All Socks, All the Time
Socks are one of those things knitters are extremely passionate about. Love ’em, hate ’em–it’s rare to find someone who doesn’t have strong feelings about socks one way or the other. I was a latecomer to the sock movement. Why would anyone spend that much time and money on something you’re just going to hide in shoes and wear out? I also had problems with fit; I have high arches, and getting them over my heel was always tricky. After several mixed successes, I finally gave up after I knit a pair of socks that would not go on my feet. Right then and there, in the middle of knit night, I swore off sock knitting. We were done.
As they say, never say never. About a year after that fateful evening, the sock bug began nipping at me again, but I was leery. Knitting things that don’t fit is always disheartening, and I didn’t want to go through that again. I talked with Amy Palmer about it one night over dinner, and she, being a prolific sock knitter at the time, showed me how to adjust the heel flap, drawing a picture on the top of a styrofoam box full of my leftover mac and cheese. Lo and behold, her suggestions worked! I could make socks that fit! And with that, I became a born-again sock knitter.
My taste in socks can be summed up in two categories: plain and lace. I love the mindlessness of plain socks, especially with self-striping yarns. I usually have one going at all times; they’re great to throw in your bag for those times when you want to be social, but still want a little knitting. I love the Up + Down Socks for simple socks; whether you prefer toe-up or top-down, the pattern works with whichever you like!
Lace socks are my other love. (Lace, generally, is one of my knitting loves, but that’s another blog post.) Lace makes your socks feel just a little bit fancier, and it’s also great for when you want something a little more interesting than endless stockinette stitch in the round. Lace usually pretty stretchy as well, which means the fit is a bit more forgiving. Right now I’m working on the Corbusier Socks from the Classic Knitted Socks Collection. With an Art Deco-inspired pattern, the lace is simple enough that you don’t need to haul a chart-keeper around with you. Pretty, but still doable!
Are you a sock knitter? What are your favorite kind of socks?