The Time I Wasn’t Knitting Socks

Confession: I’m in a sock knitting funk.

 

2019 was supposed to be the year I gave my nieces socks for Christmas (I’m attempting to alternate years with my nephews), I finished one pair and the second have been travelling in my purse longer than I’d like to admit. I seem to have completely lot my sock knitting mojo. I’ve been in a knitting rut before, but not this long. I’m beginning to worry I’ll never be into sock knitting again, which is a shame because I have a very awesome sock yarn stash.

 

NothingButKnit had a sock knitting quiz today on her blog. I figured if I’m not knitting them, I might as well talk about when I used to knit them. Who knows, maybe this will be the nudge I need.

Do you knit/crochet socks?

I am a sock knitter.

 

If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?

My current pair: many months. In general: over a decade.

 

What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?

I’m a top down, heel flap girl. I’ve tried toe up and afterthought heels, but I keep going back to my old standby pattern. I’ve tried just about every sock needle and type, but I’ve been using Knitters Pride Zing for a couple of years and they’re still my favourite needle overall.

 

Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?

I have gifted many pair of socks, especially to family. They’ve been handed down and around as they’ve been out grown. I’ve been asked to learn to darn so I could “fix” a pair of socks that was completely worn through on the bottom. So they’re definitely worn, loved and appreciated.

 

Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?

At one point I would have said yes. Right now, I couldn’t make socks for the rest of the weekend and be happy.

 

One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?

My yarn addiction problem began with sock yarn. I have a well established and curated collection of sock yarn in varying shades, hues, stripes and solids. I like a wool/nylon blend to hold up to the inevitable wear.  My favourite favourite is the sadly discontinued Nashua Handknits Best Foot Forward. I love the colours and it’s a sturdy yarn that holds up well to wear. The colours of String Theory Colorworks and Turtle Purl Yarns are quite awesome as well. My father loves socks knit from Regia. I love Knit Picks Felici for kids (it’s so soft).

 

I think I’m remembering why I love sock yarn. Hopefully I’ll soon remember why I love knitting with it too!

 

  One thought on “The Time I Wasn’t Knitting Socks

  1. March 1, 2020 at 7:09 am

    My grandmother used to knit for us when we were young. My favorite items were toques and the heavy zipped sweaters. They came out at the first sign of spring. Now we offer guests heavy socks as slippers when they visit. And there is something very homey about watching a person knit. Keep it up Bonnie.

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  2. March 1, 2020 at 8:29 am

    For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
    I normally hate sock season. I look forward to April through October, when I discard my sock drawer, enjoying the warmer temperatures.
    But I really, really love homemade sock season!

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  3. March 1, 2020 at 10:12 am

    I find when I lose the will to knit a specific project and it spills over into all things of that type it eventually spills into all things. My suggestion is to cast aside the current socks and cast on a new pair. Pick something fast moving like Monkey socks by Cookie A. They almost knit themselves:)
    I hope your mojo returns. There is something about sock knitting that is so satisfying:)

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