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hand knit socks

I love knitting socks and now that I'm a derby girl I wont to knit myself some cool knee socks to skate in. With skating atleast twice a week will hand knit socks be able to hold up? Would it be worth the yarn or sould I just dig out some tubesocks and go sharpie crazy.

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pixiecrinkle
Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
The sole reason I haven't tried to do this yet is that my feet are so incredibly picky about having the proper sock weight. And athletic socks tend to be made out of fiber blends and weights of yarn that are unavailable (to my knowledge) as knitting yarns, or just impractical for hand-knitting.

I think I'd go the route of legwarmers instead unfortunately.
angelpix
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
I knit up some rocking knee high spiral boot socks this summer and wore a hole in toe just wearing them to work and nearly cried.

I can't imagine how fast I would tear through hand knit socks if I was practicing in them.

I save my special hand made derby socks for after parties and promo events now.

If you do end up making derby socks, I'm discovering that the more nylon in the blend, the stronger, maybe even reinforcing the heels and toes with nylon thread. Also avoiding 100% merino superwash, while it's soft and washable, it's not durable at all.

Maybe putting in an afterthought heel too so you could replace it easily if it wears thin.

Good luck!
Sister Shotgun
North Star Roller Girls
Minneapolis MN
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