So, though I'd like to say I'm wanting to be a sock knitter because it's the most practical knit in Texas and everyone wears them, it's really because I like the bright, shiny things I see online. I want to knit something that self-stripes, besides mittens, and I want to buy pretty yarn in little, affordable batches. Like knitting shawls, socks let me indulge a little.
I can also attest to the portability aspect of socks on magic loop. Much of this sock was knit working a firework stand fundraiser for the youth of my church. I could throw it in my pack anytime a customer walked through the door.
When I did finally post my WIP to the thread, I was amazed at how that thread had already exploded with works-in-progress photos. Dani throws a good party. In there, among all of the pros who churn out a sock a day, there are a few knitters who are like me: recipe-less.
I'm using the Favorite Socks pattern from Kristin, of Voolenvine. This pattern is a cuff down version, which is fine with me. I've done two pairs cuff-down and one toe-up in the past and have had mixed results either way. The knee socks (one cuff-down, one toe-up) fit great in the foot, but have loose cuffs. My Hermione's Everyday socks, which were cuff down, were fun to knit, but the first attempt was too big. The second attempt was better, but still more like a cabin sock than a regular sock...and now they are lost in the black hole of my dresser.
So I'm almost a sock virgin. I have no personal preferences, no tricks of the trade, nothing to work with. As far as heels go, I will do the regular, slipstitch heel turn in Kristin's pattern, but afterward I want to try new things and see which I like best. If I had a dime for every time I hear a knitter say, the mysterious words, "Fish Lips Kiss"...
Some of the patterns I'd like to knit this year are Climb, SpringTastic Socks, Flying North, Susan B. Anderson's How I Make My Socks, Business Casual, Hex Mesh Socks have been in my queue forever, Bickersstraat, Rose City Rollers, some Hiking Socks, Fika, and Flying Geese socks like Dani's.
Any tips, friends? What patterns would you guys recommend to a sort-of- beginner? Any favorite heel, cast on methods, etc?