Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Socktober Questions

Lolly has posted some questions on her blog in celebration of Socktober. Here are my answers:

When did you start making socks?
I knit my very first pair in May 2005

Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I taught myself from Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
My first pair was knit with KnitPicks Simple Stripes in Snapdragon using the Ann Budd book. They have held up very well actually. No pilling or holes!

What would you have done differently?
Absolutely nothing.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I love love love Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock, Sunshine Yarns, and Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I always knit them using DPNs. I prefer the KnitPicks double points or most types of bamboo. The pointier the needle the better!

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I really prefer a heel flap. It just seems to fit better. I love the Eye of Partridge heel.

How many pairs have you made?
I've made 24 pairs so far. Socks are by far my favorite knit project!

Here's a picture of my first socks:


Liz said...

Hey Alyssa, thank you for posting that, I signed up for Socktoberfest because I figured it would force me to knit a pair of socks (and not unravel them this time!) Your posts always give me hope that one day I will be a better knitter, maybe even as good as you! I will see you at Group tomorrow!

Brenda said...

I got here through your comment on Lolly's page. I agree wholeheartedly on the dpns, heel flap and Eye of Partridge heel. I haven't used Blue Moon Fibers Socks that Rock, but since we seem to have other socky things in common, I better go get some. I also answered Lolly's questions on my blog.

Ginger said...

I enjoyed reading your socks history and agree about the Eye of Partridge heel, love it. Some people think it's too fiddley, but I love the finished look.