Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Socks, as usual...

from the 2nd Sock Wars pair


= 31 pairs - no 1/2 :)

Pattern: stockinette with 2x2 ribbed cuff
Yarn: Jarbo raggi
Started: 10/2/06
Finished: 10/3/06

And now some Socktoberfest questions:

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 in October 2004 with a tiny pair of decorative Red Sox for a classmate - without a pattern! Then I went on to my first real pair.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?

I knit a pair of socks with Lion Brand Magic Stripes on size 3 bamboo DPNs. They've held up quite well and I still wear them!

What would you have done differently?

I would have cast on less stitches so I didn't have to knit the whole leg in 2x2 rib. I knit the first sock according to the pattern on the ball band and it was way too big, so I ripped it all out and cast on again but knit the whole leg in ribbing so I wouldn't have to change the numbers on the heel flap.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

My favorite sock yarns are Lorna's Laces, Socks That Rock, and Sunshine Yarns so far, but I'm always looking for more.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

I usually knit my socks 2 at once using magic loo

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

I like heel flaps much better than short row heels - both the knitting and the fit.

How many pairs have you made?

31 pairs this year, 37 total


Blogger stringthing said...

you first socks are exactly like my first socks.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Ditto! I used the lumberjack colorway and they are doing quite well! You are awesome!! I love both socks! Nice work! :)

7:16 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Loads of socks!

And nice Spinning SP! Wow! she rocks!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

Huh? I still count 1/2, except it's now 31 1/2. You had 30 1/2, and now you've done half of two pairs, so that equals 1 pair, so that would be 31 1/2. Unless I'm missing something?

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

Socks! I attempted one pair and the result was less that Ideal. My daughter kept the pair, probably to torment me with years from now!

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Wow! I'm glad I didn't join sock wars now that I know about sock maniacs like you! 31 pairs so far this year!
Happy Socktober!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Doogle Knits said...

I'm so happy there are other fans of the heel flap. I've tried to love short-row heels but . . . can't. I guess I'm a flapper. Great socks!!!!

6:15 PM  

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    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
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    Ruby Sapphire
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    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

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    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
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    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
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    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
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    Great Adirondack Soxie
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    Misty Mountain Farm
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    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
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    Sockenwolle Unipo
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