The weather was beautiful and the Rowan yarns at Liberty were even more gorgeous. Although there was no Liberty sale, I still picked up a few magazines, 5 balls of KidSilkHaze (much cheaper than here) and a 5 balls of Cotton Braid for a simple top.
Photos to follow in the next post (camera still needs to down/up load 500+ travel photos!!!)...
In the meantime, here is some information about me for Soctoberfest.
* When did you start making socks?
~ July 2005, when I first arrived in Toronto and was homeless & jobless.
* Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
~ I taught myself to knit socks from a pattern: a free pattern from Patons for their Kroy socks yarn. Unfortunately, the Patons website seems to have stopped linking the pattern for free. :( (NOTE: This pattern can be found here.)
* What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
~ From a jacquard Confetti DGB yarn. I didn't and still don't like the jacquard pattern at all - instead I prefer stripes, blotches or just plain sock yarn. Being a rare-swatcher and insisting on substituting yarn, the sock was very loose... and I now use it to keep my feet moisurized after at-home-foot-spas.
* What would you have done differently?
~ I would either use the recommended yarn or use smaller DPNs.
* What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
~ So far, I've been cheap with sock yarns. Have only worked with Confetti DGB yarn (can't remember!), Patons Kroy (still love the colors) and Sheepjes Invicta Extra (pretty heather colors but splits easily).
* Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
~ Have only knit and used DPNs... seems too much hassle to buy 2 circulars of the same size and the method looks complicated!
* Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
~ I like the flap heel from the Patons books. The slip stitches create a tougher fabric more suitable for a heel.
* How many pairs have you made?
~ Three. Spa socks for myself, one pair for mommy and one pair for daddy.
Many half done socks all over the place - one Baudelaire sock originally for Sister B (but too small so tossed aside), half a Sister C sock (tossed aside) and half a simple sock in the wrong color (hence, tossed aside). Now working on Sister B sock. Hopefully, first Sister B sock will be ready for the next post!