Socks are what caused my two-year detour away from quilting. Specifically, hand knitted socks. If you've never had the luxury of wearing a pair of hand knitted socks then you have no idea what you are missing. I'll never go back to store-bought socks again. These hug my feet like a second skin, are cozy warm, and fit perfectly. There are literally thousands of sock patterns available, from simple "Plain Vanilla" to fancy lace, colorwork and fair isle, cables and twisted stitches and more. I always have a pair of socks on my needles - right now I have 12 pair!
Of course, having beautiful socks necessitated buying new shoes. Shoes a bit bigger to make room for cushy socks. Shoes that leave some of the foot bare so the socks show. I'm even thinking about making myself some long jumper dresses so the socks show below the hem!
I've decided to include a sock a day here on my blog, which should inspire me to get back to those 12 pair on my needles!
Today's socks, which I call "Blue Lagoon", were designed by my knitting friend Betsy McCarthy. Her sock book, both the old and new edition, are two of the many sock books in my library. This design, which she calls "Peaks and Valleys" is a simple two row ribbed lace pattern that I've done several times. The yarn is ONline Supersock 100.
My user name on Ravelry is "hardenbrookgirl". How many of you knit? How many have knitted socks? They are SO much fun to make - and quick!