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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Because Socks are Better in Pairs


I finished the first tiny gray sock (OK, they're not as tiny as they used to be, but compared to the big gray socks I made for Mickael, these are tiny) and have begun the second. Socks are great for being portable and easy to work on at odd times. I can do socks on the phone without having to think about them. I can work on them while I'm waiting for Caleb to do things (he's feeling better now and is back in school today). I can work on them while I'm waiting for pasta to cook for dinner or a hundred other little bites of time that are too small to pull out anything bigger. I think this is a big part of the appeal of knitting socks. Once you get a feel for how they work, you don't need a book to knit them. A simple stitch pattern can be memorized, and heel turns, gussets and toes are all inter-related to the number of stitches you cast on in the first place. So all you need is some great sock yarn (the other big part of the appeal of knitting socks), your favorite sock needles and a baggie to put it in - voila, portable project!

If you've never tried knitting socks, grab a sock book, some yarn and needles and go for it. Even if you decide socks aren't for you, you will at least discover the magic of the heel turn and wonder at how on Earth you were able to turn a tube of knitting 90 degrees. You'll probably become a sock addict like the rest of us though, if only for the ability to have a small, portable project to drag around with you as you run around doing everything. And buying the wonderful hand dyed sock yarns is pretty fun too!



Blogger Peggy said...

I couldn't agree more. Knit one sock and you are addicted. The portability and yarn choices are a couple of the reasons for sock addiction. And feeling that sock hug your feet or seeing them on a loved one's feet is such a warm, fuzzy experience. :)

8:36 AM  
Blogger PurlingPirate said...

I love the heel!!! It's my favorite thing to knit!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Sock knitting is indeed addictive. It's one of the things that makes sense in a world of knitty math where - let's face it - things don't always work out the way you think they should. (And if your knitty math always works out, then humor me. =) )

10:16 AM  
Blogger Becka said...

OH, my passion! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE knitting socks! There is no greater joy in knitting in my world! Oh, and you can do so much with socks, don't get me started, lol! I've turned my husband into a hand knit socks only man, I'm happy to say! I've not knit a sock for a girl in a while, I bet it will go quickly!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Daughter Joy can do one better. She keeps knitting next to her when she drives and can do a row on a sock while waiting for a light to change!! And knits while Ken is driving! I rarely see her without needles in her hands!

Lovely socks!

11:59 AM  
Blogger Krystal said...

Yes, my favorite part of the sock is the heel. The first time I turned a heel I was so amazed and excited! It's like a relatively cheap (sometimes anyway...) drug.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Amanda D Allen said...

I am working on my very first sock now. (More specifically, I am working on my very first heal right now). I'm already seeing why knitters everywhere are in love with socks. They are so convenient and so impressive. This much fun paired with the sinfully beautiful sock yarn that I've seen is surely going to make an addict out of me.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm working on my first sock and I am HOOKED. I started a sweater the other day and the yarn just seems so huge and clunky. It's not nearly as much fun as the yarns and patterns (i.e., Cookie's) for socks.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Well said about sock knitting - it's been a year since I started knitting socks & still loving it!

4:04 AM  

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