Saturday, January 14, 2006

Socks are the answer

Trying to dig myself out of the rut, you know the "what do I feel like knitting" rut. The inspiration rut. The "I've knit 4 hats for the hospital" rut (which, while it's nice for the hospital, and keeps my hands busy, it's kind of a no-brainer activity). I don't need intricate lace projects to feel productive, just something fun and interesting to knit. I do have a shawl on needles, but with a couple of hundred stitches per row it's slow going. No. I'm looking for something quick or at least not so agonizing when I mis-count and must rip a row or two (or three). Do you know how long it takes to tink 2 rows of over 200 stitches? Let me just tell you it isn't fun. Or quick. Which brings me to socks. They're a quick knit (relatively). Simple, yet impressive, especially when you turn the heel, portable (you can throw them in your purse to take with you to the park or dance class or doctors offices). They don't take up a fortunes worth of yarn (a sweater can be a very expensive proposition). Yep, socks are the answer. I have knit several scarves as of late, and while scarves are fun, and work with the weather we have here, socks wear out and truly there is nothing as luxurious as pulling on a pair of hand knit socks. Critics can say what they may about buying socks in bulk cheaply, but the feel of a seamless handknit sock........heaven.


James said...

I'm with you about the socks. I've only made one pair and it was with kool-aid dyed yarn : ) but nothing beats a pair of hand made socks. When I went to buy yarn for the socks to try some dying with. A lady in there heard me mention socks and went on and on about how she wouldn't waste her time knitting a sock. What ever! I hope she doesn't mind if I didn't accept her negative attitude at part of my reality. Saw the hat you made with the hand dyed yarn I think you did in a crock pot. Really nice!

Lynda said...

you said it all.. ditto, ditto, ditto!