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a little sock history

4 October 2006 1,188 views 10 Comments

When Lolly asks, who can resist?

1. When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I cast on for my very first sock on January 1st of this year. (A pair of Jaywalkers in Socks That Rock, very fitting for a sock begun on January one, doncha think?) I didn’t have any one teach me, I just printed out the pattern and cast on.

2. What was your first pair?  How have they "held up" over time?
I finished the second sock in March and immediately gave them to my mum for her birthday. Because she lives in BC, I don’t know if she’s worn them other than when I was in the room. Hey Mum? How do you like your socks?

3. What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
The Socks That Rock yarn was fantastic. Sproingy and soft, gorgeous colour. (I have a hankering to pick up a little more.) I’m currently in love with the Vesper self-striping, Julia does an amazing job with the stripes and colour combos. The only other sock yarn I’ve tried was the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. I found it kind of meh, it felt a little flat to me. Maybe I was spoiled by the STR?

4. Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
5 DPNS for me. I like that when you have the sock spread over 4 needles the project will fold up flat to fit in your purse. I also like that it reduces the chances of ladders and doesn’t put as big a strain on the yarn on the corners of the triangle like knitting on 3 does.

5. Which kind of heel do you prefer?  (flap? or short-row?)
So far I’ve only tried the flap but the next pair will be short-heels, most likely knit toe-up. Might as well try it all, right?

6. How many pairs have you made?
I’m on pair number four right now. It remains to be seen if I can manage another perfect photo shoot like the first three but I’m loving getting pics of all the socks from the same perspective. Totally fun.


  • maryse said:

    haha i love your photo shoot.

  • Julia said:

    OOOOOOO! Look how pretty! I like how your feet are in the exact same position in all the photos!!! Yay for sock knitting!!

  • Kristin said:

    I love how you make all of your socks short. You must have lots of leftover sock yarn. What do you do with it?

  • Kelli said:

    Man, look at you go! Those babies are beautiful. I am so intimidated by socks. They seem so precise and tiny!

  • joko said:

    those are beautiful! i love the colours!

  • Lolly said:

    I love your photo shoots too – same pose different socks! I am so glad that you joined the sock knitting ranks! You have some lovely pairs, and many more on the way, I just know it. Thanks for answering the questions too 😉

  • Ann said:

    You and I have very similar taste — I’m working on socks in the red/pink/black vesper right now, and have the crew colorway queued up after that. I dig your photos — do you take them with a timer or have a good photographer?

  • Li_B said:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Caro!

  • NessieNoodle said:

    I really like that you are taking your sock pictures in the same way- it helps show off the differences and similarities… I can’t wait to see the pink/red/black pair you are working on~

  • Anonymous said:

    Your designs are really cool! I love how they are colorful!

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