Saturday, October 07, 2006

What's a Daughter To Do?

Here is the meme from Lolly for Socktoberfest. I told you I'm behind but I'm working as fast as I can to catch up.

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 soon after I started knitting. The owner of the LYS said I could do it. I watched her for a little while and went home and got to work. That's the first time I ever did a slipped stitch and it took a phone call to the yarn store to clear up what exactly "slip the first stitch" meant.
What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
My first pair was just a K2P2 rib as were the next 5 pairs I made since I like to travel with my socks and use them for mindless knitting I tend to lean toward the simpler ones. Both the pairs I made for myself have holes under the ball of my foot. That is how I found out I wasn't knitting the fabric tightly enough.
What would you have done differently?
I've begun knitting socks on size 0 needles and the fabric is now very firm and nice. otherwise I love my first socks. I just need to take the time to learn how to darn them.
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I love the Cherry Tree Hill yarn, Socks that Rock and especially Lorna's Laces.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I have tried the magic loop technique and hated it. I haven't tried two circulars but am very happy with my double points.
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I like knitting them both but I like the feel of the heel flap for comfort.
How many pairs have you made?
Only about ten pairs over the last 4 years so I guess I wouldn't call myself a sock knitter but maybe a knitter who occasionally makes socks.

This reminds me of a little story of a conversation I had with my mother last weeks while I was visiting.
Somebody asked me to see what I was knitting. I think it was my mom's friend Diane.

Me: And this is the drop stitch sweater, and this is the pair of wool pants for my friends baby and this is the sock for my mom.

Mom (aka the queen): Socks?

Me: Yeah isn't this nice yarn?

Queenie: you're making me socks for Christmas?

Me: Yes, what's wrong with socks?

Her Royal Highness: They're socks.

Me: Do you know that a pair of sock has the same number of stitches as a full size sweater?

Spoiled Rotten Brat: I'd rather have the sweater.

So what do I do? These are for her skinny feet. Maybe I can find somebody else with skinny feet and she can have a sweater from Target. I have a picture of her but can't get it to load.

Seems like if I want pictures in my posts I have to upload them before I write anything. Pain in the buttocks I say!

3 comments:

hesira said...

I enjoyed reading your answers to the Socktoberfest questions. Your conversation with your mom cracked me up! I say give her the socks anyway. They'll probably never fit anyone else, and she may be impressed once she puts them on.

MeatGel said...

I have skinny feet. Not as crazy-looking as mom's, but skinny.

loribird said...

Hey, I have skinny feet too!

I say give her a store-sweater, and the handmade socks anyway - it's hard to understand the addiction until you have a nice pair of handknit socks on your feet! ("Like home-baked bread for your feet...")