Posted by: loungekitten | October 1, 2010

Knitters, Start Your Engines!

It’s October 1st!  You know what that means, right?  Socktoberfest is here!!

I will start by making a shocking admission.  I used to have no need for hand-knitted socks.  My best friend, who also knits, made a sock one time.  I asked her why she was making it, and she said she wanted to prove a point to herself, which was that she would hate it.  “There are some people who are crazy about making socks,” she said, or something to that effect.  “I’m just wondering what the attraction is.  So far, I don’t see what it is.”  At the time, I said to her, “Yeah, I’m never even going as far as you are with this experiment.  I don’t see the point in making socks.”  Ha, famous last words.

I think my first pair of socks were Wendy Johnson’s Generic Toe-Up socks (pattern), and I knit them for a sock knit-along for the Friends fan Ravelry group.  (I have a picture of them on my 2008 Finished Objects page).  I thought it was pretty cool to see the shape of the socks unfold as I knit.  I was proud I made and finished them, but I was hardly a die-hard convert.  I have yet to wear any of the socks I’ve made, though if you knew how quickly I go through socks, you’d understand why I haven’t worn my knitted ones.  Plus, I wouldn’t wear them at work:  one time an old lady urinated all over my feet!  And I’m sorry that’s so gross, but just imagine how long and hard you’d cry if that was you and you happened to have been wearing hand-knitted socks that day!

The things I like about knitting socks:

  • They are quick projects, despite the fact that the needles and yarn are tiny.  Not as tiny as the yarn and needles I’ve been working with of late, but smaller than you’d normally use for a sweater.
  • You can make a plain-vanilla pair, if you want.  Or you can make a really wild pair.  I tend to dress conservatively:  usually in monochrome, black, and neutral colors.  Or jeans.  Most days I wear scrubs.  The fabrics have either no patterning or a small pattern.  So, socks are one way to show off some personality, the way I see it.  (Now I just have to wear them!)
  • You can splurge on yarn.  They only take one (admittedly huge) or two skeins of yarn to complete.  So if cashmere’s not in your budget, but you always wanted to know how it feels to knit with, you might want to try knitting a pair of socks with it.  True, I’d use cashmere in a scarf before anything else, but if you’re sick of making scarves or something, socks might fit the bill.
  • Socks are utilitarian.  Sometimes I just knit a lot of shawls and stuff and I never wear them.  I can see wearing my hand-knitted socks more often, once my lifestyle changes a bit.  Right now, I don’t have the occasion or shoe wardrobe to appropriately showcase socks on my feet.

I’ve been knitting a lot of scarves and shawls of late, so I thought it might be a good idea to knit something else for a bit.  So I am going to participate in the Through The Loops 2010 Mystery Sock knit-along.  I made the Mystery Sock from last year,  but I didn’t participate in the knit along per se.  I started the socks about half-way through the knit-along, just about caught up, then had a rush of things to accomplish for school so I didn’t have time to finish the socks until the end of last year.

I’ll be writing more about this in the coming month, so stay tuned!

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