Continuation of MM
Friday Thougths

At the Same Time

You may think mitten knitting and sun colored yarns have taken over my mind but, not to worry, I still love blue and I still love knitting socks. In fact, I'm quite immersed in knitting Blue Fire.  Pyromania is a more suitable project for portability and ease of knitting than the mitten project.

This pattern is something I can easily keep on track while chatting and, after a few weeks of SnB meetings, there is a leg!  A very big plus, was my ability to keep track of the "Eye of Partridge Heel", which shows my brain power may be kicking in again. (One can only hope.)


It would be very difficult to count how many socks I’ve knit over the years. I remember the first sock (c. 1991) not very fondly. For some reason the teacher picked hard cotton yarn with the end result being unyielding, uncomfortable socks. After that experience I nearly gave up, (although I knit two pair).


When a local dyer made up kits with a simple pattern and her very soft, lovely hand-dyed wool. They soon become an addiction, like potato chips, and I couldn't knit just one. I knit several pair of cozy, colorful socks for myself and as gifts.  With constant wear the toes blew out, but I still love them and can't get rid of a single one. They were my first comfy socks and, for that reason, they still reside in my sock drawer.  My intention has been to fix the toes and wear them again.


Every sock in my sock drawer brings up a memory and I can remember what was happening  as I knit the sock.  The sock above was my first bit of lace (c.1997) and the picture below is a pair of socks I made from a Stahl book (1994). The contrasting yarn was leftover from a pair of socks I knit for my sister.


Through the 1990s embroidery was a large part of my life, but I always had a sock in progress. They were portable, made good traveling companions, and were easy to carry on airplanes.  While much of the day was spent bent over an embroidery frame, knitting in the evenings gave me a chance to relax my back and still keep my hands busy.  By the time I arrived home I had at least one finished sock, sometimes two.

At beginning of the new century, and as internet access became widely available, knitting socks lead to internet searches, Yahoo groups, and eventually blogs. The short of it is, here I am 7 years later…


I'm so glad you are still here, so I can continue to read your blog. Love your socks.

Love the lacy cuffed socks! Isn't it fun to see the evolution of your knitting?

I agree. How can you throw away memories? I have been unable to and have the socks in my sock drawer (to the side) waiting for repairs. I love your knitting memories.

My first sock was in 2002 and I knit it from Cascade 220 for Dale to wear with his Civil War stuff. He still wears them! And I think knitting from worsted weight helped with that first pair - it was easy to see what was going on with those big stitches!

My first sock (I think 1992) was for Tom. They were a bit . . . big. But they're still around! Knitting socks helped me through a lot of "waiting moments" when my kids were younger (so portable --the socks, not the kids). Although I haven't been in the sock-mood lately, I expect that to change someday. Yours are lovely!

My first socks were knit from a pattern in Betsy Lee McCarthy's first edition of Knit Socks. I needed the step by step excellent instructions. But knit socks make the most appreciated gifts! I love sock knitting too, but I'm real tempted by your beautiful mittens!

Sock Memory Lane! :)

I didnt start socks till late in my knitting career, and only had knit a few, and the i discovered Cookie A. Monkey had me hooked, and i know now that for a sock to hold me, it has to be interesting, and fun to knit. I currently have at least 18 socks in my drawer, and 2 on the needles. Thanks for being my inspiration to keep at it till i found something that stuck.

OT for today, but I thought of you when listening to the podcast of last week's Splendid Table on the bike this a.m. One segment was a chat with Jenna Woginrich, who just published a book about chicken-raising, Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying. Her descriptions of the personalities of her charges reminded me of yours. She said that Manhattanites are raising chickens in their kitchens, but I think I'm just going to enjoy the experience vicariously through your blog.

I love the pair currently on your needles. The color and the pattern both so beautiful, great choice as usual :)

The first thing I taught myself to knit was a pair of socks! No one told me that socks were inappropriate for a first project, so I didn't find them difficult - I just charged ahead. (I find this is true about much of life - if we are not "warned" about difficulty, we manage somehow better than if we are leery from the start.)

I'm happy you're still here, too, chickadee!

I love looking at your socks! (Does that sound weird?)
I knit my first pair of socks in 1970 (yes, 1970) - argyles for my best friend. I'm sure she's worn them out by now...

Every so often, I think about knitting socks... And then I knit another sweater.

Love love love your socks. I find knitting socks VERY hard as I don't work with small needles much. You should sell them. I sure would buy a pair or two!

I love my socks. I love the easy comfort knitting they provide when I'm tired of swearing at the lace I muddle through!

You know, of course, it's your sock knitting that for some unearthly reason made Mom think you and I should meet...wise woman, eh? When we get over MM, maybe we can indulge in SM -- note I left the ampersand out ;)

Do you hand wash all your socks? Mine are only a year or two old and don't look nearly as new as yours!

Happy Anniversary!
my first sock was in 2003 and I too chose an inappropriate yarn - a pure cotton with no elasticity at all - heavy and saggy and hard to wear - but I still have them in my drawer as a souvenir. My second socks were Lion Brand's sock yarn in feather and fan - barely had enough to finish and they're too bulky to wear with shoes - they've become winter bed socks and I'm glad I still have them - after them I was off and running, and much like others I always have a sock or two on the needles for travel or public knitting.

Love my hand knit socks. I wish I could knot faster as I only have 4 pairs.

So true about memories knitted things bring... Here's to many more!

socks. yup. big fan here too. I have so many, that they rarely wear out. In fact, I think that it was just a couple months ago that I blew a hole in my first hand knit sock (and that's after many many years of sock knitting)

How wonderful that so many pairs have survived the test of time!

I love your sock Memory Lane! I keep a couple of pairs that I'm now afraid to wear for fear that there will be a blow out!

I'd love to see some of your embroidery!

I love my hand knit socks. I always have at least one pair on the needles. I probably have 15-20 pairs that I've kept for myself, and have given many pairs as gifts - only to worthy recipients! I remember the joy and awe I felt when I first discovered self-striping sock yarn!

Your new blue socks are going to be so pretty!

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