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 in April, 2002. As a Civil War reenactor I knew that knitting socks would be very historically accurate so I taught myself from the Atlantic Guard Soldier’s Sock Pattern.
What was your first pair? How have they “held up” over time?
My first pair was for Dale to wear reenacting and I knit them out of Lopi Lite in off-white with navy blue heels and toes. They’ve held up wonderfully because the yarn is too scratchy and Dale won’t wear them. He does use them for “show and tell” during school and living history demonstrations, though, so they weren’t a total waste.
What would you have done differently?
I would have used softer yarn! After I got better at sock knitting I switched to finer sock yarn and smaller needles. Now I knit my socks on size 1 Addi Turbos.
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I’ve tried lots of sock yarns. In fact, Kathy calls my sock yarn stash the “Museum of Sock Yarns” because I have so many different types. I’ve enjoyed working with Opal and Fleece Artist and Socks that Rock. But my all time favorite sock yarn is Vesper Self-Striping. I can’t get enough of it!
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
Magic Loop all the way unless I’m at a Civil War reenactment and then I use double points in the interest of being period correct.
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I’m a flapper and have no desire to try another type of heel.
How many pairs have you made?
I have finished 35 pairs of socks. I have no socks without mates as I don’t allow myself to succumb to second sock syndrome.
So that’s my sockstory. And I’m sticking to it.