As many, many, many, many knitters are aware the month of October brings us to Socktoberfest over at Lolly's blog. October is all about socks - but then what month isn't...
She posed some questions last week regarding sock knitting history, and I am only getting around to posting my answers now. Yeah, I'm a day late and a dollar short I know...LOL!
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 in January of this year (2006). I had been wanting to learn to knit socks for awhile now, but was scared to - they looked so hard! I bought some sock yarn and used the pattern on the wrapper. I also used a couple of online sources for the whole kitchener stitch experience.
What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
These are my first socks, over to the right. I love the colours, especially the purple. They've held up not too shabbily, though to be honest I've only worn them a couple of times. You see, the first one of the pair was knit inside out! Yeah, common mistake I was told. Anyway, when I turned it right side out and put it on (the tutorial I was using said to continue knitting it inside out and then turn when finished), the seems showed - enough so that it was extremely noticeable (even though inside out the seems would have been fine). Also, somehow on the heel flap, at the beginning, I messed up and it ended up with the first row purled. However, I have worn them in sneakers a couple of times and if I showed them to anyone, I made sure to show them the one that was fine - the second of the pair).
What would you have done differently? Well, I would not knit a sock inside out and expect it to look fine. It doesn't. I would have also used a smaller needle (these were done on the 3.0mm stated in the pattern).
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed? Well, I have only used Patons Kroy, which I liked; Bernat Sox, which was also nice to work with; and Knit Picks Memories (to be honest, I only have one sock completed with that so far), which I also like.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method? I have never crocheted socks. I don't think I would like to either, because I like to knit them, and I also like the look of the knitted sock. I use DPNs, but would like to try the two socks on two circulars as I have a DVD for it and would like to try that sometime soon. I've never tried the Magic Loop method.
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?) I have never done a short row heel, but I do enjoy making the heel flap. Some time I might have to try the short rows though.
How many pairs have you made? Since I learned this past January, I have made 11 1/2 pairs of socks - not all for me either.