- Socks like a tight gauge, at least in the foot area. Not board stiff, but tight enough to give them a fighting chance against abrasion, dirt, and the insides of shoes and boots. I thought I was knitting my socks plenty tight enough, but I was wrong, as witness the Great Sock Massacree of '09. Knit tighter, or at least with smaller needles.
- No matter how excited I am about having spun a bunch of yarn all by myself, I shouldn't rush off and knit a sock out of the first half of a hank before I've spun the second. For a couple of reasons: 1) I may knit up a sock with a shorter-than-I-would-like leg, because I think I don't have enough yarn, but then, surprise! I squeeze more yardage out of the other half of the fibre, and it turns out that I would have had enough, had I been just a bit more patient; and 2)if the yarn is all knit up into a sock, I can't look at it to figure out what gauge to spin the rest. Doh.
- In both knitting and spinning, patience is a virtue, and instant gratification usually means "you did that wrong." Stop, look, and listen, then proceed with caution.
However, in general I think I'm heading in the direction of "longer staple/three plies/higher twist," and some proportion of mohair and/or nylon with a base of about 75% wool. My preference, of course, would be mohair.
Any ideas, suggestions, etc. would be welcome.