On the face of it, it seems ridiculous to knit socks.
- It takes a long time (anywhere from 10-40 hours).
- The yarn for one pair of socks costs way more than a single package of 6 socks from Walmart.
- You use thin yarn on either 4-5 thin, fiddly needles, or 1 really long circular or 2 circulars…it seems daunting and confusing.
All I can say is that I’ve been hooked ever since making my very first pair.
About 6 years ago I took a class at Lovelyarns. We made a child-sized sock. I had holes in my gusset and I must have lost focus because my Kitchener was wonkey, but I love that wee sock. I quickly purchased more of the same yarn, which was Cascade Fixation (1 skein per sock), and grabbed those size 3 needles and cast on for a me-sized sock. Again, the gussets had a few holes, but I was determined.
I found that there were tons of resources online to help me over any hurdle I encountered. And, I went to a few of Lovelyarns’ Stitch-n-Bitches. It was there that a wise knitter passed on her secret to eliminating the holes along the first gusset round – knit the picked up stitches through the back loop. WOW! That simple bit of advice changed my world.
There is nothing like a hand-knit pair of socks. The yarn choices are seemingly endless. Lovelyarns has an entire wall and more devoted to sock weight yarn (most are locally dyed). You can make a perfectly delightful “vanilla” sock by just knitting every round or stretch your skills with patterns that call for cables and lace. The possibilities are limitless. I love the myriad of construction techniques that go into a simple sock from toes, heel shaping, casting on, binding off, and grafting.
And let’s not forget portability. There is always a sock under construction in my handbag. I recently sat at the MVA for 1.5 hours to get a new license…I knit on my sock. I was waiting on line to get into the Marine Corps Barracks for their free Friday night summer concert…I knit on my sock. I got to the movie theater early to see “The Butler”, yup, sock knitting time.
There’s nothing that beats that sense of satisfaction when you’ve completed a sock…except, of course, casting on the next one!