I've since knit about 1¼" of the ribbed cuff, and am trying to decide how much more ribbing I want before I switch to stockinette for the rest of the leg. Anyone have any opinions as to the length of cuff ribbing? I'm thinking I might stop at about 1½", but wouldn't mind continuing on until 2", if there's any advantage to that.
Here's a peek at my progress:
You may recall that in preparation for my first sock lesson, I was on a quest for a nice sock yarn to use, and was curious as to what were some favorite yarns of the experienced sock knitters out there. I emailed a few sock knitters I knew, and also posted a question out on the Sock Knitters forum, and from that hit the mother-load of great sock yarn recommendations. I finally compiled all of that information into an Excel spreadsheet and am pasting an abbreviated list here, for your edification. If anyone would like a copy of the spreadsheet, email me at maryklarson [AT] comcast [DOT] net, and you'll get a two-tabbed workbook, the second tab containing a third column with everyone's (anonymous) comments about their particular favorite yarns.
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After researching a lot of these suggestions, it occurred to me that I wished I had asked for recommendations for non-wool sock yarns, as I am hot-natured and don't wear socks all that often, so want them to be cool when I do wear them. Amy at Knitty, known for her lack of fondness for wool, offered a couple of helpful suggestions, but I wanted more. Not to worry -- the venerable Grumperina (Kathy) has also been seeking such information, and has started to compile a decent list of non-woolly sock yarns, to which she'll be editing continually, as appropriate. Thanks for that effort, Kathy -- much appreciated here! I'll be returning to that list often.
It's been fun immersing myself into this unique sub-genre of sock knitting. I hope I still feel this way when I start turning my first heel!