Socks – finally!

April 30, 2011

Before I’d knit a lace shawl, I had that on my to-do list of things I’d need to make in order to consider myself a “real” knitter. (I know, I know — there’s no knitting scorecard or knitting police who keep track of these things. I readily admit it’s all in my own head.)

The second item on my list was “a pair of socks that fit and feel good.” I’ve been pondering why it’s taken me ages and ages to get on the sock bandwagon. My current thoughts:

– I didn’t think knit socks would be comfortable.
– I didn’t think that I or anyone else in my family would want to wear knit socks.
– The whole second-sock phenomenon spooked me a bit. I was afraid that I’d knit a sock and have no desire to make another. My attention would flip to a new pattern or yarn, and I’d be left with an orphan sock.

Well, I was wrong on all counts.  I’ve knit two pair of lovely socks and have just started a third.

What I like about knitting socks:

Portability — easy to stuff in a pocket or bag and take pretty much anywhere: dentist’s office, subway or bus, early morning flight, or basketball tournament (to name a few).

ribbed top of sock knit with Noro next to orange juice on plane flight

Low boredom factor — you never do anything for very long when you’re knitting a sock.  You start at the top (at least, that’s where I’ve started so far. I’ll do a toe-up sock one of these days) with the ribbing. After a few inches, you’re on to the leg, patterned or not. Then it’s time to turn the heel, a very nifty bit of yarn engineering. You catch your breath, pat yourself on the back, and move on to the foot. When it’s long enough, you taper to the toes and voila, a sock!

sock knit with Noro on gym floor with basketball game in background

Challenge — so far, I’ve only knit a very basic sock, using the Yarn Harlot’s basic recipe pattern from Knitting Rules, but I know that there’s nearly no end to the nifty things you can do with socks — color, stripes, lace, etc.

I challenged myself a bit with the pair I knit with a lovely Noro yarn (the name of which escapes me at the moment). I could have just started the second sock with the yarn that was coming off the ball when I finished sock #1, but I wanted to see if I could make a matched pair, one where the color changes lined up. And I did.

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5 Responses to “Socks – finally!”


  1. […] pair — not to actually make them but to tackle the project. Looking back, I realize that all the features of socks that I loved in that first pair still hold true nearly six years […]

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  2. Anne Says:

    They’re beautiful!

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    • Mary Ann Says:

      Thanks, Anne. I really was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed making them. Do you have a favorite sock pattern?

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  3. Anna Gretta Says:

    Just fabulous !!!! Good on ya !

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    • Mary Ann Says:

      Thank you, dear Anna. I’m going to dig out that lovely baby blanket pattern you sent me because I just found out my sweet husband’s cousin is pregnant (not due ’til October).

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