Socks!

closeup of socks, trekking pro natura, #1607The upside to all the waiting in the airport this past week is that I got a lot of knitting done, including finishing the socks I’ve been working on. I used the “A Good, Plain Sock” instructions from Stephanie Pearl McPhee‘s Knitting Rules! , which is not so much a pattern as a methodology of how sock knitting works, which can then be adjusted to fit any yarn, foot size, etc., so these fit my feet like, well, they were made for them. Which, of course, they were.

It’s going to sound terribly geeky to say so, but I am totally in love with sock knitting. It’s kind of strange, because overall, I don’t really like wearingsocks, trekking pro natura, #1607 socks — I’d much rather go barefoot. The process of making socks is absolutely fascinating to me, though. Each one is a long, continuous piece of yarn from top to bottom, and once you get the hang of grafting (which took me a few attempts) the finished product is entirely seamless. And unlike sweaters and other things that require sewing up at the end, socks turn into socks right on the needles. This sounds both obvious and slightly insane, I realize, but trust me, it’s neither — in fact, it’s pretty damn cool.

I haven’t started a new pair yet, but I think these might be next, even though there’s a chance that the pattern be too complicated for me (it has a chart!). I have a few other projects in process now, but I know it won’t be long before I just have to cast these on and give them a try.

(And just as a note: the color in the closeup shot is much more accurate — the blues came out oddly bright in the on-my-feet shot.)

2 thoughts on “Socks!

  1. kitsknits August 26, 2007 / 10:42 pm

    OMG ~ I so get what you are saying about socks, and going barefoot, and then the whole methodology of them. It is just ONE piece of string, and just that’s just amazing to me. AND the basic sock pattern is ANCIENT. I mean it hasn’t changed much at all in all this time.

    I love knitting socks. I love the heel flap, and turning the heel, but man I can put off starting the gusset anyday.

  2. sprite August 27, 2007 / 12:44 am

    They’re even nicer finished than they were in progress. Congrats on some spiffy knitting!

    And let’s knit Monkeys together. It could be fun! This is the pattern variation I want to do — Mini Monkeys with picot edging.

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