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1. Do you consider yourself a "sock knitter"? Why do you like to knit socks?
I’m an everything knitter, including socks! I love to wear hand knit socks, so it’s always good to add to my wardrobe. And, like most sock knitters, I appreciate how portable a sock project is. Just one ball of skinny yarn brings lots of hours of enjoyment!
2. When did you knit your first pair of socks? Was it harder or easier than you thought?
My favourite pair of socks right now is my Clochan design knit up in Hazel Knits Entice MCN (which could easily be substituted by YOTH Little Brother or Hazel Knits Artisan Sock). I was initially a little nervous that they wouldn’t wear as well because of the cashmere content, but they feel so luxurious and have proved to be super sturdy! I wear them as boot socks and hike in them and they make my feet so happy.
When I first started knitting socks, I had trouble getting the snug gauge that makes a comfy and durable sock. I’m a pretty loose knitter, but wrapping my yarn twice around my index finger instead of my usual one time, thus adding a bit of extra tension, made all the difference! My advice is to be willing to try new things - tension your yarn a little different, knit a sock construction you’ve never tried, use a different yarn!