It's Socktober again, and per usual, I am joiner. I have very little knitting progress to report, so I'll take this time to answer Lolly's Socktoberfest questionnaire...
1. When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself? Take a class?
I made my first pair of socks in July and August of 2005. I had been knitting for a few months and I was inspired by all of the pretty socks and sock yarns I saw on other people's blogs. I more or less taught myself using the book Knit Socks!.
2. What was your first pair of socks? How have they held up over time?
My first pair of socks was the Starter Stockinette socks from Knit Socks! I've only worn them a couple of times, so they've held up quite well. They are really thick and warm, so they're more like house socks or slippers. I wore them sledding in Minnesota last winter and they were great for that, but they're definitely not every day socks. At least not in Texas...
3. What would you have done differently?
Not much. My first pair was pretty good, especially for a first attempt. I haven't knit socks that thick since then, but it was definitely easier to learn on worsted weight yarn.
4. What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I've used Koigu PPPM which is okay, but not a favorite. I like Koigu Kersti a lot better, but in general Koigu is good because of all of the pretty colors. I've also used and loved Socks that Rock medium weight. I have a skein of the lightweight which I haven't knit up yet. I knit my Jaywalkers with KnitPicks sock landscape which is nice because it's cheap and colorful It fuzzes up a little bit with wear, but I don't mind that so much. I think that my KnitPicks Jaywalkers are my favorite pair of socks so far. They are definitely the pair I wear the most.
5. Do you crochet socks? Knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, using the Magic Loop method?
Most of the time I knit socks on two circulars. I sometimes use DPNs, but I prefer 2 circs. I don't know how to do the Magic Loop method.
6. What type of heel do you prefer?
I've knit heel flaps and short row heels. I like the look of short row heels better, but I'm not as comfortable with them, so I tend to knit heel flaps. Right now, I really like the Eye of Partridge heel.
7. How many pairs have you made?
Nine adult pairs, two baby pairs, and two pairs of felted Fuzzy Feet. I have four pairs of partially knit socks on the needles now, only one of which is likely to be finished any time soon.
Speaking of socks, today is the first day since I got back to San Antonio in August where I've been compelled to wear socks for something other than a concert or going to the gym. I'm not wearing hand knits today because none of my hand knits go with the shirt I'm wearing, but it's raining and only 70 degrees outside so I've got on socks and Danskos nonetheless. Let's hope it stays like this!