How did you learn to knit?
My grandma taught me when I was young - aged about 7 or 8 and I knit on and off during my teen years. I really picked it up again after having my second son and with the aid of the internet re-taught myself.
What made you decide to start knitting socks?
I was given some cool Regia coloured sock yarn as a gift. I didn’t know what to make with it so I looked on Ravelry and was instantly hooked.
How many pairs have you knit? How many do you keep for yourself?
My Ravelry page says 52 but there are probably more as I don’t often record the plain vanilla ones I do for my family. Of my ‘fancy’ socks maybe 50% of them end up in my sock drawer. The rest go to my DH who is very appreciative of handknits, or they are samples for my LYS, classes or other display.
What was your favorite pattern to design? Which one drove you nuts?
My Green Gable socks were my favourite to design. The slip stitch pattern looks really complicated but is actually really easy and great fun to work. My Samhain socks drove me nuts. Only because I had neglected to write proper notes whilst knitting the first sock and by the time I came to knit the second I ended up having to practically re-design it. Lesson learned with that one.
What was your oddest knitting experience?
Great question. Probably the time I was knitting on a small baby cardigan on a train. A lady nearby commented on it and asked to see what I was working on. I passed it to her to look at and she ended up showing half the train carriage and exclaiming how clever I was. It was very sweet but quite bizarre.
If you went on a yarn shopping spree, what yarns would you stock up on?
My new favourite is the indie dyer Eden Cottage Yarns who does some amazing sock yarn and I love the Knitting Goddess too who does an amazing range of colours. I would stock up on funky self-striping yarn too for my boys who love wild socks.