Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sock Meme

A Sock Meme

Stolen from Karen:

When did you first learn to knit socks?

I taught myself about four years ago.

What’s the first sock you ever knit?

The first socks I ever knit were based on Ann Budd's sock pattern in her The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges. They were knit out of red Wool-Ease and they were for my Dad. I seem to remember they were a bit small for him - I believe he gave them away.

Favorite Sock Pattern?

I still like the Ann Budd pattern best because it allows for multiple gauges - it doesn't matter what yarn I use. Plus it walks you through it step by step - and I really needed that idiot-proof method when I started.

Favorite needle method?

Two circular needles - although I still haven't mastered casting on for socks using the two needles. I usually cast on with the dpns, do a few rounds, then switch to the circulars.

Favorite sock needles?

Knit Picks Circulars in the Options line

Who do you knit socks for?

The last few pairs have been for me, but I have knit two pairs for my Dad and a few for charity. I have a last sock in a pair of Jaywalker socks (Ravelry link) that were supposed to be for me but they are too narrow for my feet, so they will go to my sister Teri once done.

How many pairs have you knitted to date?

Maybe about ten.

What is on your sock knitting to-do list?

Yes, the Spring Cable socks and the Cut and Paste socks.

What kind of socks to you like to knit?

Pretty much plain vanilla socks. All my socks so far have been top down - some day I would like to try an easy toe-up sock. Can anyone recommend a pattern?


Only if the yarn does it all by itself.


Not deliberately. I am not a fan of doing colourwork in any knitting medium.

Plain Stockinette?

Please and thank you.


I definitely want to try (see above planned socks).


Not my style.


I have never made any, but most of my store-bought socks are anklets, so I am not adverse to them.

Knee Socks?

With these cankles? To quote Karen, "Not in a million years."

Solid colors?

I prefer semi-solids to solids - just to make it a bit more interesting and less uniform.

Bright and crazy?

Have you seen my Silk Garden Socks? Business up front, party in the back.

Faux Fair Isle (the yarn doing all of the work)?

The only kind I would even attempt.

Okay, I don't deliberately tag people - but if you are interested, let me know you picked up the meme so I can see your answers.


Batty said...

That's a fun one! I'll knit anything -- cables, lace, weird stitch patterns, you name it, but I do like plain vanilla socks. I try to always have a pair of them going. Except now -- all my needles are full.

Beverly said...

My first toe-up pattern was Diamante from Knitty. It was pretty easy to follow. The heel construction is really interesting.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

I'm pretty open to any socks except colorwork! And I've knit a lot of socks but still haven't tried a toe-up one....someday!

LizzieK8 said...

I put the Meme on my blog, come on over and see!

Nell said...

Cool! I love learning about people's knitting styles and preferences!