Socks , Socks, Socks....

GLADDINGVANDERIPE's picture

I am afraid I have a new addiction! My sock drawer is now filled with socks. I have no regret either.And I am still knitting some from old stashes. Right now it is -9 with wind chill of -20. I have been wearing a pair of chunky socks I made from old stash they are great! I wear them when working out in the snow shoveling etc. Sometimes for a couple of hours. Most are wool some alpaca those are very warm. I use to have to double up on the store bought ones now I don't have to do that so that is one reason I made so many.
Another is relaxation I get from it. Something about the repeating and feel between my fingers. I love merino wool over even the alpaca. Now my yarn store just received some Yak DK weight. When I was in the Netherlands at one store i visited I found some. I didn't like the feel. A bit stiff for me. However the tactual and fiber content is very exciting to work with. Also the colors you go to the mens shoppe in any store you get your browns blacks etc. You might get a patterned but usually with very muted colors. That doesn't fit me, I like variety in my life.
Then something about the history. If you think about it until the industrial age set in, most socks were hand knitted. My mother was a knitter part time she never made any socks, she did sweaters. I wore one in the second grade with so much pride. But having something crafted by hand is added touch. I feel like I am repeating a skill my female (and possible male) ancestors have engaged in. Something very timeless about this. A friend of mine who I met on my first knitting retreat told me how much yards of yarn are in one sock. Its amazing and its a continuous loop as well. I like to see that as a symbol of life sometimes you have it pretty straight and narrow (the cuff) then comes along something to put a kink in the road(the heal) but you keep going and it all levels out(the foot)
Just putting my thoughts out there on a rather cold and nasty am.

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mn-don's picture

So far I have knitted 6 pairs

So far I have knitted 6 pairs of socks, about a pair every other month. My sock yarn stash is scary but I should never need to buy socks again. The yarn that has produced the nicest pair is Plymouth Divinity my only complaint is, its a self stripping yarn and the skein I purchased had a break in the yarn. kinda ruins the stripping. I haven't ventured very far in the pattern yet, its a very plain pattern.

I just love that I can take this project anywhere and work on it. I love the looks, questions and just puzzlement I get from people. A gal in the airport actually got out of line to ask me if I was really knitting or just playing with the needles. You know those guys that just like to play with knitting needles.......

mn-don's picture

So far I have knitted 6 pairs

So far I have knitted 6 pairs of socks, about a pair every other month. My sock yarn stash is scary but I should never need to buy socks again. The yarn that has produced the nicest pair is Plymouth Divinity my only complaint is, its a self stripping yarn and the skein I purchased had a break in the yarn. kinda ruins the stripping. I haven't ventured very far in the pattern yet, its a very plain pattern.

I just love that I can take this project anywhere and work on it. I love the looks, questions and just puzzlement I get from people. A gal in the airport actually got out of line to ask me if I was really knitting or just playing with the needles. You know those guys that just like to play with knitting needles.......

colamanknits's picture

Good on you, David. In my

Good on you, David. In my opinion, you can never have enough hand-knit socks.

ILHIKER's picture

What pattern did you use for

What pattern did you use for the bulky socks? Did you bulky weight or just double up on the worsted weights? I have one bulky pattern but it doesn't have any measurements or math that take it to men's sizes.

Mark

GLADDINGVANDERIPE's picture

Mark there is a pattern for

Mark there is a pattern for worsted weight socks. Its from the book "Never Knit Your Man a Sweater*
*unless you've got the ring!" They have one for finger weight and one for worsted. I guess you could do one from regular pattern you want to use just take your measurements and then adjust it as needed. This one is really easy and I was able to work up one sock in a day and two in a weekend.

ILHIKER's picture

Thanks David. My library has

Thanks David. My library has it and I will go pick it up today.

Thunderhorse54's picture

I've recently learned to knit

I've recently learned to knit socks, and have made three basic pair from a purchased pattern. I just love them. I'm going to make so many more pair, I like them better than store-bought. I make them one at a time using the magic loop method, I haven't attempted two at a time or toe-up....baby steps. Terry

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Love your soliloquy about

Love your soliloquy about socks. A very nice description of life and its changes.

I almost exclusively wear my own hand knit socks and am almost always knitting on one. [I've even been known to use some one else's design, once in a while.] They are portable, fairly quick, and there are so many different techniques for heels and toes that they can always be challenging. If you choose.

Anyhow, enjoy socks and their creation.

Tallguy's picture

Very well put. I feel the

Very well put. I feel the same way as I am knitting. There are these little individual stitches that are put into the thing, much like our lives are made of small little moments, that together give us joy or grief.

When I spin, I think of our generations, all over-lapping each other, so that while the individuals (fibre) are short, the family is continuous because we are so closely connected. The more pressure, the stronger the family (yarn).

Isn't it odd the kinds of thought that go through your mind as you do your work?

-9?? Sheesh!! That is shorts weather around here! We are suffering through -19 and -30 temps for about a week already. A few more days to go, and hopefully, there will be a break. I'm too old for this. I am spinning some alpaca... maybe they need to be made into socks -- or full length long johns!