Thursday, December 4, 2008

Handknit Socks

I love pretty socks. I love to knit. Ergo, I should love to knit myself pretty socks, right? Well, that's not such an easy question to answer. On the one hand socks are challenging and fun to make. On the other hand they end up costing twice as much as buying a pair and taking an inordinate amount of time to finish. And then there's that less tangible factor, the disappointment you feel when not one single person even notices them because hey, what's the big deal about a pair of socks, anyway?

The problem with making intricate socks is that only another knitter can truly appreciate how much effort went into them. Sure, there's a certain satisfaction in knowing that I made them myself, but when I think about all the time I spent, I always wind up thinking I'd have been better off making a really eye-catching sweater or hat. Thus, I haven't knit any more socks since I finished this pair. Now I'm not saying I'll never knit any more socks, but I think the next ones will either be a far simpler pattern or else a big, chunky, quickly finished pair that can be used as slippers. These days, however, I'm working on a really lovely and eye-catching sweater. More on that to come.

Socks: Knit by me from the Baudelaire pattern






Dress: Tulle
Skirt: Noa Noa
Cardi: La Redoute
Belt: Made by Mark and I
Hat: Seeberger
Boots: Bata

11 comments:

Ally said...

From one knitter to another, I totally appreciate and love those socks. They're such a pain in the ass, aren't they? Geeze. I've only knitted 2 pairs (for myself) and started a sock for someone else. However, my gauge is way off (imagine that) and it's HUGE. I've not touched it since April b/c I don't have the heart to rip it out :((

KT said...

I don't even know how to sew a button so I admire you for this! And, I LOVE THAT DRESS!!!!

sonia334 said...

Having knit a couple of pairs of socks, I feel your pain. It's seems that whenever I wear my most basic handknits out, everyone compliments them and freaks out when they learn that I knitted them, but when I wear something that took more effort (lace, fair isle, cables) no one notices. Still, it's kind of fun; like you've got this cool secret about your outfit that no one knows. And you're warmer than any of their store bought acrylic knits :)

esme and the lane way said...

Cute! I love the socks – and I wore a pair in that colour today! :)

barefootinboots said...

Love the dress!!!! What does the top look like?

Sal said...

I'm impressed that you even knit ONE pair, especially a pair that tall and intricate. I fear the sock, love the scarf. I'm a scaredy-knitter.

Also, I've been hunting around for layering skirts, inspired by your outfits like this. No luck yet, which might be fine, as I'm not sure the look would work as well on me.

notSupermum said...

I am in awe of the fact that you have knitted a pair of socks. Massive kudos to you Audi!

Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com said...

I have to take some time and learn to knit!!

knittingnora said...

HEART the socks, and the whole speel about it!~
I was laughing! Wicked job on the socks...

WendeeB said...

I'm a knitter! I noticed! Very nice. Do you use the double circular method? Or just dpns?

Audi said...

Hooray for fellow knitters! WendeeB, I use the double circular method; I'm terribly clumsy with the dpns, so I only use them for making i-cord.