I may have made this confession before here, as it is something I dwell on, but it still kind of astonishes me — I have never knit a pair of socks.
I have approached it, but never actually crossed that line in the yarn to knitting a pair of honest to goodness socks. I knit a pair of slipper-socks once —Padded Footlets by Mary Snyder from Interweave Knits summer 2005 (no back issues available from Interweave) and Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave.
I gave the finished socks to my mother, so they are not available to photograph, but here is the picture from Interweave/Ravelry:
Mine are similar in colour, but I knit them using Sisu. This is a lovely pattern, though I didn’t enjoy knitting the padded sole, I can see that it is an inherently good idea. Sometimes when I visit my Mum lets me borrow them, and I kind of wish I had kept them.
But a real pair of socks never.
I guess I haven’t really understood the logic in knitting something that will get hidden in shoes. I also am not in general a cold footed person. I do however, really want to knit hosiery on my knitting machine. That will almost be the most exciting thing ever (well, the most exciting knitting related thing), if I can ever get the thing to consistently work for me. I like really short socks and socks at least long enough to come up to my knees — sock patterns are predominantly designed to come to mid calf. This of course is a stupid observation because I design knitting patterns and could make whatever socks I want, whatever length I want, but I always come back to sweaters.
There are other things I have never knit — shrugs, blankets, pants, skirts, bags, pillows. I guess I just like knitting sweaters and gloves.
Would really be worth cracking out the needles for. They are by Mari Muinonen and published in the current issue of Vogue Knitting (spring/summer 2009), Ravelry link here. I think I would make them a little longer and substitute a lace wieght yarn in a dark colour, like this.
A parting picture to muse on: