It's time to knit golf socks again and I'm just curious--what are your favorite lightweight cotton sock yarns? Or other summer-type yarns for that matter. For instance, are the new bamboo, corn, etc yarns suitable for summer socks?
If you can tolerate some wool mixed with cotton, my favorites are Knitpicks Risata and Meilenweit's Cotton Stretch. They have a bit of elastic and are easy to knit. I tried Panda Cotton and found it splitty and too thick for me. It also wasn't very stretchy despite the added elastic. However, I intend to try Kertzer On your Toes Bamboo (available from Herrschners). The bamboo is supposed to be cooler. I just finished a pair with Kraemer's Saucon, a cotton acrylic mix. The socks are soft but the yarn felt a bit stringy and inelastic while knitting. If you don't mind thick socks, Cascade Fixation and Elann's Esprit are cotton and very stretchy.
The only lightweight cotton yarn I have used is Elann's Esprit. It is a lovely stretchy yarn, but I think it would make very uncomfortable socks. Not only thick, but the texture would make my feet hurt, I'm sure.
I've been using Sockotta, which is a cotton/woo/nylon blend, so a bit of wool doesn't bother me. I like the idea of a yarn with a bit stretch. I've taken to knitting my own golf socks, because regular socks shift and I get creases which end up causing blisters. I want a tight-fitting sock that stays PUT! I don't want them too thick for summer, but the heavier yarns might make good winter socks for me.
I just started a sock with TOFUtsies. It is 50% wool but has silk, cotton, and chitin - fiber from shrimp and crab shells! It's supposed to be antibacterial and so far seems like a nice comfortable yarn.
I've seen TOFUtsie in catalogs, but haven't found it locally yet. I've always been intrigued by the shellfish content!
I love the Socketta, and the tofutsie. I am working on brown sheep wool company's cotton for dh golf/sneaker socks (he doesn't golf!). It is seconds, but other than a bit of streaking, which I like. I am not having any problems with splitting or anything.