belated socktoberfest blogging

so i’m quite behind on my blogging. i’m currently working at a frame shop so my free time has been reduced.

i’m gonna start off with lolly’s second question then go back to the one i missed last week. (i hope i didn’t miss 3 though it’spossilble. i lost the internet connection last week so i’m all sorts of behind on my blog reading) so here we go.

Where have your handknit socks been?
What is the furtherst they have traveled?

my socks have been many places. i started knitting socks when i was living in chicago. i knit them there and at my parents and grandparents homes in iowa and de kalb.

then i moved to texas for a month or so. so i knit the socks on the road there. so kansas, missouri, oklahoma, texas. lots of I-35 for me. i knit socks at tattoo parlors too watching the boy get tattooed. (believe me, i got some weird looks for that one). the socks also spent time in dallas, austin, waco, and bamc.

then i moved to germany. so i knit socks in atlanta and on the plane over here. in germany the socks have traveled to frankfurt, heidelburg, weisbaden, garmish, kaiserslautern, landsthule, lrmc, and rothenburg.

i also visited some friends so the socks went to london and dublin with me.

the socks have spent a fair amount of time at hospitals. i like them there. the yarn is fuzzy and nice compared to the sterile atmosphere and helps start some conversations at some tense places. it’s nice.

yea for traveling.

i’m also sending some socks i’m trying to make during socktoberfest to friends in afghanistan, iraq, and california. they need to be done by christmas. here’s hoping for that.

as for furthest traveling i don’t know. decide for yourself among the possibilities.

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 sometime in 2004. i saw the kit for the red cross wwII socks i wanted it. i love historically accurate designs and wish i could actually find more. especially for wwI, the civil war, and previously. (yes i know there’s some in Vintage Knitted Socks, but i want older ones. so i taught myself how to knit socks by following the directions included in the kit and this fab web page.

What was your first pair? How have they “held up” over time?

the ones mentioned above were my first pair. they’ve held up pretty good. the wool included is incredibly soft and is actually the only pair of socks i’ve knit from 100% wool. i made them for my boy and he wears them in his army boots to work. he seems to like them lots. esp. the fact that they slide well on tile and wood floors, but wishes that they were tighter and that the ribbing held them up better. the socks are always hand washed by me and have felted a little in the heel, but otherwise have no visible damage. (i’ll try for a picture later)

What would you have done differently?

nothing actually. it was a good experience and they turned out great.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

i knit with regia 4-ply black the other day and i love it. the stitch definition was beautiful and the socks have held up well. yea for regia. i do want to try some more nice sock wool however. some 100% wools and such.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

i can’t crochet so there goes that. i used DPN’s exclusively. i guess i’d like to try some other methods esp that knit 2 socks at once method that came out in knitty, but i’m cheep and won’t buy new needles unless i need them. all my dps are boye except one pair brittany birch i had to buy to take on the air plane and 2 sets of some weird german size. i think they’re inox type but they were shop brands so no details. (they look gray)

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

i like the heel flap better but then i’ve only used the short row heel once in a pair of germany team socks i made. all other pairs have been a solid colour (excepting one sockapaloooza pair) so i never bothered to learn. i’m planning on doing a garter row short heel for the sixth sense socks i’m in the middle of so maybe that’ll impress me more. i like flap heels cause you can leave them for forever and pick up right were you left off with no counting. but maybe with more short row heels i’d get better at that one.

How many pairs have you made?

i’ve made a total of 8 pairs i think. (have 2 pairs on needles now).

here goes for the list: 3 pairs for boy – WWII, ribbed, and canal du midi

2 pair sock pal – plain and new england

2 pair mom -whitby and unst

1 pair me -germany team socks.

ok. i think that’s it for now.

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~ by lapawlow on Friday, 20 October, 2006.

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