When did you start making socks?
I started making socks this past winter with a pair of Jaywalkers I started twice that were never to be finished (at least they haven't been yet). I've since been spoiled with softer, handpainted, non-fake-Fair Isle pattern yarn (it was the only decent ball I could find in the store the day I decided I *needed* sock yarn). I only blogged about these once.
Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I taught myself with the help of this magic loop tutorial.
What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
I'm going to consider the jaywalkers that never were to be more of a swatch. The first pair I finished were my Norwegian Stockings. They have held up quite well, but I must admit that I don't wear them as much as they deserve. I'm still looking for the perfect outfit for them. I also miss the three weather appropriate days for them when you can get away with knee socks and a skirt.
What would you have done differently?
I would have knit the snowflake portion looser. It's a little constricting and noticeably pulls on my calf. I'm still proud of them though - they were my first fair isle!
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I have knit with and enjoyed Sundara Yarn, Dale Baby Ull, Socks that Rock and Vesper. Sundara Yarn is wicked soft, Dale Baby Ull is reasonably priced, soft, and is offered in a variety of colors. Socks that Rock are luxuriously soft an in a spectrum of colors. (I like soft!) Vesper's vibrant colors keep you knitting just to see that next stripe.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I've only knit socks and only Magic Loop. I'd like to try DPNs. I can't see the point in spending the money on two identical circulars.
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
Flap. I like the fit and my short row heels are still ugly. They need work.
I finished the exterior of the Weekender Bag! Pictures coming soon.