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I hoped that some of you experienced sock knitters could tell me if there is any decent alternative to wool for knitting socks.

I am vegetarian, and have been using other fibers for my knitting, but it seems that acrylic yarn would make for very stinky feet, and cotton just doesn't have much give.

What about yarns like bamboo, hemp, banana fiber...?? Has anyone tried any of these? I have yet to knit with them, so don't know how they would be for socks.

Any ideas appreciated! I am currently knitting some toddler socks with some cheap-o acrylic yarn just to get the hang of it!

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yes, there are...I'm trying to track them down for you. Here's an article that might interest you. http://knittingcrochet.suite101.com/.../veganknitting

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also...http://knitty.com/blog/

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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=ase_knitty-20

still researching the sock yarn for you.

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I just bought some soy yarn but I can't remember if it has wool with it or not. I have not used it yet but I plan to make socks with it. I have also made socks with hemp yarn and they were a little stiff at first but that could be because I knit tight. I also have a n organic cotton that I have. As you can see I am a yarn junky I have noticed that yarn stores are carrying more organic, non wool yarns I have even seen recycled yarns which are beautiful. Anyway I hope this has helped.
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here's one... http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=814
this is ridiculous. I was sure there was another 1 or 2 kinds...

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ha! here's a pertinent blog entry. I guess, like she says, that fortissima I posted is pretty well the extend of it. When I get better at spinning finer yarns, I will have to make some for you.

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one other thought...you might try digging through the baby yarns at your lys. they're not sock yarns, but you can get some finer sport-weight cotton, bamboo, and hemp blends that would make nice socks. not as fine or specialized as sock yarns, but it would still make a nice sock.
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you could also use size 3 crochet thread (the smaller number indicates thicker thread), like DMC's Senso or Baroque. I've used the Senso to crochet baby socks, and now that I think of it, it is about the same weight as the sock yarn I'm using now. It would probably knit up on 0's or 1's. I'm really glad I thought of that! You won't have the color selection, but you can just pop over to Hobby Lobby or Joann's or wherever to find some thicker cotton crochet thread.

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Cascade Fixation is 98.3% cotton , 1.7% elastic.
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I like using Classic Elite Star yarn for socks - it's cotton/lycra. It's a neat "bumpy" yarn, so you won't get smooth socks, but they're nice and cushy and stretchy!
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Wow, thanks for the responses to all! And thanks for all your detective work, Lila. I've never seen the blog on knitty, I bookmarked it! I've seen the book that she wrote, but it's nice to see her blog.

We are going on a road trip to MN in a couple weeks, and I'm going to visit Depth of Field Yarns, and apparently they carry Cascade Fixation, so I think I will hold off on buying online and check that out! Thank you for that recommendation. In the meantime I may just buy some crochet thread and make more toddler socks.

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I'm allergic to wool myself so I'm always on the hunt for inexpensive non-wool sock yarn. I've never knitted a sock but I'm keen to try, but I don't want to spend a small fortune as an experiment, you know?

So far all I've ever come up with on searching is the Cascade Fixation and the Bernat Sox, neither of which I've found locally and so far I haven't felt like paying online shipping charges. Bummer.

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