Shirl the pearl

Sock it to me, baby

Lolly has questions, I have answers -- I'm late today, but I have answers...

Socktoberfest_3When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative, or in a class?

I started knitting socks in summer 2005.  I taught myself with a handful of good books for reference and a bunch of blog posts and bloggers behind me for support.

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

I finished my first socks in August '05, after finally giving in to the whole sock thing -- I'd been tempted from practically The Day That I Discovered Knitting Blogs.  I used Nancy Bush's "Rib & Cable Socks" pattern published in Interweave Knits, using Mountain Colors Bearfoot.  I wore these socks quite often last winter and they've held up very nicely.

What would you have done differently?

Not much, really, other than pay attention more (there are a couple of cable crosses that went undone).

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

I have used the above-mentioned Mountain Colors Bearfoot, Socks That Rock, Trekking XXL, and Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock.  I have a few other sock yarns in stash, but haven't used them yet.

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

I knit them on DPNs -- I prefer four needles, but sometimes five works better.  I have the necessary equipment to try 2 circs and have a tiny bit of practice knitting with that method.

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

I've only ever done a flap.  I like it fine.

How many pairs have you made?

I think I have made 6-1/2 pair -- counting one pair of baby socks (but not booties) and one pair of slipper socks, both constructed with heel flaps and kitchenered toes (in other words, socks).  I have one pair in progress (Celtic Braid, I'm on sock #2) and the Socktoberfest on the horizon.



Okay. I was going to try and comment on all the posts you made while I was away and I just can't. Please do not think that this means I love you any less than I do - which is SO MUCH!

My favorite sock of yours will always be the one you knit on my couch. ;-)


I find it so surprising that you've only been knitting socks for a year. I mean, I knew this, but I'm still surprised by it. I guess I just think that everyone has been knitting socks for years and years.

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