To many knitters, holiday knitting is co-opted or put on hold for Socktoberfest. My history of sock knitting began a few years ago when I wanted to make a special birthday present for my mother. I painstakingly chose beautiful fingering weight alpaca and then found a lace sock pattern to try. I had only been knitting hats and scarves previously, but I was sure it would be no trouble at all. The salesperson tried to dissuade me. I asked the relative difficulty of the pattern, and she said something to the effect of, well, if you’ve done lace knitting and sock knitting, it will be fine, but otherwise you shouldn’t even try it. In fact I had done neither, but I bought the pattern anyway. I was 26 and didn’t know that if a sales person was discouraging, perhaps it meant she didn’t want my money.
They didn’t come out perfectly, but neither my mom nor myself noticed the mistakes. Since then, I’ve made Christmas stockings, socks for one brother, another pair of socks for my mother, one for my husband, and finally I just finished a pair for me. I do have one sock done from the Embroidered Stockings pattern of the outstanding Knitting Lingerie Style, but it is thigh high and in a very wintery alpaca. So for Socktoberfest, I thought I would start with a fabulous fall sock – fishnet knee highs. One down already and I just started them on Thursday.
My plans are ambitious, as per usual. I plan to finish these fishnet stockings, make a pair of cabled footies from the One Skein book, and then, once I’m warmed up, tackle Baudelaire. If I have time, perhaps I’ll even start the mate to my alpaca stocking.