I'm becoming more and more convinced that Knitpicks Dancing and Patons Stretch Socks are the same exact yarn, except for the colors. The fiber content is the same, and it definitely feels the same. I wonder if the Patons yarn pools....but it's too late to start wishing for pooling now!
I've been reading about socks, too, and found a neat book to share with you.
When I first stared knitting, I made myself a pair of socks on straight needles. They were a disaster. In her introduction to Knit Your Socks on Straight: A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles, Alice Curtis says that she tried several patterns for easy to knit socks on two needles and "The results were nothing I would ever want to wear! They neither looked nor felt good." It makes me wonder if we tried the same pattern.
When I got the chance to review her new book, I was intrigued. I love sock knitting books and have a huge collection of them. But socks on two needles? Nice socks on two needles? I was skeptical.
Alice set out to create two needle socks for her students who were determined not to use dpns -- and boy, did she succeed! The one thing I don't like about writing reviews from digital copies is the inability to share pictures -- check out the book's Ravelry page to see what she accomplished. It's way more than I ever would have thought you could do with straight needles (at least as far as socks are concerned.) There are socks in a variety of sizes and styles, and using different weights of yarn.
I'd be tempted to try a pair myself, but I can't quite convince myself to do that much purling. Not when my own fear of dpns is so long gone. For knitters who still don't want to use them, and don't mind seaming, I think this book would be a goldmine. And also for more experienced knitters who want an interesting challenge.
For more fun knitting projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times and Work in Progress Wednesdays at Tami's Amis.