Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Socktoberfest Questionnaire

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 a bit over a year ago. My mum had knitted socks but she used DK yarn and I didn't like the chunkiness for everyday wear. Then I found a cute ankle sock pattern at The Blue Blog and it inspired me!

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
My first pair were Alison's ankle socks and I knitted them with Opal Lollipop yarn which had just appeared in Australia at the time. They are as good as new but I haven't worn them a great deal as I'm not over-fussed about the colour. I have later pairs which I like much better.

What would you have done differently?
I would have put more ribbing on, there are only four rows and it's not really enough.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I really love the superwash wool from Live 2 Knit, it is lovely to knit with and wear but it felts a lot. Lorna's Laces is my favourite at the moment but I've only knitted one pair with it.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I always use two circulars. Mum taught me this method which I first used to knit hats before I discovered socks.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I've never done a heel flap, I don't really like the way they look. I prefer toe-up socks and I have small feet so short rows fit me well. I know I'll have to bite the bullet if I have to knit for someone with a high instep though.

How many pairs have you made?
About 7-8 pairs for myself, 2 pairs for my sister-in-law, 1 pair for a swap and countless baby socks.


At 6:08 pm, Blogger Auntie Noo said...

Just got your message re stash job - YAY wouldn't that be so exciting - I haven't been there yet (OH promises me a visit when i have some pennies!) but seen their website and it looks like they have great . . . . errr. . . . stash!!!!

At 1:11 am, Anonymous amanda cathleen said...

great sock history! : )

At 5:51 pm, Blogger Michelle said...

Hi Diane
Tried to call today, we'll try you again in the morning as I left your email address in the shop.
Michelle (Stash)

At 12:12 am, Blogger Katie said...

I didn't realise the yarn felted - bugger!
I have made a couple of pairs of socks from it myself but must admit they haven't had much wear as yet.

At 12:31 am, Blogger Katie said...

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At 1:01 am, Blogger Katie said...

Sorry for the multiple comments, blogger isn't playing nice today


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