Dyed in the Wool
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Everything you ever wanted to know about my socks

Thursday, October 05, 2006
but were too wise to ask.

Well, tough luck! You're getting it anyway! Here's the Socktoberfest questionaire:

* When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
Shortly after I learnt to knit (not sure of the time-frame) and I taught myself the hard way!
* What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
See image below. Made from Sirdar Sorrento, I hardly ever wear them because they are cotton/acrylic. My feet don't like cotton/acrylic socks. I now use them as bed socks/boot liners/emergency dusters.

My first socks

* What would you have done differently?

Erm, picked a decent wool-containing yarn? My second pair (for my mum this time) were equally disasterous, but bless her, she wears them!
* What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

Regia Silk ggghhhhhhhhmmmmm {wipes drool from yarn. Screen. Needles.}
* Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

I've seen crocheted socks, but I kind of assumed that they'd be all lumpy? I started out with aluminium double points, then moved on to aluminium circulars (for 2 socks on 2 circs mostly), and then back to dpns of the bamboo/birch variety.
* Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

Different strokes heels for different folks socks. I prefer the short row heel because I can do it without thinking (too much) but I've recently discovered a wonderful toe-up heel tutorial that seems to work for me. [EDIT: April quite rightly pointed out that it linked to the wrong page. I've now up dated the link and flogged myself with some circular needles!)
* How many pairs have you made?

Erm...give me a second. One ... two ... excluding slippers and the like, about 10 pairs. Including slippers and whatnot about 14 pairs.

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