My socktoberfest celebration is off to a running start. Here is a progress picture of my socks that I started in Eugene. Sandra taught me how to do two on two circ needles, but I was impressed that she had been doing four! so after a while I decided to add two more socks. So here you can see my four socks! (Sandra would be proud). The first pair I started, I have already turned the heel. I did a flap and gusset heel because I have always done those and I was on the train so I had to work with the pattern in my head, but on the next one I am going to try a shortrow heel. I had to take each sock off the needles to do the flap and then pick up the stitches for the gusset and put it back on the circs. It wasn't hard to do, and seems to be working fine. The yarn is Trekking. I worked to get the first pair to line up so they would match, but as you can see the yarn doesn't match at all! (which is fine with me, I don't always like to match) - Sandra warned me that the trekking yarn might not match. The second pair matches beautifully. I really like the trekking yarn. It's been a long time since I bought sock yarn and there is so much more to choose from these days.
The trick to knitting this way is to have your yarns in a nice stationary order, then they don't tangle. My basket works perfectly.
Socktoberfest Questions I think it's high time I answered Lolly's 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 about 18 years ago. I taught myself because at the time I started all the knit stores were going out of business. There was one store which was a long drive for me, but the owner was a wonderful german lady who knew everything about knitting and she helped me get started. She's still in business, and she is also the person who got me hooked on lace knitting with her out of print Italian and German lace magazines.
- What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time? My first pair were some colorful socks that came in a kit. They had pattern stitches and color stranding. They were kind of like the "socks that rock" patterns. They have held up because the yarn was not superwash and I felted the dickens out of it the first time I washed and dried the socks! They are now our (small) christmas stockings. In those days it was hard to find sock yarn, and those socks were made with worsted weight scratchy wool.
- What would you have done differently? So many things. For starters I would not have used that yarn! I also would have used a looser cast on (they were tight to get on before they felted). Obviously I would not have run them through the washer and dryer if I had known. I would have been more careful to make sure they were the same size.... so many things. But I was, and still am, proud that I made those socks!
- What yarns have you particularly enjoyed? I've just started buying sock yarn again. So far I seem to be drawn to the trekking yarn. I did buy one skein of mountain colors but it's not enough for a pair, and it's a little thicker than I like for socks. In the past I have mostly spun my own sock yarn or bought superwash baby yarn.
- Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method? Well I used to be a die-hard dpn gal. I still like dpns. But the allure of finishing both socks at the same time got me going on the 2 circs method. I have knit a lot of single socks. I hate knitting the second one. I haven't used the magic loop method for socks but I am familiar with it and have used it for other small circular things (not by choice) and I think I would hate it.
- Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?) Well I have always done the flap/gusset heel and the side decrease toe. Now I am going to try a few new things like the short row heel and the star toe. So I can't say which I prefer yet.
- How many pairs have you made? Over the years, I can't remember any more. More than 10 less than 100