sheepish--knitting blog

Friday, October 06, 2006

my first meme

noone tagged me or anything like that, i just decided to do it in honor of socktoberfest.

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
i made my first pair of socks about 2 years ago and i taught myself with the help of a basic sock pattern. i had tried several times before, as far back as 9 years ago on a flight to italy, but they didn't really work out.
What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
these are my first pair.
first socksthey fit just fine and have lasted pretty well. and i love them. i mostly wear them around the house or with slippers or to sleep in. they are made of lionbrand self-striping yarn. most of my socks are a little too thick for everyday wear. i don't know if that is yarn choice or needle size, but it is something i would like to fix. i always use sock weight yarn.

What would you have done differently?
probably nothing. they were a great beginner pair. i think it helps that i have an average size foot, because i didn't have to modify the pattern at all. that is something that still makes me nervous, which is why i haven't branched out much from a basic pattern. i am a pattern follower.
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
i find i am not really fussy when it comes to sock yarn (yet), but my opal socks have certainly gotten softer over time. my only completed socks with lorna's were a little of a disappointment as the yarn seemed overtwisted, but i have more and will be giving lorna's another try. i also have some knitpicks and vesper in ye olde stash. i would love to try some socks that rock, so i need to add that to the stash. and like a million others.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
i use 5" brittany birch double pointed needles but sometimes i have to use the longer clover bamboo ones. peepers (the bad kitty) ate a few of my brittanys as did the car on a recent road trip. i can't usually find them around here, so i need to place an order. (i didn't even know you could crochet socks)
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
this is where things get sort of embarassing. i have no idea what sort of heel i make. but i am guessing it's a flap. what i do is divide my stitches in half, then half go on one needle and the other half are divided again between 2 needles. the needle with more stitches becomes the heel and i work back and forth sl1, k1 across right side rows and s1 p across on wrong side rows. i do this 29-31 times. then i turn the heel, which is my very favorite part. then i pick up stitches one each side, which is my least favorite part.
How many pairs have you made?
i have made 7 pairs...all for me. i still don't think they are perfected enough to be gifts. 5 are a basic pattern, and a hedera and jaywalker. i would love to make some knee socks, but i would need some sort of pattern. remember? i am a pattern follower.
sock buttssock on!


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