I used to knit a lot. In fact I knit my first sweater, with buttonholes no less, when I was a teenager and recovering from major surgeries.
When my mother died suddenly on my 47th birthday I picked up knitting needles and knit a coat. I didn’t follow a pattern. I just knit…a visual manifestation of my grief.
I learned to knit wool socks about 15 years ago partially as a self-dare…oh I could never do that, they are so difficult, they are round with many needles! Not only could I do it but I enjoyed it and have been doing it since.
When I travel I knit socks. When I have to sit through an important meeting that would otherwise put me to sleep, I knit socks. Knitting socks allows my visually oriented brain to focus on the subject at hand while keeping my hands busy.
As part of my recent closet purge I happened across a myriad of knit socks as well as wonderfully designed cotton mens socks of which I have also amassed a collection. Some designer finally said heh, why should men (and women with long feet) have to wear ugly socks? So my collection of awesome cotton socks is now growing too.
Today I ventured into a store (which I generally avoid in December) and bought some nifty drawer organizers for my burgeoning sock collection. I wasn’t sure how many to buy as I was putting them into two drawers. I bought just enough with two slots to spare. I can now finish the current pair on the needles and just one more then I need another organizer or to toss some of the older ones.
I am pretty jazzed to have this art sculpture in my sock drawer!
Connie Rose says
Very cool. But how many pair of handknit socks does a girl need?
Lesley Neal says
I just love knitting socks but they don’t stay with me for very long – there is always a friend who says they are lovely and guess what they end up being a Christmas/birthday pressie – my socks are all around the world now and i often wonder where they are walking today and as like you i knit when travelling they have had a pretty good journey before they even exist. I couldn’t be without my needles and yarn
I love it that your socks are all over the world Lesley!