Lolly has questions, I have answers -- I'm late today, but I have answers...
When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative, or in a class?
I started knitting socks in summer 2005. I taught myself with a handful of good books for reference and a bunch of blog posts and bloggers behind me for support.
What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
I finished my first socks in August '05, after finally giving in to the whole sock thing -- I'd been tempted from practically The Day That I Discovered Knitting Blogs. I used Nancy Bush's "Rib & Cable Socks" pattern published in Interweave Knits, using Mountain Colors Bearfoot. I wore these socks quite often last winter and they've held up very nicely.
What would you have done differently?
Not much, really, other than pay attention more (there are a couple of cable crosses that went undone).
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I have used the above-mentioned Mountain Colors Bearfoot, Socks That Rock, Trekking XXL, and Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. I have a few other sock yarns in stash, but haven't used them yet.
Do you like to crochet your socks, or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I knit them on DPNs -- I prefer four needles, but sometimes five works better. I have the necessary equipment to try 2 circs and have a tiny bit of practice knitting with that method.
Which kind of heel do you prefer (flap or short-row)?
I've only ever done a flap. I like it fine.
How many pairs have you made?
I think I have made 6-1/2 pair -- counting one pair of baby socks (but not booties) and one pair of slipper socks, both constructed with heel flaps and kitchenered toes (in other words, socks). I have one pair in progress (Celtic Braid, I'm on sock #2) and the Socktoberfest on the horizon.