Week One (Socktoberfest)

Questions from Lolly’s blog:

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I started making socks at the beginning of this year because I was introduced into the blogosphere and thought, “Socks! How wonderful!” I taught myself with some nice, soft acrylic, and some flashy, pink/brown/blue/purple yarn from Cloverhill. They’re funny. I call them my Candy socks, and I can’t wait until it gets cold enough that I can wear them.

What was your first pair? How have they “held up” over time?
They’re not too old, but they’re a little stretched out already, and a little fuzzed. They shrink back to size when I wash them, though.

What would you have done differently?
The ankle. I did a waffle-type pattern, and I should have just started ribbing. I’m not really a fan.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
Koigu. I’m in love. Purr.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I knit the first pair on 2 circulars and then switched to DPNs, and the next three pairs on DPNs. I started the second sock of the third pair before I finished the first one, but I was afraid they’d end up being different lengths if I didn’t divide the yarn. They turned out perfectly.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
Flap. It fits better. But the short row works for the sock I just made, which is cotton/elastic, and needs to be stretchy. It’s great. But I find I like the flap better, and I like picking up the stitches. ^_^

How many pairs have you made?
Four and a half, when I finish the sock I’m doing now (which is almost done). I’m finishing it for my class, and then I’ll have to make another one later in October. I’m also planning a sixth pair, but that’s the sneaky pair.



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