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uncovered neurosis

Tonight or tomorrow I’m going to talk about socks. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve hated, loathed, despised socks. Honest. Especially the little seam across the toes. I have sensitive feet. You can ask those close to me if you want verification, but I’m kinda anal about my feet. Probably because I don’t like feet. They get dirty and smelly and walk in all kinds of nasty things.

But anyways, then, when I discovered knitting, I found out that handknit socks don’t have seams across the toe and since you make them, they fit. And now I almost love socks. I still wear sandals and only sandals from the minute it’s warm enough until it gets too cold again, but suddenly I’ll wear socks at home to keep my feet warm. And this has lead to my attempts to make perfectly fitting socks. I’ll probably never knit socks for anyone else. I’ll knit hats, scarves, shawls, mittens, sweaters, animals, anything for someone else. But I think my sock knitting time is going to be exclusively for me. Other people have nasty feet.

Ok, and now that I’ve revealed this extremely weird aspect of myself, lemme say, I’ve made some discoveries about socks and feet. And I’m going to share them. I’ve put some short rows in places I don’t think anyone else has used short rows on a sock. I love toe up socks. And I think I’ve discovered why socks never ever stay up on my calves. I like the magic loop technique, but I’m not sure I’m going to keep using it for my socks. DPNs work just fine, especially bamboo ones. I just have to be more careful about breaking them.

None of my socks are fancy because I’m not too sure how cables or lace will play with my modifications. And I’m not willing to give up my mods to have interesting looking socks. Besides, what if the designs bother me like the seams do? Hmm. Maybe I will knit socks for someone else. Anyone with small clean insensitive feet want socks?

(P.S. If this post sounds different, please lemme know. I was writing this while listening to music and I’m afeared that it messes up my writing voice. Does it?)

(P.P.S. yes, I know I wrote afeared and not afraid. I like it. I don’t know why. Apparently too much thinking about feet makes me strange. Heh. Oh my God, I’m turning into my father.)

(P.P.P.S. Does it seem weird and circular that I dislike feet because they get dirtier than the rest of the body, and yet I go barefoot because I don’t like socks? And I don’t like socks because my feet are sensitive and I don’t like feet? Would I like feet more if I wore socks all the time? I am nutty. Suddenly I’m not so surprised that I’m related to my parents.)