Tuesday, January 22, 2013

No Small Feat

At the beginning of the year, one of my friends noticed I was working on a pair of socks. She innocently asked if it was the same pair that I had been carrying around for months. When I admitted that yes, it was, she told me to just finish them already! So I did. And I wondered what had taken so long. The pattern wasn't difficult. I just had many other projects on the needles. I had finished a lot of them just not my backup socks.
And then I realized that socks really don't take me a long time to knit. They actually go quite quickly, and even with my large feet, I very much enjoy the process. So, using a skein of yarn I recently bought in celebration of 10 years of Knitty, I cast on for another pair right away. Not venturing far from the celebration, I chose a pattern from knitty as well. Instead of my usual two at a time, I focused on one sock using DPNs. It flew off the needles. And I realized I need to knit plain socks all the time. The ease of the stockinette is a great compliment for my time with kiddos. I can easily pick it up and put it down. I don't lose my place in charts or forget the patterning. It was fantastic.
So after less than two weeks I have a pair of socks for my feet, which is no small feat in my mind (pun very much intended). And I am already casting on for another. They are very portable and small, which makes them perfect for our life out and about town. Plus socks always fit. These discoveries are too big to pass. I guess I am a sock convert.
with Nicole as part of crafting on...

13 comments:

  1. they look great! now i must seem them on your feet. :)

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  2. Good for you Heather!
    I have a pair of socks I have been working on for almost a year and still haven't finished; I am on the foot of both pairs and really I should follow your example and just finish them!

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  3. That is a lovely cuff, pretty socks!

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  4. Love the colors!

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  5. they are beautiful heather. and everything you wrote is just how i used to feel too, although i stopped knitting socks many years ago. now you are reminding me the pleasure of a simple knit with lovely wool. i may have to cast on a pair too. (i love knitty!)

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  6. i have an embarrassing number of fancy socks from assorted sock clubs and books---but the ones I always reach for first are the plain stockinette ones. They just feel so good. And like you---I feel if I carry them with me, they just sort of miraculously finish themselves.

    I do love that cuff--and think that's a great idea to give the socks just a little special umph!!! Next pair....!!!!!

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  7. Love your socks.... and your intended pun! :-)

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  8. good for you! love all the wee pops of color!

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  9. You might just make me brave enough to try socks...Loved the pun! :)

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  10. They look great! I love socks too!

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  11. I love plain vanilla socks :)

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  12. I love knitting socks too. I cast on my first pair last year and am now knitting pair number six. They are a great portable project.

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  13. I love it Heather! I have been making the same sock pattern since my second pair - a simple K4, P2 repeat. My favorite part is the yarn is always the star of the show!

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