And not just any sock – a sock that I have handknitted!
After more than thirty years knitting cardigans, pullover, hats, scarves and mittens I have finally joined the ranks of the sock knitters.
There were a few things that did it:
First there was the wealth of lovely yarns and lovely patterns out there.
And third, there was my mother. She’s still in a nursing home, because although the infection that laid her low has cleared up she is much, much more frail than she was before. Right now we’re waiting for a meeting to plan where we go from here.
She’s quite sleepy a lot of the time, and so I decided it would be a good idea to take some knitting when I visit her, so I can sit next to her and knit for a while when she’s having a dozy day. Socks are so portable. Plus, my mother has always liked colourful socks, so she’s been watching this one grow, and she has been promised my first pair, in her favourite colour, when they’re done.
And so to the details:The yarn in ZigZag by King Cole. A good basic sock yarn, but I’m a little disappointed with the colourway: the changes are very short and the contrast between two of them isn’t great.
The pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder. I wanted something simple, so that I could concentrate on the construction, and I didn’t want to pay money. It’s a nice pattern, but it does need to be read carefully as it isn’t as clear as it might be in one or two places.
I’m still a garment knitter at heart, but now I understand the appeal of socks, and I’m going to try to always have a pair of socks on the go that I can throw into my bag when I go out.
Next up – my second sock!