When I started knitting, somewhere in the early 2000s, I didn't really like it very much. I know! Shocking! Right?!? Then, somewhere 5 years or so after that, I decided that I had to know how to knit socks. I didn't want to knit a sweater. I didn't want to knit a blanket. I wanted to knit socks, and thanks to a wonderful invention known as the Internet, learn to knit socks I did!
(I am sorry to report here that I do not have photos or any other record of my first pairs of socks. This was before Ravelry, and I was not very good at keeping knitting records and/or notebooks. Thankfully, with the advent of my favorite social knitworking site, I have logged all of my knitting since October 2007...I love the Internet! You can find me on Ravelry as PKJewelry, and you can see my first pair of socks recorded there. I still wear those socks...I wore them just yesterday! Aren't you glad you asked?)
These days, I still love to knit socks, especially for feet that love them! One of my biggest dilemmas came when my daughter started dating (and eventually married) a boy with men's size 11 feet. I have women's size 9s, as does my daughter. My son and husband have men's 9.5s, and my daughter-in-law has smaller feet than mine. When Dollface brought this giant-footed young man around, I started to get a little worried.
Over time, I've learned to embrace the large socks. I know that I will be casting on 80-88 sts, and knitting an 11" foot, but Snake loves hand-knit socks so much that I just can't help but love knitting socks for him. =D A few weeks ago, he noticed a pair of socks Dollface was wearing. They were ankle socks I had done as a test knit and given to her because I prefer a longer cuff. He stared in amazement, then said, "Your mom can make short socks?!?"
Hmmm, apparently he prefers the shorter cuff. You know what that means? It means I can knit his socks with just under 100g of sock yarn. It means they don't have to take a month to knit. It means that I can "crank out" (relatively speaking, of course) men's size 11 socks for my son-in-law - Hooray!!!
So, here's Snake's first pair of short socks finished...
And a pair for his wife...
Short socks for the happy couple, and (as my good friend Cozy likes to say) less carpal-ly carpals for the knitter. Yay! How long do you like your socks?
Thanks for stopping by, and knit in good health!