Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Hmmm....

So, I'm having a hard time deciding what yarn and pattern to use. Being a beginner sock-knitter, I don't want something too difficult, and being on a budget, I'm looking for yarn that's not too pricey. But I still want to do something great for my sock pal! So, I'm busy searching for bargains and patterns and what will work together... I have a few patterns that I like (I'm leaning toward Quill Lace on knitty- it seems like something I can do, and I'm ready for the challenge!), but need to find the right yarn. Somthing that seems extravagent without being too expensive. Anyone have any suggestions?

10 comments:

Stitchcounter said...

I cruised through the vendors that are offering special Sockapalooza discounts and got the yarn that way. Otherwise, I checkout my favorite online retailers for sales. I found that some of the vendors listed on our blog have some very nice sock yarn (interesting blends too) for not too much money.

Mithranstar said...

Jaywalkers are a nice patternn that is relatively simple, and they look amazing done in Opal or Regia self striping yarn, neither of which are terribly expensive.

Mithranstar x

J. Denae said...

The Crusoe sock pattern from Knitty is a fairly simple and quick (but still really cool) pattern and Knitpicks has inexpensive yarn... I've made three pr four pairs of Crusoe socks with the "Memories" yarn from Knitpicks.

Beth said...

That quill lace would look good in just about anything. The knitpicks sock yarns are on the less expensive side, Reynolds Soft Sea Wool runs less expensive and comes in some really pretty solids, there are some sellers on ebay who hand-dye and sell for really reasonable prices, or for something a little more "special" while still being inexpensive, you could find some undyed (through knitpicks or elsewhere), pick up some kool-aid and dye your own.

Lexy Girl said...

I'd just like to reiterate that KnitPicks are a great choice for a good looking inexpensive sock yarn. Lisa Souza is fairly inexpensive too... at least for handpainted yarns. Plus she has a ton of yardage in her skeins.

Knitopia said...

Sock yarn frequently comes up for sale on the Destash Blog. Some are good deals.

Jenneke said...

Or, you could dye some yourself...

Seanna Lea said...

I love Regia Silk. It takes 2 skeins, comes in solids which is great for lace, and is wonderfully soft to work with.

Also almost any of the sock yarns where a skein makes a pair (Trekking, Fleace Artist). They look expensive by themselves, but compared to a yarn where you have to buy two skeins it isn't actually a bad deal.

Isobel said...

Louet sock yarn is reasonably priced and very nice to knit with. It only comes in solids, I don't know if that is a problem for you. Loopy Ewe has loads of colours to choose from.

SecretSockPal said...

I actually just got some knitpicks yarn in the mail yesterday and I'm impressed by how soft it is for $3.29 for 50 gms. Try that and one of the knitty.com patterns like Monkey or Pomatomus...