Sockoberfest is under way!!!
When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I learned in a 2 part guild meeting in Fall '05. The VP in the guild is a fantastic knitter and took the time to teach a bunch of us.
•What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
My 1st completed pair was on worsted weight (Malabrigo to be more exact!) I made these in late Spring this year and they are WARM! I finished them in a couple days. I've worn them only once (to work, with my big combat boots), and I did notice that they seem to be felting on the bottom...I think I must have some MAJOR sweat going on down there!
• What would you have done differently?
I loved the worsted weight pattern (It was a Knitting Pure and Simple pattern), and as much as I love Malabrigo, the nect time I make them, it'll definitely be a different yarn so they are more comfortable (sweat wise!)
• What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I really haven't worked with too many yarns, but I have quite a bit of sock yarn stash. In the few socks I do have either one pair completed or on the needles, I like Opal and Lisa Souza's quite a bit!
•Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I started with DPNs, and I did like it, except for the ladders. Then my KH friend told me a great tip with DPNs (knitting the first two stitches of the next needle with the needle you just worked...then starting with the new empty needle). I bought the Cat Bordhi 2 circs book and a little Magic Loop book, and now I have 2 different socks on 2 different 2 circs. Heehee. I've never tried to crochet socks!
•Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I think I've only done a short-row...I don't know enough about socks to know what any other heels are called!
•How many pairs have you made?
One pair, one without a partner, and 3 on the needles. Oh my.
For some reason, not all my pictures will not post in here, so I'll have to use another post :(