Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Socktoberfest Questions

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 knitting socks last November - almost a year ago! I taught myself using a magazine and the knittinghelp.com video. Frankly, I learned to knit socks to "show up" a person at work. He is always making such a big deal about his fun fur scarves, I had to shut him down. How better than to make - what I thought was - the "most complicated knitted object ever"!

ps... it worked. Shut him up but good.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?

My first pair was a woolease sport weight ribbed cuff, top down, reinforced heel, rounded toe sock. I ave them to my Dad for Christmas. I don't know how they hae held up. My Mom says he never wants to wear them, as I made them, and he doesn't wantto ruin them. aww.

What would you have done differently?

Made them from fingering yarn. I think they are too heavy.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

hmm. KPM - drool. I used it for a pair of socks for my mom. CTH - so soft, so pretty. I could be biased, as I just had my newest pair on my feet hot off the blockers. i enjoy petting my Schaefer Anne everytime I open the basket, and I am sure I will enjoy kntting it. Actually, there is only one sock yarn I have HATED thus far - Silja. Blech.

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

I like DPN and ML. DOn't like 2 circs. Too many ends. I use ML the most, but not always.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

I like both! The short row fits my foot best, but flaps just look so cool.

How many pairs have you made?

um... 18? I think?
1. Dad's - woolease
2. dh's - regia
3. my regia
4. sara's - sockotta
5.carol's - sockotta
6. rebecca's - sockotta
7. denise's - sockotta
8. joy's - sockotta
9. leah's - sockotta
10. DH's SU socks - local handpaints
11. my Child's First Socks - KP essential
12. Mom's CFS - KPM
13. my Multiringel's
14. my Mystery Socks - Viv's Lacey Socks in Wildfoote
15. Nate's Birthday socks - sockotta
16. Mystery Socks #2 - smocked socks - Gedifra Fashion Trend
17. Socktoberfest -CTH Elfine socks
18. My Ripple socks in Fable - I forgot these earlier. They should be around #5
*19. Socktoberfest RPM's in regia - in progress
I feel as though I am forgetting a few pairs.

When I finish the pair OTN, I will have 18 pairs this year, and counting. maybe my goal should be 24? 2 a month? Maybe. I'd have to do two pairs of anklets to make that happen I think. we'll see.

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