There is very little one can say about socks that has not been said a million times before – it feels that way. But thank you for asking for the cuff pattern; we can linger little longer in sock talk.
Round2: k2, p2*
Repeat these two rounds. My grey cuff has 70 rounds. This is the only downside of the pattern, it squishes down, the progress is slow. I think it is lovely in a little bit larger scale, like in these alpaca socks which were knitted with 2,75mm needles. (These socks are exceptionally nice among the ones I have made, the fit is very good, they are warm, soft and thick.)
I did give in, did order some Christmassy sock yarn for Christmas Eve cast-on. I very much doubt that after all the work that goes into my Eve (we eat a big dinner already on the 24th), I might be too tired to cast-on for anything, but in case I have some energy left, I have the yarn.
I have mixed feelings about the sock knitting.
I love socks, I wear them all the time, more than any other knitted item. I love simple socks, I am willing to play little bit with yarn and colors, but not that much with texture and colorwork. I love good, hardwearing sock yarn. I don’t want to buy expensive yarn for socks, I admire the hand painted skeins, but cannot justify spending all that money on them. For scarves, mittens and sweaters, it is fine, but for socks… too expensive for me. I mostly use Regia, Opal, Austermann, Arwetta… I am sure I am forgetting a few.
Lots of my knitting is motivated by the need, warm socks are compulsory all the year round. Even on most summer evenings, it is nice to slip on wool socks. I have tried several heels (always come back to heel flaps), different toe decreases (always come back to the one that is grafted in the end), love long cuffs with ribbing, love dpn’s (have tried magic loop several times), love top down (have done few pairs toe up). All this trial and error has rooted me into my usual way of knitting socks. I have made so many pairs that the fit is now good; know how many stitches to cast on, how many to decrease before the ankle, how many rows are needed for the heel flap and toe decreases. All tried and true. I often read while I knit, or the other way around, thus handling dpn’s feels the most natural way to go. Socks are easy to do, and make me feel productive.
The down side… I could do some adventurous knitting, be learning more, be trying out larger variety of yarns, stitches, colorwork. Socks are easy and light to pick up while reading, but how hard would it be to knit sleeves, or the back piece of a plain cardigan, which I also wear and appreciate. I wonder if I would look at this in the time point of view, I knit socks quickly, but I wonder if I knitted a sweater instead, just how many pairs of socks I would have done in the same amount of time.
When I finish a simple pair of socks, I am happy, fold them away, put in a sock drawer, cast on for a new pair. Often, I don’t take pictures of them and don’t show them here, thinking that they are not that interesting, although I am always inspired when I see somebody else knitting socks. Even though I am happy and satisfied with them, there is not quite the same thrill there is when I have accomplished something more demanding. Not having this burst of positive energy, feel of achievement and success, I eat away my enthusiasm for knitting. I see lovely patterns and yarns and at times I shy away thinking that these day I KNIT ONLY SOCKS… see only socks. Just socks. Plain old boring socks…
As I said, cold toes are quite a motivation, but such is also a successful finished item that I can be little bit proud of. I love socks, don’t get me wrong and will keep knitting them, but I must confess, the plain way I make them, they don’t make me feel proud of my work.
I am little bit scared to say this out loud, because I don’t want to sound obnoxious. There are lots of sock designers out there making beautiful patterns and adventurous socks, socks are not boring, but mine are… and yet I love wearing them. Maybe I need to reconsider, try out something different.
Do you have the same kind of dilemma? Is this just Christmas angst that is creeping into my sock knitting? Or is it time to cast on for something else, something new and interesting? (In addition … to sock knitting.)
Wool with you,
PS. Again, just rambling, thoughts that wander through my head during the day while I potter along in my daily tasks… Thoughts that I might have forgotten come tomorrow… Benefits of being old, no need to take oneself or one’s opinions too seriously.
PPS. The pictures were taken yesterday while in town.