Thursday, December 29, 2016

socks


Warning: This post is all about socks. Yes, nothing but socks and knitting here. Feel free to move along if socks are not your thing. Can I say socks one more time in this disclaimer? 

I'm not too keen on winter! After living in Jeddah for so long, I did miss the seasons BUT I do prefer warm weather and sunshine to rainy, bone-chilling, windy greyness! So I tend to seek out things that will get me through cold weather and well, socks, not your ordinary bog-standard, shop-bought socks, but hand-knit socks, definitely make the list.

I'd tried knitting socks for quite a few years  ... and no, I never ended up with an actual pair. I'd get bored. And I had a funny relationship with knitting for the longest time,  but then who wants bumpy crocheted socks?! Fast forward to 2016 and I'd knit a couple of baby socks. By then, I had continental knitting and magic loop under my belt, so to speak, and then I came across the Knitting Expat Podcast. Mina was taking part in a sock-athon, where she was competing with another knitter to see who could knit the most socks in the month of January. I started getting that sock vibe! Then Kirsten of the Yarngasm Podcast started a Box-O-Sox KAL running throughout the year, in which you had to knit 12 pairs of socks and store them in a box of your choice. Fuelled with inspiration, I thought I'd give it a go. But then, yes, I had a baby, and things came to a bit of a halt on the sock front. 


I wore these socks for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I didn't think anyone noticed until my 15 year old daughter noticed and voiced that my socks don’t match. She knew that I’d want to hear that. She knows me well. They’re nothing fancy. No special ribbing. No lacy patterns. They don’t even “match” in the conventional sock sense. But I love them. I love that they are my first finished pair of socks. I love that they keep my feet so warm and toasty during the wintry days that we’re having right now. I love that I can make a little statement by wearing mismatched socks. Not the kind that’s in your face. Just the kind that peeps out from under a pair of jeans. And most of all I love that I made something that I can wear and feel this joy! Have you made something that just warms you right up and makes you feel fuzzy and warm?


My Sock Story So Far: 

1. Mina's Two At A Time Socks (free pattern) - A cuff down, two-at-a-time (duh) vanilla sock with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel. This was the game-changer for me ... no more knitting socks one at a time! My first complete PAIR of adult socks! 

2. Tennarisukka (free pattern) - A cuff down, ankle sock with heel gusset. I love the stitch pattern on the front and the heel.


3. Nurturing Fibres Vanilla Socks (free pattern) - A toe up sock with an afterthought heel.


My first contrasting heel! I'm a rebel, aren't I?
I loved trying the different heels. I'm not sure which my favourite is yet. But I did realise that with very little wear my socks are getting really, really baggy. So I need to reduce that 60 stitch count for sure! 

To be continued ...


6 comments:

Jodiebodie December 30, 2016 at 6:10 PM  

I love that you are knitting socks. Your sock journey is a lot further along than mine but aren't they fascinating with aim the different methods? Sometimes the abundance of choice overwhelms me and it puts me off but once that finished pair of colorfully warm, cosy socks are on your feet, it's so worthwhile. Great job and nice colours.

sharon December 31, 2016 at 8:09 PM  

This post is so joyful and it may be just the catalyst I need to enroll in a knitting class in our beautiful yarn shop in town, Ewetopia. Though I feel very confident with a crochet hook in my hand, knitting is a mystery.
Congratulations on making all of them. Just love the colors.

Imaan January 3, 2017 at 9:45 AM  

How cute are they?!! Ma shaa Allah... I think it is wonderful when you can make something that is both beautiful and practical. I am so inspired... now to pick up my needle again hehehe...

Fruitful Fusion January 10, 2017 at 10:54 AM  

Thank you Jodie, Sharon and Imaan. If you do give sock knitting a go, I'd love to see how you get one.

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