Socktoberfest questions…

Hello Everyone – Lolly asked us Socktoberfesters to answer a few questions about our sock knitting history. So – here it is!

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 about 2 years ago, when I began knitting. The LYS where I took my first class was having a “toe up sock” class. I loved the sock yarns – and the teacher/owner promised me that I could do this! So, I signed up.

What was your first pair? How have they “held up” over time? My first pair was some self striping yarn and they were awful – my heels sucked. I was taught short row heels and I had major difficulty with the wraps and turns. I also struggled with the cast on technique – thank goodness for Judy Becker!! The socks have held up well – no one wears them! I use them as an example in my classes that I now teach on toe up socks.

What would you have done differently? I would have frogged them and knit the heels again. I would have also spent some time looking for a better pattern!! I was intimidated by dpns – I should have tried them. The second pair I knit was out of Cascade Fixation – I made some socks for my daughter – they turned out wonderfully – knit on dpns – and they have lasted wonderfully!!

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed? I love Lorna’s Laces, Koigu, and Schaefer sock yarns. I also have knit socks with Blue Sky Alpaca Silk and with Drops and with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino – wow are they also nice to knit with!! RY Cashsoft is also yummy and makes even yummier socks!

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method? I have never, ever crocheted socks – eewwww! LOL. I have knit socks on dpns, 2 circs, magic loop and I really prefer dpns. Don’t tell my students – I teach toe up magic loop!

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?) I love the heel flap version for myself – it fits my foot better. It also fits daughter #2 better, but daughter #1 prefers short-rowed heels.

How many pairs have you made? I have knit myself 2 pairs, daughter #1 – 2 pairs, daughter #2 4 pairs. Shhhh, I am working on Christmas socks for my son and my mom! My completed total is 8 pairs.

Have a great day everyone!!

International Scarf Exchange VS Socktoberfest

What a battle!

I am trying to finish my scarf for my ISE Pal – but I was overcome by Socktoberfest yesterday! I tried to resist but I was down for the count – have you all seen the new Jo Sharp book? Knit 1 has some awesome patterns in it – and there are not one but TWO sock patterns in it! Of course I was looking at the Alpaca Silk Gorgette and before I knew it I was casting on a pair of socks! I am doing the lovely picot-edged socks in the book. I have about 3″ done on sock one. I hear my scarf calling to me – traitorous knitter that I am – I am ignoring her. I have about 36″ done – half way – and I have “floor time” at work tomorrow, I promise that I will sit and knit during the 4 1/2 hour time block. I am a captive audience for calls from people asking about interest rates, etc. It has not been the most productive time spent – work wise, but it is excellent knitting time!

We had rain again yesterday – and more is expected for today. The leaves are beginning to turn colors – I bet that north of here they are getting some great color. We will all have to stop in to say “hi” to Susie and ask her how the leaves are looking. You might also check out her Etsy shop – she spins and dyes some amazing yarns. Be sure to tell her that Kat sent you. All you Socktoberfest and Hot Socks participants might find something lovely to knit up a pair of socks for yourself or your loved ones!

I better get back to work here gang – have an awesome Tuesday!

SP9 Questionaire Answers

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I love Jo Sharp and Rowan – basically anything they do. I also love Shaefer, Lorna’s Laces, To Knit Perchance To Dream – Susie’s yarns are so awesome, and Koigu for socks (or lacework). I would love to try some STR – I have not had the pleasure as of yet. I am not a fan of acrylic’s at all.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Good question – I am currently not using anything other than the packaging they came in.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting 2 years – my Knitaversary was August 17. I would consider myself an adventurous intermediate – or I know enough to be dangerous!

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, I do.

5. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) I like crisp, clean scents. I really don’t care for floral-y scents at all.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I do have a bit of a sweet tooth – and I love dark chocolate.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I have been known to make a card or two and I sew. I do not spin.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I love jazz – Diana Krall, Michael Buble’, Tony Bennet, Harry Connick Jr. are some of my favorites. Yes, my pc can play MP3’s.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand? I tend to gravitate towards earthy tones; greens, browns, rusts, greys, blacks. I dislike pastel colors – pinks, yellows, beige.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have 3 teenagers (Rachel, Heidi, and Sam) and 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Copper and Penny).

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Scarves and mittens – yes. Hats – not very often. Poncho’s – occasionally.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Socks!

13. What are you knitting right now? I am working on a couple of sweaters, some slippers for Christmas gifts and socks.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? I love to receive handmade gifts!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I prefer circ’s and I have a nice collection of Addi’s, some bamboo, and some Bryspun plastics that are great for lacework.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No – I do not.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Boy – I have a sweater that is almost 2 years old. Yikes!

18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Easter!

19. Is there anything that you collect? Antiques and Santa’s.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I have been bitten by the “lace” bug recently – I don’t have a lot of lace patterns, but would love to work on a collection of them. I have a subscription to IK.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn? I am a “beginning” lace knitter. I have knit some lace socks – they are treasured by my daughter who I made them for. I picked up a skein of Lorna’s Lace this summer and have recently cast on the Half Pie Shawl – and I really love how it is looking. Of course, it is a fairly uncomplicated pattern! I love the shawls that I am seeing on so many blogs – I would love to learn lace knitting and in all it’s complicated glory!

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Oh, yes – I am such a sock knitter! I wear a ladies size 8 ½ M shoe, my foot is 10” long – and I like my socks to be a little loose on my foot.

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) 12/27

SP 9 and much more fun!

SP 9 and much more fun!

Hello Everyone! SP 9 starts today! Wooo Hoooo! Socktoberfest starts today, too! Could life get better????

I am knitting more inches of my scarf and plotting out my sock progress! I am so excited to work on socks! I have some plans for socks and October!

Did you all see my post from yesterday? There is a contest brewing here as well – If you post your suggestions for this lovely Indira Gandhi yarn –

Some lacy pattern – any and all suggestions will be entered into a drawing. You have until Midnight – EST – on Friday to post your suggestions. You could be the lucky winner of a skein of Shaefer Anne for Socktoberfest!

On to SP9 – the questionaire’s are posted on the blog and I will be working on my answers and posting them later today. Hope all of you are having a great Sunday!

Dreary Weekends and a CONTEST!

Hello Everyone! It is Saturday and it is still raining! We saw a rainbow last weekend, so I knot that the flood is not coming – but I am sure it has been raining for almost 40 days! It has been cool and damp – good weather to have a fire in the fireplace (if you have one) and get your knit on!
I have been working on my scarf for my scarf pal – it is gaining in length s-l-o-w-l-y but surely. I love the yarn I chose – Alpaca with a Twist Baby Alpaca. This yarn is a dream to knit with. I am seeing some socks in my future using this yarn!
Socks seem to be the theme for fall – from Socktoberfest to Hot Socks the blog world is filled with sock themes. I have read about sock knitter casualties from Sock Wars to Toasty Toe Knitters working on their socks for their pals. If this does not get your fingers itching to cast on some socks – I don’t know what will!! I am teaching another sock class in October as well – I love new sock knitters!
I did some “Stash Enhancement” yesterday – I tried so hard to resist, but I found a skein of Schaefer Andrea yarn (100% silk) in the Indira Gandhi colorway. Before I knew it I was shelling out some money and driving away with this treasure. There are 1093 yards of this beautiful silk – I am going to look for a lace pattern to knit this up into. I will welcome any and all suggestions for patterns. I think I can even have a contest around this – the winning suggestion will get a skein of Shaefer Anne for a pair of socks! Leave your posts as to your suggestions – I am excited to see what your ideas are!
Have a good weekend everyone – stay warm and dry!

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