While it is a poor worker that blames his tools (for poor performance)–Good workers deserve good tools.
good quality knitting tools make it easier to do good quality work.
Go for broke–as for the whole set of Knit Pick’s Harmony interchagable needles, --and the extra small sized that are not included…
ask for double of the small size, (med length)and for a few extra long (40 inch ones)
then you can knit your socks 2 on 2 (mediums) (sizes 0 or 1, or 2 or 3)
or 1 (or 2) magic loop–(again from size 0 to size 3)
Women (as a general rule) don’t invest in the best… but its worth it!
sock yarn comes in a range of prices… as little as $3 a skein (2 skiens need) to $15 a skein (2 skeins needed!)
the more expensive yarn is prettier…(a bit softer, but mostly just prettier.
some cheap sock yarn (lion brand (about $10 for enough for a pair) is splittee… but then so is some expensive yarn!
Patons krow is a bit splitty… (about $5/2 skeins required)
Coats & Clarks new Heart & Sole is about the same price (a bit less splitty)
Koigu is less splitty (and has beautiful colors-not that LB, paton and C &C don’t but hand painted yarn is far and way prettier…and about 3 times the price!)
Workmanship counts almost as much as materials… ( i make beautiful socks with LB, Paton and C&C yarns!)