I finally finished the Rib and Cable Socks in CTH Supersock Potluck Brights! They were great socks to knit, but they seemed to take a while. There was some pooling of the darkest red in the colorway, but I liked how the colors worked out. I do have one pattern
Now I need to finish Nancy's peacock socks; I'm on the knit even portion of the second foot. I can see the finish! I have an
Lolly, Creator and Moderator of Socktoberfest, posed some questions for paticipants (over 1400--a lot of people are knitting socks this month!) to answer. So here goes:
* 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 last Fall. In late Spring of 2004 I underwent some surgery that required substantial recuperation. My mom flew out to help me and M for the first two weeks. She brought along some sock yarn, dpns, and a basic sock pattern. She had never knit a sock either, but while I did some beading, she knit her first pair of socks. I saw the process first hand (turning the heel was like magic!), and I decided to try it myself. It took me awhile to get to it as I was doing a lot of beading, but a year ago I used the pattern Mom used, and the whole heel turn thing worked for me too!
* What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
My 1st pair were a K2 P2 rib with a st st foot. They were cuff down with a round heel and a grafted toe. The yarn was Brown Sheep Wildfoote in Ragtime. Late last Spring I got a hole in the cuff of one sock. I think I must have caught it on something. I can be hard on my handknits.
* What would you have done differently?
I would have used a smaller needle size. I used US 2, I think US 1 would have made a denser, more comfortable fabric.
* What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I have really enjoyed Cherry Tree Hill Supersock and Fleece Artist Merino. Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock is also really nice. I just received some Schaeffer Anne from SSYC. I can't wait to try it; it is so soft. I am also eager to try some Trekking XXL I've purchased. I have a significant sock yarn stash. I can't tell you how large my sock yarn stash is because my mother reads my blog.
* Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I use dpns. I don't understand what the Magic Loop method is, but I am curious to know, although I really like dpns.
* Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I prefer flaps. I've not tried a short row heel, but I've heard a lot of people say it doesn't fit that well. I don't like how manufactured socks fit, and they seem to have short row heels.
* How many pairs have you made?
10 pairs--Not enough! Must get back to knitting!
Tomorrow: buttons for the La Gran cardigan! They're really pretty.