My husband's uncle who is now in his eighties suffers from eternally cold feet. He's a quiet, grumpy old Irish man who set in his ways. I'd love to knit him a pair of extra warm socks to keep his feet warm at night and while he's around the house. I was thinking of using a cashmere/wool blend. Now, I can't be too fancy with these socks. Anyone have any ideas of a good yarn and a good pattern I can use to knit up some size US 11 socks?
Any help is much appreciated!
Alpaca is actually warmer than wool. The KP lace weight alpaca (Alpaca Cloud) might be good for a light weight sock, that would be warm, but not too heavy.
OH my, Yes!! don't want to use it if it causes discomfort of any kind!! (Is that the case for you? So sad if it is! =( )
I'm so sorry!! Alpaca is one of my faves to work with. So much so that it's a standard fiber for me to process and sell in the Artfire, too. Is it possible the irritation is coming from something new in the cleaning process?? Maybe some hand processed wouldn't cause you any problems?
Glad you have the wool!!
I am now the proud owner of a lot of AB's alpaca stash.
I'd just go with a sturdy boot sock and wool. Cashmere is to fru-fru for a good old warm sock. Also if you get a good wool from knitpicks you can tell him to throw the socks in the dryer for a few minutes in the morning before he puts them on and they'll toast his feet right up.
one more thing to keep in mind especially for a man and one that may be set in his ways is easy care. most men would not be amused to have to handwash or lay things flat to dry. they want something that can be thrown in the washer and dryer. especially something like socks that need to be laundered frequently.
I like your point Virginia, but is it possible to achieve enough warmth with machine washable wool? I don't just want warm socks. If he likes the socks I knit him and they're actually keeping him warm, I might be willing to make him a few week's worth of socks and come round to 'take care' of them for him.
Thinking of using alpaca cloud as someone suggested...