Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Socktoberfest 2006

Last night I cast on for my first adult size sock. I chose the pattern Broad Ripple. It took me four times to cast on for this sock. I almost bagged the whole idea of Socktoberfest. Somehow, I don't remember it being that difficult to cast on for the 3 pairs of kiddie socks I knit earlier in the year. Anyway, I got past the cast on row and knitted 6 rows before I set it aside. I will take some pictures once I have something to show.

In the meantime, here's my Sock knitting history in response to Lolly's questionnaire:

  • When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?

    I knit my 1st pair of socks in February 2006. I taught myself using Ann Budd's book and the instructions on the Lion Brand Magic Stripes label.

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

    I made it using Lion Brand Magic Stripes in Spring Fling for my daughter. I think she's misplaced one of them already.

  • What would you have done differently?
    Maybe knit a longer cuff because I had so much leftover.

  • What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
    The only yarns I've used so far are - Lion Brand Magic Stripes, Wildfoote Luxury Sock and Lang Jawoll. I like the Lang Jawoll because it has that little spool of matching yarn for reinforcement.

  • Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
    The only needles I've used are Brittany Birch 5" DPNS in US #3

  • Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
    I don't even know what kind of heel it's called in Ann Budd's book.

  • How many pairs have you made?
    I've made 3 pairs of childrens socks to date.

    #1 - February 2006, LB Magic Stripes for 7 year old

    #2 - March 2006, Wildfoote Luxury Sock for 3 year old

    #3 - May 2006, Lang Jawoll for 3 year old


    Liz said...

    Just found your site via Socktoberfest. Three great socks, so far! Glad you hung in there with the Broad Ripples. What yarn are you using?

    Anonymous said...

    As another "bear" knitter, I had to drop in and check our your blog when I saw your post on socktoberfest. I also love knitting children's socks! Great job!

    Liz said...

    That's one yarn I would really like to try. Tell us how it knits up!

    Anonymous said...

    pssst. . . it's a flap heel. Keep on knitting those socks.