Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Here's something to do

Lolly's quiz for Socktoberfest.

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class? Kirsten taught me the basics of Magic Loop and sock knitting during July 2005. I'd attempted one sock before that, but didn't feel the love.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time? A pair in LL's shepherd sport "Vera". The pattern was PGR's Dream Socks pattern. Yes, you read that correctly - I knitted a short-row heel on my first pair of socks. After that I put socks away for a while, and turned my first heel flap heel on a pair of Jaywalkers - that I never finished. They have held up well, but honestly I haven't worn them a lot. They are heavy!

What would you have done differently? Nothing, it was fun!

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed? My favorite sock yarn to knit with, wear, and look at is hands-down All Things Heather sock yarn. She is an absolute genius with color - it has so much depth and dimension. The yarn is slinky and slightly slippery and feels fantastic to knit as well as wear. Vesper sock yarn is a very, very close second. I love the way Julia combines colors, and the socks feel great on my feet. Other top favorites include Mama-E's sock yarn (thick and cushy, beautiful colors!), Sundara (ditto!) and of course Koigu. You won't go wrong with a skein or six of any of these.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method? Magic Loop

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?) My favorite heel is a toe-up short-rowed heel that has a gusset but no heel flap. I wear my socks around the house or with clogs so I don't need the flap. The heel is easy, fast, and looks fantastic.

How many pairs have you made?15 or 16, I think.


Anonymous ~kirsten~ said...

Ooo! A form to fill out! Yay! I love forms! And exclamation points!

11:11 AM  

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