I love my wool socks! Even in the summer, even in Texas, if I was wearing shoes that needed socks, mostly I wore my wool socks. To me, they were cooler than nylon type socks and feel a lot better on my feet.
I’ve been knitting socks now for about 14 years. Some years I knit 10 or 12 pair, some years (like 2020), I don’t knit any socks. In the Texas house, I kept all my socks in a drawer type thing in a bathroom closet and I didn’t realize how many pairs I had til it took three drawers in my dresser in MO to hold them all. I’ve given away a lot of socks through the years too so not every pair I’ve made is here.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some of them with you as I pull them out to wear them.
Most of my socks are plain Jane stockinette, mindless knitting socks. I won’t remember what all the yarns are without looking it up, which I probably won’t do.
These are plain Jane socks. This yarn is one of the Opal varieties. Opal is a machine made, mass produced (vs. craftsy type dyer) yarn from Germany. Opal isn’t scratchy by any means but not as soft and luxurious feeling as some sock yarns. I’ve found that socks made from Opal yarns last forever! These socks were made in 2007. That’s 13 years ago and these are some that I wear a lot because I know they can handle the wear and tear.
This yarn can be machine washed. I don’t but Nicole does so a lot of Addie’s socks are made using Opal yarn. Simply Sock Yarn usually has a good selection of Opal yarns and that’s where I buy all the Opal yarns I have.
The pattern I used is Classic Socks for the Family, which is the pattern I’ve used for the majority of the socks I made, including my very first pair of socks. I’ve adapted it a bit, now do two at a time on circular needles but this is a great pattern and includes sizes for babies, children and adults, as well as for fingering, sport and worsted weights. Can’t do much better than that for $5.50.