it really is about time for me to write something about how I do celebrate Socktoberfest
asked to share our personal sockhistory, so here comes mine:
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 in 1995, because I saw wonderful handknitted socks in a magazine. I bought a set of DPNs, sockyarn in black and white and had a lot of fun. The heel was the most critical point, because I did not understand the description of how to do the heel
. So for the next pair I asked my mother (experienced sockknitter) for advice.
What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
is a picture of my first pair. I loved them a lot and they still are in my drawer, though I do not wear them anymore. The yarn, especially sole, toe and heel got too thin.
What would you have done differently?
For the first pair of socks they were quite ok. Unexperienced as I was at that time I did my best
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
To knit my first Opal Sockyarn had been a real pleasure.
I do like to experiment and there still are so many qualities of yarn to discover.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I prefer DPNs, but knitting socks on circs or Magic Loop is on my list to try one day. To crochet socks sounds interesting, but I do not like to crochet very much...
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I do prefer the flap, but I do knit short-row heels from time to time. Depends on the pattern and the yarn I use.
How many pairs have you made?
Puuh, let me guess: 300? 400?
Last year I counted: 111 pairs
I have been thinking a lot about my own personal challenge for Socktoberfest. Learning a new technique? Or to give Pomatomus another try? First of all my singles should get partners:
from left to right:
Socks that Rock, Fred Flintstone - socks for me
Regia 6ply, Country Colour
Opal Rainforest "Blue Frog"
Lana Grossa Meilenweit Fun
Lana Grossa Tweed
Four of those singles will have their partner soon. To avoid Second-Sock-Syndrome, I cast on the second sock as soon as the first one has jumped off the needles.
The one sock to the right, the Lana Grossa Tweed, is my oldest single, and I haven`t made up my mind yet about knitting the second sock or not. Have a look:
What do you think? Should I knit the second sock?