So I started listening to knitting podcasts in the last few months, and everyone seems to be making socks.
Gird your loins, all, because this is going to sound idiotic: in the past, making socks always seemed like it would be boring, or like a waste of time. Why would I spend so much time knitting something that's going to go on my feet, and get covered in cat hair, and used so much it might get a hole or unsightly pilling? And what if I can't get the right amount of negative ease? The horror!!!
Well, I decided to give it a try, and in a surprise to absolutely no one who's ever knitted a sock before, I LOVE MAKING SOCKS. I'm on my third pair in as many weeks, and because they go so quickly, I'm becoming like Goldilocks with the vanilla sock versions, trying to find exactly the right one for my feet.
The first ones I made were the Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock pattern, using Patons Kroy FX sock yarn in Clover Colors:
I wear a US 7.5, so I made them mostly as written. Mods include starting the toe slightly later and decreasing down to 8 stitches per needle before kitchener-ing; the toe as written was a bit too pointy for my foot. Although I can physically get these on my feet, it takes an act of god because they're so tight. The Kroy sock yarn is pretty thick, almost more like a sport weight, and on US size 1 needles it makes fabric that's like a piece of steel. I think these would have been fine, both fabric-wise and fit-wise, if I'd used a bigger needle. Live and learn.
The second pair are the Very Vanilla Socks by Jo-Anne Klim:
I used Cascade Heritage Paints in the Chambray colorway, and paired it with some leftover Madelinetosh Sock in Stovepipe for the heels and toes. I did these with a US size 1 needle, 60 stitches on both the leg and foot, and the fit is great. Tight, but not too tight, and they stayed up during an entire day of wearing them inside boots.
For the third pair I'm using the Cascade Heritage Paints again, but in the Tomatoes colorway, and leftover Baah! La Jolla in Masala for heels and toes. I'm going to try a 64 stitch leg and decrease down to a 60 stitch foot, which I suspect will be the magic combination. I'm so tickled to have a use for all of my sweater scraps now; one of my favorite things to do is mix colors and patterns, so this is keeping me happy.
I think this is the first time I've ever been motivated to hurry up with my knitting so I can have and use the finished item; I'm typically much more process-oriented and like to take my time. There's something about the utilitarian-ness of making socks that's very appealing to me at this point in my life. I can't wait to be able to wear handknit socks exclusively, but I definitely have a long way to go!