Handspun socks

Remember these and these socks? Now that I’ve worn them a few times, I have to say that I love, Love, LOVE them. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get the gumption up to knit socks from my own handspun.

There is one thing that I’ve noticed. The Black Bunny Hop ranged between 10-12 wpi according to my spinner’s control card, and was knitted using US 1 (2.5mm). The Spunky Eclectic averaged 12 wpi, and was knit using US 0 (2.0mm).

Wait! 2.0mm needles? What’s going on here? I normally use these needles for socks knit with Koigu. Koigu comes in at 16 wpi. Much finer than my handspun. A quick look through my leftover sock yarn stash…

  • Koigu: 12 wpi; typically use 2.0mm needles
  • Trekking XXL: 20 wpi; current socks using 2.0mm
  • Bright Anklets: 18 wpi; don’t remember, but likely 2.5mm
  • Black Bunny socks: 12 wpi; 2.5mm — the fabric is a little sleazy, and I could have gone down to 2.0mm
  • Spunky Eclectic socks: 12 wpi; 2.0mm

So, why am I all over the place on the size of needles that I’m using for my socks?

I’ll write about my theories tomorrow. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your theories.