Socks with a Little Ray of Sunshine

What else would be a more perfect start to a blog in the autumn than a pair of knitted socks? I must admit, I had only managed two pairs of socks before in my life – one pair more lopsided than the other. But even if I am not a 100% happy with my pair number three, I can still pat myself on the back for a rather decent and wearable(!) pair of socks.

It all started with the Estonian handicrafts forum, where they have declared October a month of socks. Or rather, Socktober. I have always admired (read: stalked excessively and with awe their collective projects, but never had the courage/initiative/time/(insert any other pathetic excuse) to join in. This time, I finally signed up. I mean, making a pair of socks couldn’t be that hard, could it?

And it appeared it really wasn’t. Especially when you spend your Saturday evenings at home watching 3-act ballets on TV and knitting (I know, I lead a life so terribly exciting).

I used grey Jumbo – an 80% acrylic yarn, which is a great practice material. Jumbo is affordable and comes in a variety of colours. To add a little flash, I used the yellow from the stash that I inherited from my maternal grandmother (I miss her. And I miss her socks. I could not even imagine how many pairs would one have to knit to achives such perfection as she did).

Praise is also due to the almighty internet. Without the possibility to google “how to knit a sock heel”, I would have had to go and hunt for the 6th grade handicraft books from the library. And of course, the more you surf around the more “I must do this next!”-ideas you gather. So, inspired by all the sock pictures that I’ve seen and the joy of actually being able to make a pair myself, I have decided to embark on a new sock-adventure. And this time I will start knitting from the toes!

Yeah, like I said, my life is full of exciting things… But to all of you, have a great Socktober!!!