Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sock It To Me!!

Sock yarn. We LOVE sock yarn! We've devoted entire sections of our shops to sock yarn. And it seems we're not the only ones who love it. A quick search of the web turned up over 700 manufacturers of sock yarn. That's a LOT of socks, friends.

"But what if I don't want to knit socks?!"

We've got news for you: Sock yarn isn't just for socks!

Of course you can knit socks with it, but that's only the beginning. Sock yarns are simply fingering weight or sport weight yarns. Finer yarns are becoming more popular all the time, primarily due to their great draping qualities.

One tip to remember is that when you are knitting something other than a sock, consider using a larger needle size than you would use for socks, in order to get some drape for your fabric. Yes, there might be more stitches to make, but many of the finer yarns will have more yardage in the ball or skein, so you may wind up spending less than knitting with a heavier yarn.

Sock yarn is also a terrific way to add color to children's clothes. And if you choose a sock yarn with a little bit of nylon in it, it will help with durability.

If you ARE a sock knitter, and you've wondered what to do with leftover sock yarn, we have found TONS of creative ideas for your scraps:

*Afghan squares
*Market bags
*Fingerless mitts
*Coin purses
*One VERY patient person even used it to make I-cord shoelaces!

The possibilities are endless! If you are interested in any of the projects pictured here (all knit by our expert staff!), or if you'd like more non-sock ideas for your sock yarn, drop by the shop - we're ALWAYS happy to help you!