Wednesday, May 04, 2011


     and an old one at that.   Once this is done people will look at it and go meh...  The wow factor on this one will (with luck) come while knitting.
     I had another blog which I started somewhere in 2006, mainly as a notebook where I could keep links that I found interesting at hand.  Then I began knitting again, mostly because Joel complained that his place was drafty and his feet were cold.  I was all over the internet, finding patterns for socks, but there were a few problems.  At that point in time I had no access to dpn's, let alone circulars, so I had to find patterns for socks knit on straights, which was all I had.
     After knitting a bunch of socks following patterns I had found, I began to add my own personal touches and eventually came up with a recipe of my own.  I posted on that blog and began to get comments from people with the same problem I had (no access to proper needles for socks).  That was when the idea began to brew in my head - socks knit on straights that didn't need sewing.
     Don't get me wrong, I know how to graft and do it quite well, but I still don't like it.  I'm lazy and the idea of binding off and being done with an item is quite appealing to me.

     So, for 5 years, the idea rolled around in my head.  I know tube socks can be done in straights, no big deal.  But I wanted something with heels.  It took me this long to be confident enough in my own skill to come to the point where I think I can actually do it.

     There is no real reason for me to do socks that way, other than to prove to myself I can do them.  I now have access to decent needles, as most of the people who wrote me back then probably also do.  Why do them, then?  Because this idea has been in my head for so long - and it takes space.  Maybe because I'm feeling the urge to knit something other than a shawl.  Perhaps because my feet are always cold.  But mostly, because I can.
     It will take me longer to knit a pair of socks this way, but it might be the only way I get to knit myself a pair of socks, as I'll be solving a problem and that, on itself is reason enough to keep me going.

     It won't be a flashy FO, but it will give me pleasure, so I'll do it.


  1. " It won't be a flashy FO, but it will give me pleasure"

    Sounds like the best reason to do anything!! :)