I started knitting for the cold weather again after spending the summer working on knitted lace for our bedroom pillows. The lace is going to take awhile, but that’s fine. I don’t have time to redecorate the master bedroom right now, but I can do little projects in preparation.
Back to socks. Now, that my thirteen year old is wearing a size 11 1/2 men’s shoe. Gulp. he’s outgrown his most recent pair of hand-knitted socks. Time to knit a new pair that isn’t the same color as his Dad’s. Though neither one cares. Just me. About a year ago, I switched from using #6 and #7 dpns for sock knitting to #3 and #2 dpns which makes for a slightly longer knitting process, but a tighter knitted sock. My socks resemble some storebought wool ones that my husband wanted me to replicate.
I love sock knitting. I love creating something useful that is completely unique. Knitting keeps my hands busy while relaxing in front of NCIS at night with my husband. It also reminds me of my grandmother who was a fabulously knitter who used to knit my sister and I sweaters for Christmas every year. I also think of the millions of women and girls who sat listening to the radio during World War II knitting socks for their husbands, brothers, and sons on the battlefields of Europe.
There’s something elemental about sock knitting. Something humble. No one sees the socks after all, unlike a sweater. I’ve knit some beautiful sweaters for my kids, but frequently they prefer to wear my socks. I like knowing that my handwork is keeping their feet and hearts warm.
If you’d like some basic information for getting started on sock knitting, Sharon of Causabon’s Book has reposted her Great Sock Rant of 09