Socks: A Quiz

I know I promised stories of yarn stores, but I thought yesterday’s quiz from NothingButKnit seemed fun. Feel free to play along, either in the comments or on your own blog.

  • 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?

My answers:

  • Do you knit/crochet socks?
    • Yes, I knit socks!! All the time! I always have a sock on the needles.
  • If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?
    • I’ve been making socks for 3 years, ever since we did a KAL in our knitting group at work. Before that, I resisted because I thought they were hard or fiddly, and I didn’t think I’d want to put pretty yarn on my feet. (OH how wrong I was!)
  • What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?
    • Top down, size 1 DPNs, with a heel flap & gusset construction. I typically go between a vanilla latte ribbed sock and a plain stockinette sock. Maybe someday I’ll try toe up!
  • Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?
    • I have gifted socks to many people! Mostly to the girl, because her feet are the same size as mine and she always got excited about them. I know she’s worn and appreciated them. I’ve gifted socks to the husband, the boy, nieces and a nephew, and a few sisters. I believe they’ve all worn them at least once and appreciated them. But it doesn’t happen too often because of the time involved, plus the guesswork on size.
  • Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?
    • No, I definitely need the variety of different yarn weights and fiber types.
  • 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?
    • My favorite yarn is self-striping; I think it’s magic. After that, I like speckles and variegated yarns. I love bright colors the most and neutrals bore me. I don’t enjoy knitting solid color socks as much because I get bored, since I mostly knit very simple patterns. For my own feet, I love a high-quality superwash merino with a bit of nylon. I can’t do rustic wool, alpaca or mohair because then my feet itch. But I like crisp yarn, not super soft or limp because it seems like those are the socks that sag and felt more.

Happy sock-knitting, friends!

3 thoughts on “Socks: A Quiz

  1. This is a fun quiz! I love your answers. Here are mine, in quick form:

    * Yes, I knit socks. I have been knitting them since 2006 (so 14 years. Yikes).
    * If I’m picking based on construction, I will knit toe-up, with a toe-up gusset heel, on US 1.5 double circs or magic loop. However, I usually pick my construction method based on the recommendations of the pattern, and I have knit a lot of varied patterns.
    * Yes, I have gifted socks and they were appreciated.
    * No. I love making shawls too much to only knit socks.
    * My favorite sock yarn is ALL OF IT. Though, to be honest, when knitting socks I don’t use the softest stuff in my stash because it doesn’t wear as well. I’ll use that for shawls or something else. I like my for-socks yarn to have a little bit of nylon or something in it for strength. But I have no color preferences. Self-striping yarns get used for simple patterns where they can show off. Solid color yarns get used for more intricate patterns. I love it all!

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