PSA: SOCKS!

7:00:00 PM


It's been an relatively-- how should I put this?... Interesting Knitcation?
It's amazing how time flies the older you get. At 27, there aren't enough hours in a day anymore! Where oh where does the time go? And to think I spent most of that time knitting socks! S.O.C.K.S! Socks SOCKS! -- The one knitted garment I avoided like the plague! Now it seems I can't get enough of them.

Maybe it was the post Rhinebeck yarn overload, or stressing over a few incorrect rows on my Orchid Thief Shawl (Which is still only a few rows short of being cast off!), or that I had a skein of yarn I was crazy about but didn't know what else to knit with it.

For whatever reason, there was something about knitting a sock that appealed to me at the moment. I didn't even want to knit a fancy sock, with cables or lace.... just a plain, vanilla sock. So I cast on, and after I got past the k2, p2 ribbing, and an inch into plain stockinette, I couldn't stop watching this thing grow. The colors were knitting up so nicely, and then I got to the heel, knit that up and turned it I was sold! At that moment, I gained total and utter respect for feet. They have a bizarre yet magnificent shape-- as smelly as they sometimes are.

Kitchener Stitch
I feel like I've betrayed the non-sock-knitters sect. You must think I've joined the dark side, never to return! It would appear that way, since I've ordered a few skeins of sock yarn, and a sock blocker (1 because when I placed the order, I thought they came in pairs! Oops.) I've also promised Dennis a pair, and carry my current SIP (sock in progress) with me wherever I go-- though I haven't pulled it out of my purse to knit on at any given time. I just find it kind of comforting. Please don't hate me. I sense after a few more pairs, it'll wear off and I can get back to my love of sweaters, cardigans, mittens and the occasional hat.

I look at sock-knitting much differently now. What I once thought to be a complete waste of time, and shame to have all that work and pretty yarn, stuffed into a boot -- I now realize it's more about the process: The tube, the ankle, the heel, another tube and fin. Together, with the colors, it's incredibly relaxing to do and watch... not to mention, nice to have something I can just pull out wherever and have something to do with my hands. Otherwise, I'm incredibly fidgety. Another reason to lay off the Diet Coke?


Sock Blocker ala TheLoopyEwe.com

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11 comments

  1. They are lovely and such great yarn. What pattern is it you used, would like to try it never having dabbled in socks before.

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  2. Thank you! The pattern is an amalgam of Knitmore Girl's Vanilla Socks and The Yarn Harlots sock pattern from her book "Knitting Rules"...

    I found the KG's pattern (which says CO 56 st) to be a bit too narrow, so I cast on 60 stitches, and used the Yarn Harlot's Heel instructions.

    US 1 needles
    Fingering weight sock yarn

    They fit me perfectly! :)

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  3. Reading your post makes me want to knit socks. I've never knitted any yet but have been itching to start. I even bought some sock yarn & now looking at your great looking pair maybe now I will take the plunge (or "cuff") & go for it!

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  4. Glad to see you're knitting socks and even more glad to see you're enjoying it! Next we'll have to do a sock knit along.

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  5. For a long time I also avoided the sock side... and now I always have a pair on the needles somewhere. Perfect purse knitting, and I have been converted to wearing them, so COMFORTABLE. I've even acquired some clunky mary janes which show them off ;)

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  6. I use to feel the same way, but now I get on kicks where I just NEED to knit a ton of socks. And I knit 5 1/2 socks and then I don't knit socks again for 8 months. Sometimes you just need to knit a ton of socks!

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  7. I never understood why people would waste their time knitting socks either, and then I knit a pair. Now I try to make sure that one of the multiple projects I have going is a pair of socks. I think they are just the nicest little luxury item, and not only do I like knitting them, I love wearing them. One day I will have a sock drawer full of nothing but hand knit socks (if only I could stop giving them away as gifts!).

    I just started listening to your podcast, love it! I need to join the Stash Bust Army :o)

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  8. Yay, sock KAL! And your socks look lovely!

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  9. Hi krisin
    I agree with marné: The best thing about knitted socks is wearing them - it's the best thing!!
    Oh,also I finally got to listen to the latest episode - and I just wanted to let you know that the volume was lower than usual.
    I still loved the show - but I couldn't hear it in the car - had to wait until I got home..

    ¨ Mariadenmark

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  10. Welcome to the darkside :) Hope you like it here.

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