Decisions, decisions

p5150527sockyarn.jpgI have a bit of sock yarn in my stash.

To date, I’ve knit only three socks. I don’t have anything against socks—I just haven’t gotten around to starting a new pair. Considering the amount of sock yarn in my stash, though, my current non-sock-knitter status is getting to be embarrassing. (In all fairness, I should point out that about 90% of the yarn you see here was given to me by swap partners and friends.) So I’ve decided to cast on for some socks soon. The problem is, which yarn should I use?

I’m thinking of going with toe-up socks, knit in simple stockinette with ribbing at the top. So I don’t want to use yarn for this that would be better suited for a different, perhaps more dramatic stitch pattern (because one day, I will try my hand at one of those!).

Click on the photo to embiggen it (and my shoes in the bottom of the frame—I was standing on Sylvia’s picnic table when I took the picture) and let me know which yarn you think I should use. If you want more info on what any of the yarns are, just holler and I’ll tell you.

11 Responses to “Decisions, decisions”

  1. Katie Jon 20 May 2008 at 6:51 am

    It depends. If you’re starting a pair for you, I say go with Lorna’s Laces in the top right. However, if the pair is for me I say go with Socks that Rock, also in the top right.

    I know those shoes. I didn’t bring mine to Belgium though.

  2. Sarahon 20 May 2008 at 7:34 am

    I like the Trampoline or the Opal or the wound purple stuff in the corner, since you’re using stockinette stitch. The Opal is patterned, I believe, which would be best displayed by a simple stockinette. I think that the bright varigations of the Trampoline would hide any stitch pattern, so they will be best used in a stockinette stitch sock, too. The same goes for the purple yarn.

    Can’t wait to see what you do!

  3. Markon 20 May 2008 at 10:08 am

    The red stuff.

  4. ariannaon 20 May 2008 at 11:18 am

    I agree on the Opal, if you are doing a really basic sock. That’ll knit up nice & pretty. But, it DOES also depend on who the socks are for. Opal is definitely less comfy than some of the others you’ve got (STR, Lorna’s, as Katie J noted). If you’re making them for a sensitive-footed person, I say go with something a bit softer…like maybe the one to the left of the Opal? :)

  5. anemotison 20 May 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I know you are knitting something simple, but seriously, I’d go with the STR, the fleece artist, or the Lorna’s (in order of color preference on my part) just because they are nice yarns and GREAT colors. Seriously. Jealous of your sock yarn stash, and I have about the same sock knitting record as you!

  6. Chrison 20 May 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Hee hee – really, you shouldn’t worry about having a lot of sock yarn… ;) If you want to knit plain socks, I’d say the Opal or the Trekking.

  7. Pixieon 21 May 2008 at 9:00 am

    Oh, it’s all fabulous. I say let Sylvia pick! She’ll pick the purple.

  8. Ginaon 21 May 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Well, I love the stuff in the upper-most left corner. It’s got enough variance in color to be visually interesting, yet not seizure inducing.

    I have a few more “idiot-proof” sock tutorials that I found free on the internet, if you’d like to check any of them out. One is by Stephanie Pearl McPhee. She totally demystifies knitting socks, in her matter-of-fact way. Next pair of socks I knit, I will be using her method.

  9. Deborahon 22 May 2008 at 8:46 am

    I’m probably late in this, but I would choose either the Lorna Laces, STR or Fleece Artist. I’ve worked with the first two and they are absolutely wonderful and would make a great simple sock. I also think you would want to work with a softer/nicer yarn for your first pair because you’ll fall in love with the yarn so much, you’ll want to keep on knitting socks! Hooray for you!

  10. Bethon 22 May 2008 at 8:08 pm

    I like the “Maizy”, I think that what it says on ball band. Why? Just because I like the colors, the look summery. However, I would like to feel the yarn.

  11. Paulaon 30 May 2008 at 10:26 am

    Amateur! You should see my sock yarn stash. I like the STR or Fleece Artist.