A sock meme? Why not?

Published on Wednesday September 10th, 2008

When did you first learn to knit socks? On my honeymoon. So three years ago June, or roughly nine months into my knitting career.

What’s the first sock you ever knit? The Crusoe socks from Knitty.com, in a KnitPicks Sock Memories colorway called “Hawaii,” gifted to me by Mia as apropos for said honeymoon knitting. That stranded pattern is TIGHT (and the colors are pretty loud), so I hardly ever wear them, but they live in my drawer as keepsakes and laundry-emergency back-up socks.

Favorite Sock Pattern? Nancy Bush’s Friday Harbor socks. Dude, do you have a pair of socks named for your little town?

Favorite needle method? Two circs. Or dpn’s. I’ll use whatever I can lay my hands on when the urge to cast on strikes.

Favorite sock needles? US #0’s = best fabric and least pooling with semi-solid or variegated yarns, at least for me.

Who do you knit socks for? Myself, and my mother, who has the same size feet. But I’m trying to branch out.

How many pairs have you knitted to date? I haven’t kept track. But I’ve only got four pairs available in my sock drawer, so clearly not enough.

What is on your sock knitting to-do list? 1) Finish the above-mentioned new pair; 2) Finish the singles, beginning with Mom’s other Philosopher’s House Sock; 3) Knit up some new designs and the ones in my Rav queue.

What kind of socks do you like to knit-
Striped? Probably. Haven’t actually tried it yet, but I like stripes, and obviously I like socks…
Colorwork? Yep.
Plain Stockinette? Not so much. The reason I haven’t done any yet is because I want a little more excitement for my feet if I’m going to take the time to knit their coverings instead of buying store-socks.
Cabled? Absolutely.
Lace? Ditto.
Anklets? Well, I like to knit with wool, and woolen anklets don’t make that much sense to me. If it’s cold enough for wool socks, it’s cold enough that I don’t want my ankles exposed. Mom feels the same way.
Knee Socks? I aspire to them. One of the singles is a knee sock.
Solid colors? Yes, especially for cables and lace.
Bright and crazy? Bright, yes. Crazy, occasionally.
Faux Fair Isle (the yarn doing all of the work)? If this means those self-jacquard yarns, I haven’t tried it yet. But I bought some for the first time after seeing these – I stumbled across a similar yarn (at least I hope it’s similar – it’s hard to guess exactly what those are going to do by looking at the skein) in my hometown LYS, which I always try to support on my visits anyway. I also want to use some of the variegateds in my stash in company with plain colors, sort of along the lines of this.

Tag a few sock knitters here: If you are reading, knit socks, and are feeling the mid-week content slump, consider yourself tagged!

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