I am an invader. My apologies, and I will try not to be a nuisance. First of all, I am neither male nor am I a great knitter. I do knit but am still early days, and I have no experience with socks. However, I am a spinner. I came to your forum because I was doing a search about characteristics of sock yarn, wanting to know what people thought was desirable in fiber content, etc. There were some good comments I saw from men who obviously have real experience in what makes a durable and comfortable sock.
In general, I have interests in making really functional yarn as well as something that looks cool. My partner and I are very interested in supporting our local shepherds who are raising healthy sheep with high quality wool. With respect to socks, although one sees a lot of "sock yarn" that is merino plus nylon (which would be soft), others suggest the use of much more durable wools such as a longwool like Romney, Perendale, or Border Leicester or a down wool like Cheviot. I have also seen articles suggesting the use of mohair for strength. Yes, again apologies if the jargon is of no interest. However, it seems like a huge waste of effort if the sock is not durable and comfortable. Hence, my question.
I would certainly be interested in any general comments regarding handspun, have seen a few posts from those of you who do spin. Specifics from guys who knit a lot of socks would be great. And, since I am really a kind of outsider who appreciated being allowed to post on this forum, I will try not to be overly intrusive. Thanks for the opportunity to ask the question.