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).
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!
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.