wooly nylon

7 02 2009

hooray for the ability to schedule posts!!  this allows for more regular content and takes the pressure off.  it actually feels nice to be consistent with this thing.

ANYWAY…have you ever had a sock that wore thin in places?  i have.  and was i upset!  i barely even used the socks.  (sniff).  i think the problem was a combination of too loose a guage and super soft merino yarn.  the stuff is like crack but doesn’t wear like it’s nylon-blended counterparts.  (yes, i could knit in a tighter guage…and i do now!).  but there is also another solution.  wooly nylon.

wooly nylon is a a type of serger thread, i think.  you can buy it in craft stores like joann fabrics and the like.  it is relative inexpensive and comes in a multitude of colors.  i did a quick search on ravelry to see what people had to say about the stuff and i found that many sock knitters use it for their 100% merino sock yarn (the short staple and softness lend to its propensity to wear through more quickly).  it is a very thin and airy thread that you use as a carry along (or weave in) for added strength and durability. i heard that people knit it just into the soles with long floats – then cut out the floats and NOT weave in ends cuz they fuzz and stay in place!  i even read somewhere that people ply it into their handspun yarn for some elasticity!

090202_wooley nylon

wooley nylon still life
the purse was the most convenient back drop at the time.

now i chose this color for no particular reason.  i think i was going for neutral = will go with more yarns.  however, in the two applications that i have tried this particular color, i have been unhappy.  the first was with the knotty or knice socks.  i chose to attempt to weave it into the finished toe of one of the socks.  i found i hated this technique…too fiddly and i did not have the patience to reinforce every stitch.  plus, although it was hidden, i found it to be very ugly looking.

this time i chose to carry it along with my heel stitches.

090202_marled heel

it looks marled and messy!
see the little fuzz bug?

i’m not happy with the result…but i’m not UNhappy, either.  i just didn’t want a marled look.  hmm. if i get around to it and i like the end result, maybe i’ll buy more colors.  well, my ultimate goal was to extend the life of my socks (i LOVE the yarn and feel of the finished product, you see).  so we’ll see how that works out.  more details to come on this sock…

what have your exeriences been with wooly nylon?

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4 responses

7 02 2009
Lori

I’ve been using the colors for years in my socks without nylon. primarily Mountain Colors 4/8s. It works fine. And if you get a color that is close is pretty much invisible. I carry it along from the heel through the toe.

I never tried plying with it. There’s a thought.

9 02 2009
opal

interesting! i’ve never heard of people plying it with their handspun! i’ll have to check it out. :)

14 02 2009
Valerie in San Diego

I’ve mostly made socks with 100% wool or cotton/elastic, but I’ve bought a bunch that is 75% wool and 25% nylon and that’s probably ideal if you haven’t fallen in love with 100% merino sock yarn. Which of course I have. I haven’t tried this trick yet, but I’ve been thinking about it since my first couple pair of wool socks are wearing out. From your experience, I think I’d choose a color to match my yarn, but also I don’t think most people will be looking that closely at the heel ;-) So it only looks messy on the blog! not on the foot!

3 01 2011
new wip – socks for my dh « crankygrrrrrl

[...] yarns tend to wear rather quickly.  (don’t you think so too? in fact, i’m knitting in wooly nylon into toes and heels of that yarn since i’ve had so many sock [...]

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