Sock Quiz

Karen, over at NothingButKnit has a sock quiz up over on her blog. I always love reading the responses to her quiz, and I am sharing my answers here.

  • Do you knit/crochet socks?
  • If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?
  • What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?
  • Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?
  • Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?
  • One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?

I knit socks. I almost always have a pair of socks on the needles. I keep meaning to cast on a pair just to keep in the car, for all of the times that I’m unexpectedly in a situation where I can knit.

I’ve been making them for a decade. I started my first pair on March 21, 2010.

My preferred method is top town. I magic loop on a size 1 or 1.5. I like a heel flap and gusset. I’ve done toe up, but I don’t like the increases. I’ve tried two at a time, but I got flustered. I can use DPNs, but I drop them a lot, so I like magic loop.

I have gifted socks. They have been worn enthusiastically. I tend to make socks for the same people over and over again.

I would probably miss making sweaters and hats, but I think for the most part I would be happy just knitting socks.

I am happy knitting socks with most yarn. I like superwash yarn with nylon. I like 100% wool socks, I find if the wool is rustic they don’t wear out that quickly. I like non-superwash socks. I have a pair of wool/mohair socks that I adore. I like solids. I like stripes. I like bold colors. I like it all. I also have it all, as most of my stash is sock yarn.

Do you knit socks? I would love to know your answers to these questions too.

Sock It To Me Monday

The Christmas socks are done. I’m happy with how they turned out. I’m especially happy with how the striping worked out with the heel flap and gusset.

I also make Elliot a hat this weekend. He wanted a red pompom. I thought it would look silly, but it turns out the red looks great on the hat.

I really should have cleaned up the kids art area before taking this picture. My house is messy, but not the hoarder level of messy as it appears in this photo.

Thanks to finishing these projects I’m only around 1650 g of yarn in the yarn diet hole. I don’t think I’ll get out of it this year, but I’m going to try.

WIP Wednesday

No, it is not actually Wednesday, but we got home late last night from watching Spiderman and I forgot to post. Have you seen Spiderman yet? It was really good.

Anywhooo…..I’ve really only worked on socks this week. My TDF France are slowly moving along. We’ve only had time to watch two stages this week. I’m done with the gusset of the second sock. I love how these socks are turning out. They are smooshy and the yarn is nice to work with.

I’ve decided I don’t like my playground socks. The yarn is a little rough, and I don’t love the colors. I was really excited about these socks for the first leg, but I’m now at the point where I’m ready to be done with them and move on to yarn I’m excited to work with.

I have not been knitting much this summer. I have been walking at parks instead of knitting at parks. It has been lovely, but I have been making slow progress on my projects.

Sock It To Me Monday

I finished Audrey’s Rose City Rollers Socks in Rainbow Dashing by Yarn Geek Fibers. I love how fast these socks knit up. Audrey is very happy with them.

We’ve had a lazy morning. Instead of running errands, Elliot and I made sourdough crackers seasoned with Herbs de Provence. They are delicious, but the best part by far is having him as a helper in the kitchen.

I hope you are having a good start to your week. It’s going to be hot here this week, so I imagine we will be very lazy this week.

Sock Help

I’m only a couple of inches into my second sock, but I’m already thinking about my next pair. I’m going to do a short sock pattern, probably¬†Day Off Socks or Rose City Rollers. I’ll be using one skein of koigu yarn, which won’t be enough for both socks. I’ll be doing the heels and toes in a contrasting color.

I’m not sure which color to use, so I would love your help choosing. Please let me know in the comments if you think the heels and toes should be light or dark. 20190124_101244182034516462805306.jpg

Have you made short socks? Do you have a pattern you would recommend?

5 on Friday: What’s on my Needles

I like to have several options when I want to pick up my knitting. I want my knitting to fit my mood. If all I had was a sweater on the needles, what would I do when I didn’t want to work on that sweater? I usually have only 3 active projects at a time, but conveniently for me I currently have 5 kitting projects on the needles.

Scrap Yarn Blanket

I’m using the Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis (iMake). I’m using sock yarn and size 2 needles. Each square is about 2 inches. I make one square each day, usually in the morning. For special events (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) I use the same yarn three days in a row – the day before the special day, the special day, and the day after the special day. That way when we look at the blanket we can see where we were. I love being able to see Audrey’s birthday, or our anniversary when I look at the blanket. There is also a large chunk of the same yarn for when Elliot was born.

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There aren’t many projects that allow to knit in hope and memories the way this one does.

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Elliot insisted on helping.

Socks

I’m still working on my Up All Night Socks by Lisa Beth Houchins. I’ve already told you how much I love these socks. If you are a sock knitter, I strongly suggest you give them a try. dsc_0011

A Slouchy Cardigan

Pattern is Cocoon Cardigan Sweater by Yarnspirations. Sigh. This cardigan should be easy and fast. I suppose it would be if I could bring myself to pick it up more often. Moss stitch is just so boring. I’m still on the back, which needs to be 28 inches long. So far I’m at 20 inches and I keep reaching for socks instead of this. Maybe if the yarn were smooshy I’d reach for it more? Please give me advice on how to get myself to knit this.

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Retirement Cardigan

Pattern is Turkana by Anne Kuo Lukito knit in Manos del Uruguay FINO. I call this my retirement cardigan because I’ll be retired by the time I finish it. It is gorgeous yarn, a lovely green that is so soft (70% extrafine merino wool, 30% silk) and wonderful to work with.

Why the slow progress? It is hard to pick up because each row takes 15 minutes. It’s a lot of work to pull it out, figure out where I was, and get a row knit. Once I get it out I remember how much I love it. It’s like going to the gym – when you are in a regular routine you know how great it feels to work out and you wan to keep at it, but when you miss a few days you get lazy and fall out of routine. Even though I don’t knit on it enough, it is my second favorite project. It is so honored it is stored in my Loop knitting bag Ivy brought be back from London.

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Dishcloth

I just noticed we were running out of dishcloths, so I started my favorite pattern, Garterlac Dishcloth by Criminy Jickets. This is a fun knit, but after I cast on I remembered it involves thought, so I’m not going to be able to work on it when the kids are awake.

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Elliot tried to eat this pattern.

With any luck I’ll be down to 4 projects again soon. I need to designate some sweater time to get back on track with my cocoon sweater.

Every Friday I share 5 things I think you should know about. Let me know if you have anything you would like to hear about. I would also love to hear it if you have any motivational advice about finishing cardigans.

Is there anything I should have on my needles? What should I pick up next?