So, an addendum to the Sock Yarn post, brought about by a discussion with Jim (the world’s greatest husband) about his favorite sock yarn, Malabrigo Sock:
Malabrigo Sock is certainly luscious and beautiful and silky and soft and is a perfect sock yarn EXCEPT – it has no reinforcing fiber. It’s 100% merino with no added nylon or silk. Having said that, it has almost all the other qualities of a good sock yarn. It has multiple plies and is smoothly and firmly twisted. Go ahead and use it, but be aware that it may develop holes faster than some other sock yarns. You can mitigate the consequences by adding a strand of wooly nylon or sock reinforcing thread, especially in the wear-prone areas of the sock.
I’ll address Noro sock yarn another day…
I forgot to mention this the other day, but it’s an issue that comes up frequently at the yarn shop.
Sock needles will almost always end up curved a bit. Most wooden, bamboo, and metal needles (and other natural materials) will, with the pressure, moisture, and warmth from your hands, curve a bit. This is absolutely fine and nothing to worry about. It just means they’ve become “real,” sort of like the Velveteen Rabbit.
Certain materials won’t bend much (if at all): Carbon fiber needles (like those ProgrammerAtArms mentioned in his comment yesteray), laminated hardwood needles, and glass needles are unlikely to ever curve at all. That’s because they are made from bend-resistant materials, not because they’re better.
I, personally, LOVE a really curved DPN. It feels personal and loved!
I’ve been doing pretty well with the daily posting and have really been enjoying it, but today (er I mean yesterday – it’s after midnight) was super busy and I just got overwhelmed. So… No post right now, but I will do the sock swatching post tomorrow, um I mean later today. After I sleep.