8/3/2009 12:27:47 PM
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In response to your post from the "Still Holding Strong" discussion (7/30/2009)...

Have you used Filatura Di Crosa Zara for socks? How does it hold up over time? Just wondering since there is no nylon content. I`ve never made DK weight socks (or worsted for that matter); I`ve only knit fingerling weight socks. If I were to do it all over again, I`d learn using worsted weight and then work down to fingerling weight.

I did an informal inventory of my sock stash about a month ago. My fingerling weight sock stash grew astronomically since I started knitting socks this year. Dare I say how many pairs of socks I can make? Just a few cough151cough pairs. I think I can hold off on buying any more fingerling weight sock yarn. Now, DK weight sock yarn is a totally different animal...


-Marie
http://smariek.blogspot.com
8/3/2009 5:50:06 PM
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Thank God that Someone, somewhere, has a little more sock yarn than I do.

I stopped counting at the equivalent of 100 skeins, or 50 pair of socks. Stopped. Counting.

I do not want to make myself a terrorist target - "corrupt, dissolute Americans with sock yarn stockpiles..."

I have never used Zara, but I have seen socks knitted from unspun roving and they held up fine - key is to knit TIGHTLY - as in, can`t see any little holes when you put flashlight inside.

Seriously.

T
8/3/2009 7:04:45 PM
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While it is true you can make socks from almost any yarn, I would not recommend Zara. First of all it is very softly spun. And second it is going to make a thicker sock. You probably would not be able to wear them inside your shoes. Unless you buy a pair of shoes larger then normal. DK and Worsted weight socks are more in the slipper mode. Unless you live in the frozen north and wear them inside boots. I have knitted worsted weight socks for afghans for Afghans. I knit those on 2.75mm needles so the gauge is firm to make up for the yarn not being tightly spun.
I have knit sports weight socks, 6ply Opal and Regia. They are thicker too, but not as thick as DK. But since this yarn is tightly spun and contains nylon they have survived being walked around the house as slippers.
I know you just can`t resist the colors Zara comes in. But think hats or scarfs or shawls. Cause it is a nice yarn.
Suzann
ps I am going to sneak into your house some night and grab those 2.75mm needles. They are too big for fingering weight yarn. Unless you have the death grip to end all death grips. :-)
You should bet getting about 8 stitches per inch with fingering weight.
8/4/2009 10:14:59 AM
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"corrupt, dissolute Americans with sock yarn stockpiles..." HAHA, you`re too funny. I think I`ll have to stop counting too!

I haven`t made anything with Zara before. I did swatch with it when designing the Osiris Scarf (http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/09/osiris.html), but decided not to use Zara for it because I didn`t want the scarf to be over 12 inches wide. That`s why I switched to Elann Baby Cashmere, but this yarn doesn`t have enough "body" for cables. I remember the Zara being pretty soft when I worked with it.

I`m still working on knitting socks tightly. I still remember Suzann telling me I need to knit at 8 sts per inch or tighter. Another thing I need to work on is keeping tension in the leg section. I tend to start tight at the toe, and loosen up as I work my way towards the cuff.


-Marie
http://smariek.blogspot.com
8/4/2009 10:15:41 AM
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I find that my fingerling weight socks are still a bit too thick to wear with my usual pairs of shoes. I think everyone who wears hand knit socks with shoes must have a separate collection of Mary Jane style shoes in a 1/2 or whole size up from their regular shoe size. I`ve been wearing my hand knit socks around the house with slippers. I have one pair of flat shoes which are large on me, and I`ve been using them to photograph my socks (See http://smariek.blogspot.com/2009/03/shoe-shots.html)." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://smariek.blogspot.com/2009/03/shoe-shots.html). Unfortunately I can`t wear these shoes out unless I want my pant hem to drag. My pants are longish and require shoes with a medium/high heel. Yeah, I`ve got clothing/shoe issues.

I can`t believe you knit worsted weight socks on 2.75 mm needles! I guess you must cringe over the thought of pairing 2.75 mm needles with fingerling weight sock yarn.

I`m finding my comfort zone right now is the 2.50 mm needles. I think I need a couple years to transition down to the 0000000000000000000 size needles y`all use.

-Marie
http://smariek.blogspot.com
8/4/2009 12:14:13 PM
CatBookMom
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Knitting socks with 2.75mm needles? Really? I can sometimes manage US1 (2.25mm), but mostly I need US0 (2.0mm). And then I have to concentrate or my gauge gets sloppy. I did buy some US00, but there seems to be a point below which my knitting can`t get tighter. I don`t want to think about having to `English` knitting, though I do think I knitted more tightly that way.
8/4/2009 12:15:03 PM
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I meant to write `go back to `English` knitting`. Y`all knew that, right?
8/4/2009 6:44:17 PM
suzann
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It isn`t so much the needle size as the gauge you get with any needle. I know people who knit so tight they get 8 spi with size 3.
Overall I think it is futile to try to knit looser or tighter. Someplace along the line you just relax back to your normal knitting. It is better to just go up or down a needle size. Although I sometimes wish there was a needle size between 2.25 and 2.50. With some yarns 2.25 is a bit too firm while the 2.50 is a bit to loose. gah. I have been known to bin troublesome yarn :-}
The worsted was Highland Wool with seems to knit up as DK for me. Remember these kids have open toe plastic shoes. The socks need to be really dense. For a thicker worsted I use size 4 and slip stitch the sole and toes. For a bit of extra warmth and wear.
No I don`t cringe. They are your socks. And they look really pretty.
Unless you are going to knit socks with lace weight I think you can leave the 0000000s alone. I knit one of those Wee Tiny Socks on 00 needles, and it was soooo tedious. Never do that again.
I wear my socks or bring them with me when I buy shoes. But before my surgery all I wore was clogs. So it wasn`t a problem. Now I have to wear ugly walking shoes. I hate lace up shoes. But I wore a pair of socks when I got them, so the socks fit fine inside. I never thought of wearing wool socks in the summer. But they work out really well. They are more cushiony then the store socks. Which helps with the sore foot. And they worked out beautifully when I had to wear the nasty foot boot. They didn`t cut into my leg like the tube socks did.
suzann
8/5/2009 11:45:21 AM
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How is your knee/foot doing these days?

I haven`t worn my wool socks this summer, it gets quite hot over here on some days (high 90s). I need to look into cotton or cotton blend sock yarn.

-Marie
http://smariek.blogspot.com
8/5/2009 11:45:44 AM
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I seem to be ok with 2.75 mm and 2.50 mm. I can`t explain why that 0.25 mm difference when going down to 2.25 mm causes me trouble. This is the reason why I haven`t been motivated to finish the 2nd red sock The finished 1st sock can be seen here: http://smariek.blogspot.com/2009/04/mineraloid-gel.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://smariek.blogspot.com/2009/04/mineraloid-gel.html

I have 2.0 mm in my KP DPN set. Haven`t worked down to trying them out yet.

Where do you go to get sizes smaller than 2.0 mm?
Do you use metal, bamboo, wood, or ...?


Marie
http://smariek.blogspot.com
8/5/2009 3:16:18 PM
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Smaller than a zero I have aluminum and steel I have to say the aluminum sort of bite. They bend pretty easily I prefer the steel. I have Hiya-Hiya, Lacis, Inox, and a bunch I am not sure of and they all work.

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