Sox can be fun

WillyG's picture least, I think these ones are. It's all because of my indecisiveness. I loved each of the colors involved, so I tried out a couple combos.

The fun is that depending on what part of the socks I'm showing, they match...

--or they don't.
In these boots?

I love a good knitting circle. While I was working on the first sock at knit night, the gal across the table piped up and told me that I don't need to fuss over a pattern. She says that she can knit socks by the seat of her pants, so to speak, since reading a book by the Yarn Harlot. She offered to photocopy the bit from the book that really helped her get a grasp of socks, but I try to avoid copying when I can. She was able to talk me through the heel, and I was able to get the book, since we were knitting at a bookstore cafe. I'm so glad I didn't just accept the sock bit. I've been knitting for years, and I have knit at least five pairs of socks and used different approaches to sock knitting, but Stephanie gives a great bare-bones explanations of socks that, I think, makes the book worth the thirteen bucks. (Okay, I used a coupon. Nine.) It strikes me as a guy-friendly approach to knitting, discussing the how-to's of the craft so that you can make it up yourself and put off asking for directions. So there's an unintended book review of Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

And here's a little celebrity shot.



michaelpthompson's picture

I like those socks! I've had

I like those socks! I've had sox on my list for a while, but had too many other projects ahead of them, so I haven't got to it yet. I want to make some nice tall, warm ones for use in my winter boots. I hope I get to it while there's still cold weather. I'm almost finished with the Irish hiking scarf I started last spring. :-)

I ordered a copy of that book from Amazon. That should speed things along.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

rc_in_sd's picture

I love the idea that socks

I love the idea that socks can coordinate without matching. You've really started something here.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

So glad you posted this,

So glad you posted this, Willy. I've been telling folks for years that sox aren't frightening. [Well, maybe argyles, back when you knit them flat and sewed the seams.] That is why I always tell students, "Play around with them. Try different styles of heels and toes. Once you find what works for you, you will be on your way." -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

WillyG's picture

Well said! I think I've

Well said! I think I've been doing just that, and I think I found my ticket. It makes me want to knit socks.

P.S. I still want to knit socks from patterns, but I'm impressed with how many socks that really strike my interest are simple, ribbed socks. I think now I can internalize the pattern Stephanie gave in order to crunch the numbers as I go and not have to fuss with papers every time I want a portable project. And as you pointed out, there's a whole mess of ways to skin a sock.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Willy. I had a set

Thanks, Willy. I had a set formula for socks that I knit for years, working from memory, based upon which yarn and needles I used. One time, they wouldn't fit properly...I realized my feet had changed shape as I aged. D'Uh...I knew that but never figured it would happen to me. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

WillyG's picture

What??? I work with

What??? I work with elderly, so that shouldn't surprise me. I see lots of transformed feet...but I have never made the connection. Good point.

Kerry's picture

Great looking socks.

Great looking socks.

PeterMark's picture

Mis-matched is apparently

Mis-matched is apparently way in. While walking my kids to school, I pointed out to one of my kids' friends that they were wearing shoes that didn't match. That got the eyes to roll. "DAAAaaaaaD! It's supposed to be like that!" I may even have to give up the "two at a time" method just so I can do one sock at a time and not worry about the match.

WillyG's picture

Haha, I heard something like

Haha, I heard something like that, too. Far be it from me to be 'way in.' I've always been about five years behind the fashions. Or just way off the map. But I guess for once, I can wear these in consolation that, at least to teens around the country, I'm hip.

MMario's picture

Or 40 years behind -

Or 40 years behind - mismatched socks was the thing when i was in HS

TheKnittingMill's picture

LOVE the socks!!!

LOVE the socks!!! Seriously...I'm so copying your stripes/color idea. Genius!

WillyG's picture

I'm glad you like. It seems

I'm glad you like. It seems like my fits of 'genius' always come when I make a mistake.

Thor's picture

I recall the "Knitty Gritty"

I recall the "Knitty Gritty" episode where Stephanie was the guest and she was knitting a pair of socks. I sat transfixed to the television in HORROR!! At first, it was only my palms that were sweating, then I began to perspire in earnest, my head swimming and my heart pounding in my chest. I felt so VIOLATED BY HER FREEDOM!!! Knitting socks has been such a point of "Pride Through Precision" for me. I just couldn't even conceive of someone being so "loosey-goosey" about knitting them (or any fitted item for that matter! I think that is why knitting a sweater remains such a great big scary green monster on my knitting "To Do" list!!) Good for you and your radical free thinking and knitting ways. For me, I fear, I shall stick my my overly planned sock formula where I knit toe-up and account for each and every stitch before I even cast on. Sometimes it's cozy in my tangled web of obsession!

WillyG's picture

That's hilarious!

That's hilarious!

Tom Hart's picture

Thanks for the book

Thanks for the book recommendation, Willy. I've just put a hold on it at the library. Love the second picture of your feet in the socks in the boots in the snow.

ronhuber's picture

Great socks. I don't think

Great socks. I don't think it matters how you make them - toe up, cuff down, with a pattern, without a pattern, Fair Isle, plain, lacey, patterned - I have never seen an ugly one. Glad you like The Yarn Harlot. I follow her blog faithfully. I have never followed a pattern myself, although I have looked at a few. They seem overly complicated with their talk of numbered needles. I admire those that can follow them.

Tallguy's picture

The Harlot would be proud of

The Harlot would be proud of you!!

GREAT JOB William! I am

GREAT JOB William! I am ALMOST ready to try socks. I love what you did.