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Sock Talk

Progress continues apace on the February Fitted Pullover (the pattern is wonderfully compelling to knit) but not enough to warrant another post. To keep you knitting hounds at bay, I’d like to show you my on-the-go project:

Pomatomus (Rav link), knit in Maple Tree Sock Yarn, colorway “Bootcamp”.

I am, at heart, an extremely practical person. Almost to a fault. I can shut off my emotions and coolly analyze a situation with cutting logic faster than you can say “that hurt my feelings”, and for 5 years I wondered what the hell was the point of handknit socks that incorporated anything but stockinette or ribbing. I had a short-lived dalliance with the Jaywalker pattern, while not exactly practical, it did transform many ugly variegated yarns into an ordered structure that is pleasing to the eye. And making ugly yarns usable is, in its way, practical.

Theoretically I understand that there are many knitters that enjoy knitting patterns for the sake of the knitting, the technical challenge, or the art of the finished project. Me? I am all about the finished project, and its usefulness. It may be a feat of knitting, but what’s the point if I don’t want to wear it?

Anyway. I was like that with socks, until one day, I wasn’t. I have a drawer full of beautiful sock yarn (um, Sundara much?) and stockinette anklets just aren’t going to cut it. This sock yarn is meant for patterns that do it justice.

But, that means if I’m going to wear these socks outside of my living room, I need shoes that will make it possible. I simply won’t wear handknit socks with my Merrill sneakers.

And so, I made a deal with myself. If I knit 5 pairs of worthwhile socks, I will buy myself a pair of shoes to showcase them.

Worthwhile is defined as follows:

1) They must fit perfectly. (I WILL perfect the art of negative ease.)
2) They must be visually attractive (cool patterns, no pooling)
3) They must not itch, not even a tiny bit. (Mohair, I’m looking at you.)

In the meantime, I’m enjoying window shopping for shoes. Suggestions are welcome :)

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  1. Manise #

    Sundara… yup. :-) Great attitude regarding the socks. Let me know what you find shoe wise. My fleecey lined Merrill clogs are a bit tight with the handknits and once they stretch out a bit I worry that they will get scrubbed to death from the friction.

    November 5, 2009
  2. I wear my handknits with boots – very practical in that they keep my feet warm, not so good in the showcasing the socks department. I bought the boots a half-size large so that they fit with the socks.

    November 5, 2009
  3. ps. your pomatomus sock is coming out really beautiful :-)

    November 5, 2009
  4. Oh, do NOT ask the shoe question of the knitnight gang unless you want new shoes RIGHT NOW. (I guarantee that Fluevogs will come up in the conversation!)

    Me, I wear my handknit socks with medium height leather boots. But, then again, I work in a conservatively-dressed profession where visible colorful wool socks would probably be frowned upon.

    November 5, 2009
  5. Ooh… how pretty!! That colorway looks fab with that pattern!

    November 7, 2009
  6. I usually buy my shoes just a smidge on the large side. In the summer I can put supportive insoles in them, in the winter I can wear wool socks. That said, clogs fit all manner of socks.

    Those pomatomuses are just beautiful!

    November 9, 2009
  7. No shoe suggestions here (although I’m curious as to what others may be suggesting). But, your pomatomus sock looks fabulous in that colorway!

    November 16, 2009
  8. I agree with the boots — if you buy short (mid calf) ones, you won’t have to knit up tooo extra far to get a nice inch or two showing out of the top. But then you need a skirt, so…

    Another idea if you aren’t doing the clog or merrill thing are the see through Converse sneakers…

    November 20, 2009

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