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Knitting Socks: A Meme

Today’s post is a meme about sock knitting. I saw it at Cookie’s and then I saw it at Terry’s and now you’re seeing it here. Just so you know, the mosaic is a compilation of the last 16 pairs of socks I have finished. It dates from late Dec 2007 to the present and it gives a pretty good visual to go along with the meme.

When did you first learn to knit socks?
I started knitting socks in the spring of 2002.

What’s the first sock you ever knit?
The first sock I ever knit was a pair of socks for Dale. I knit them for him to wear at Civil War reenactments and I used what I thought was a period correct pattern. It wasn’t, as it turns out, but it was a good first sock. Well, except that I used Lopi Lite and they were so scratchy he never actually wore them.

Favorite Sock Pattern?
My go-to sock is a plain stockinette with a picot edge, heel flap and round toe. I use 72 stitches if they are for Dale, 64 stitches if they are for me and 56 stitches if they are for Hannah.

Favorite needle method?
I’m a Magic Looper but I learned on double pointed needles and I still use those if I’m at a reenactment.

Favorite sock needles?
Addi Turbos size one or zero.

Who do you knit socks for?
Most of the socks I knit are for me but I do knit socks for Hannah and Dale occasionally. Sometimes I knit socks for other family members but socks take a lot of time so I like to make sure that they will be appreciated – I’ve been burned in the past. I also participate in sock swaps now and then.

How many pairs have you knitted to date?
Since I started blogging I’ve knit 75 pairs of socks. I don’t think there were more than a few pairs before that so I’m going with ~80.

What is on your sock knitting to-do list?
I’m signed up for the Trick of Treat Sock Swap so I need to pick a design for those. I’m leaning towards Nutkin at the moment.

What kind of socks to you like to knit-
Striped? Definitely. You’ve seen my stash of Vesper sock yarn, right?
Colorwork? I’ll save the colorwork for mittens.
Plain Stockinette? Way too often.
Cabled? Certainly, I love cables.
Lace? Oh yes!
Anklets? Nope!
Knee Socks? Hannah really wants a pair of knee socks and I imagine I’ll get to it one of these days.
Solid colors? Yes, especially if I’m using a lace or cabled pattern.
Bright and crazy? Ummm, did you see the mosaic up there?
Faux Fair Isle (the yarn doing all of the work)? I’ve done this but I mostly stick with the handpainted yarns these days.

Tag a few sock knitters here: You know the drill. If you’re a sock knitter and you need some blog fodder then consider yourself tagged.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Wow, Carole. That’s more than a pair a month, every month for 6 years. And I know you have knit shawls and scarves, too. I’m so impressed!

    (I can always jog DH’s memory when I am speaking of you, “Remember the ‘man lace’ modeled on the Civil War uniform?”)

  2. That’s a lotta socks! I tried a different browser, by the way, and can see your photos now….still not on Bloglines, though. Strange.

  3. I like the mosaic..will have to reserve this meme for a soon-to-be post.
    Scratchy socks? EWW.
    Poor Dave!
    LOVE the colors and the mosaic you came up with…and your basic sock pattern is the one I use, except I do 52 up the foot and 60 around the cuff!! Isn’t knitting to your size great?

  4. That’s a lot of socks. I’ll have to see if I can figure out how many pairs I have knit. I don’t think it’s anywhere near 80.

  5. I loved seeing your mosaic!

    If I completed that meme, it wouldn’t take me long. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve knit one pair of socks and the toe unraveled on that pair! But, I plan on trying again after Alhambra.

  6. Lookey Lookey those gorgeous socks! It’s so fun seeing them all together in a mosaic.
    great meme. 80 pairs. whoa.. applause, applause.

    I think my sock mojo is hiding out with margene’s.. have you seen them?

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