Sometimes I can get super envious of people who tell me they only have 2 “active’ WIPS. I can get so incredibly jealous! When a project takes too long to finish (or we get a heatwave and it’s too hot), I usually end up starting a new project. I think it’s because a new project is usually a small project. So one moment you’re working on a maxi dress (that’s lying on your lap when it’s 25+ degrees, and even thought it’s cotton it’s still too hot for a blanket), and the next moment a pair of socks rolls off your needles. Oops!
I know there’s a lot of you knitters out there who a: are traumatized by schoolteachers who forced you to knit socks in a certain way or b: don’t think it’s worth the effort. I get you, trust me. I’ve been part of group b for the longest time, that is, until the horrific (yes I’m being a drama llama) winter of 2010-2011.
So let me give you 10 reasons to knit socks:
- A sock is a complete and worthy project but it will not grow into a huge beast. They’re perfect for travel/ commute.
- SO MUCH SOCK YARN.
- A sock consists of three elements: a cuff, a heel and a toe. There’s a whole lot of different patterns that all use a different method for the heel, cast on/ cast off or what not, but the basic elements of a sock don’t change.
- There’s a LOOOOOT of different sock patterns out there!
- There’s a lot of differen ways to knit a sock. There’s also a huge amount of patterns that use different construction methods to achieve the form of a sock.
- A sock is a great gift for close friends or dear relatives.
- Sockyarn is machine washable (and in some cases is also dryer proof)
- Is nice to geek out and learn 20 different types of heel by heart.
- The remnants of your skeins of sockyarns can be used for heels and toes, babysocks, a scrap blanket or scrap socks. It totally works with our “Zero-waste” culture 🙂
- They’re just so incredibly comfortable (weird isn’t it).
These are my Fish Lips Kiss Heel socks (that’s quite a title yes), and I think it’s a great booklet (because it’s definitly not just a pattern!) if you’re interested in learning how to knit perfectly fitting socks. I personally only use it because of the heel construction (it’s very comfortable because there’s no increase/ decrease and the heel always fits without stretching).
I used our own handdyed yarn: Sticks & Cups Sockstravagance in colorway “Poseidon”.
Hope you take another step to the dark side 🙂