Many Socktoberists signed up for this project having never knit socks before. Why not join a group where there are hundreds of crafters who can lend a helping hand? a word of encouragement? or some helpful advice (or tutorial?)
My first handknit socks were far from perfect. They were way too big, as I could not regulate my gauge on the double-pointed-needles, and they took me a long time to complete. I have to admit, I was not feeling the sock love while working through my first sock way back when (summer 2005).
It was not until I finished the second sock and slipped them on my feet did I realize the allure of the handcrafted sock!
With each sock I have made over the last year, I have enjoyed the process more and more. Bonne Marie often talks about "the magic of the heel turn", and you know what? it still gets me every time!
There are new sock crafters and experienced ones gathering in this virtual space to share our love of handcrafted socks (I say handcrafted as we have many sock crocheters in the bunch as well!) I am very excited to see this broad range of crafting, and if one of the sock crocheters out there is willing to share, I would love to learn more about the technique!
Several of the beginners among us have shared their desire to learn more about what sock patterns, needles, hooks, and yarns work well and stand the test of time. There are many experienced sock crafters who have great information to share, and I encourage you to do so!
- When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
- What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
- What would you have done differently?
- What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
- Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
- Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
- How many pairs have you made?
Feel free to answer one (or all!) of these questions, here in the comment section or on your own site. Feel free to share pictures too! I will do the same in the coming days. The Socktoberfest Flickr group is a great place for the non-bloggers among us to share their work, and to receive feedback. If you do in fact choose to answer these questions on your own site, please leave a comment here to direct others to your page. Plus, click around and meet some new friends! Our group is so large and diverse - Socktoberfest is being celebrated on all of the continents! (okay, not Antartica… still waiting for that one…)
I find it very interesting to learn more about your personal craft history – share your sock making experiences with us all. We can all benefit and learn from each other, beginners and advanced crafters alike.