So I’m going to be making my uncle a pair of hunting socks. He described exactly what he wants, he said “back in the day” every hunter wore them. Basically thick, high grey wool socks with a red cuff that folds over the top of the hunting boot. He asked me to make him some because he can no longer find them for sale anywhere. My uncle is someone who LOVES old fashioned, he groans and mumbles about new fangled things (like hunting gear). He tells me the old hunting socks were 100% wool.
Now, reading about socks it seems that it’s not generally recommended to use 100% wool, you’ll wear holes in them. However if the socks don’t feel like whatever his good ol’ hunting socks felt like I think he’ll be disappointed. Trying to find worsted weight wool with nylon yarn is also difficult as most sock yarns are lighter. So is he doomed to have holes in his socks of I use 100% wool? I’ve read something about knitting with nylon thread alongside the yarn, has anyone done this with success? I would worry the thread wouldn’t have the same stretch as the yarn, making the sock too tight.