of the best for solid colors in my opinion. It’s a slightly heavier weight than the Opal or Lorna’s Laces. It’s quite rough while knitting, but washes up fairly soft and wears very well through machine washings and even the dryer.

Peru DK (1st picture)

This yarn was soft and the finished socks looked great! The label had no washing instructions, but I’m assuming it’s handwash as it’s merino, alpaca, and silk. I can’t say how it wears, but even if it doesn’t hold up longterm the socks sure would be comfy while they lived.

Peruvian Quechua

This yarn was quite fuzzy, a bit splitty, and I’d be concerned with how well it would wear as socks. However, the pair I knitted was a gift (the recipient picked the yarn) and the socks were intended to be bed socks.

Regia Bamboo

I’d heard mixed reviews about this yarn. Some people said that it didn’t hold shape well and didn’t have enough stretch – there were complaints that the ribbing was floppy. I didn’t have this problem, in fact I love how the sock came out! I knit it on 2.5mm needles and the ribbing is fine. Even the stockinette has quite a bit of stretch.

Regia Cotton I didn’t especially like knitting with this yarn because it was not stretchy at all. I’d definitely recommend a ribbed or cabled pattern to give the socks the necessary spring. The finished socks did come out nice, but they weren’t for me so I can’t speak to how they performed.

Regia Strato

This yarn belonged to a friend. I enjoyed knitting with it and the colors remind me of Trekking. The socks were comfy when I tried them on, but I haven’t actually worn them. Jessica says they’re doing great through quite a few wear and wash cycles. :)

Ruby Sapphire

My Sockapalooza pal MJ knit me a pair of socks in this yarn, then sent along the extra so I could have the experience of knitting with it too. I love the socks she made – they’re very comfortable and have held up well so far. The yarn was a little splitty while I knit with it, but the end result is worth it.

Socka Color (Fortissima Colori)

This yarn isn’t particularly soft and there were a few knots in the ball I had. It’s also fairly splity. Not too bad to work with, but not a favorite either. It seems very similar to Opal or Regia in fiber content/feel so I think the socks will wear well.


I have a pair of Sockotta socks that I received in a swap, but the linked pair is the first time I’ve knitted with it. From my swap socks I know that it washes very well (even holds up through the dryer) and is comfy and good for warmer weather, as one would expect from the cotton content. Knitting with it was a pretty good experience as well. The fabric is not quite as stretchy as a 100% wool or wool-nylon blend, but the socks are soft.

Socks That Rock

I have to say that this is my favorite of the yarns I’ve tried. It is so soft and cushy, it’s amazing to knit with and the finished socks feel great too. And this yarn has the amazing ability to make me like, and even buy, colors that I usually hate. (I bought red. Really!) I’ve worn and washed my socks a few times and even after walking around in them a lot they look very good.

Star (Classic Elite)

I probably wouldn’t knit socks with this yarn again. It’s pretty similar to Cascade Fixation, but a heavier weight and much more thick and thin, which totally obscures any stitch pattern. The socks pictured are a rib pattern, and when on you can barely tell that the socks are ribbed, let alone that it’s something more than a simple 3×3. Since they were the prescribed pattern for Socks Wars I had to knit them that way.

Sunshine Yarns

This yarn has become another one of my favorites. It has my top two qualities (soft and superwash) and the colors are gorgeous. I loved working with it!

Supersock – Cherry Tree Hill

I really enjoyed working with this yarn, which stood up well to the frogging it encountered in the first incarnation. The colors on the sock look even more lovely than in the skein or ball, and it has a surprising amount of stretch (great for Jaywalkers like these!)


I’m in love with the colors of Trekking – especially the blues. It’s an overall nice sock yarn I think. I didn’t find it too rough while knitting, and I’ve heard it wears well although I have no personal experience with that.


This yarn is not actually sock weight, it’s more of a worsted. However, my Summer Sock Party pal used a sock pattern that calls for this yarn and so I got the chance to knit with it (the 2nd sock, that is). It’s an interesting blend of soy and polypropylene – very different but I really like it!


I love this yarn! I don’t know what it is exactly – probably the colors. I had a lovely time knitting with it. The socks have only been worn once or twice because of the weather changes, but they seem to be holding up well.

Wool Ease

I don’t have a picture of these socks, which I knit for my mom. I wasn’t a big fan of the Wool Ease for socks, although the sport weight might work better – I used worsted.

Whew! If you got through all of that congrats!