1. Good things come in small packages
A pair of socks will fit in the palm of your hand. You can keep a pair in your pocket (some people have cold floors, you know), or tuck em in your purse. Need a surprise present? Nothing says surprise like when you pull a pair of (hopefully new and unworn) handknit socks out of your back pocket. Can’t do that with a waffle iron, can you?
2. Socks are Commitment-phobe Friendly
New to knitting? Want to make something but don’t want to spend weeks/months/years/decades (delete as appropriate) knitting it? Don’t want to spend a fortune on 20 skeins of yarn only to find you’ve knit 2 skeins worth in 2 years? A single sock can be knit in about 10 hours with less than 50 grams of yarn. No need for any big commitments.
3. Socks Encourage Promiscuity
While being perfect for the commitmentphobe, socks are also great projects for the WIP tarts out there. Like peacocks strutting their stuff, sock yarn entices and mesmerises with their brilliant hues and infinite variety of colours. They are designed to lure us away from current WIPs and bewitch us into casting on without even realising it. Go with the flow, I say.
4. With Socks, 50% is Good Enough
No need for undue pressure. Knitting just half the project – that is just one sock, is totally fine. Knitting lots of single socks means never losing the matching sock, and always having another sock to wear.
5. Socks are Reassuringly Samey
There is something to be said about the same old same old. Cuff. Leg. Heel. Foot. Toe. Routine gives is a sense of security. We know what is coming up, we’re prepared and therefore can handle whatever the sock throws at us.
6. Socks are Cheekily Challenging
Bored of the same old same old? Want something to spice things up? Well socks are perfect for this too. Try out a new cast on. Or a different bind-off. How about a new heel construction – or *gasp* steek your sock! There is always a path less travelled if you fancy taking it.
7. Socks are Practical
Yes they are. Capital P practical. They keep your feet warm in the winter. They help wick away sweat in the summer. They cushion your feet as you walk. They help keep your toes from falling off your feet. Okay, I made that one up, but the rest is true!
8. Socks are Decorative
Who says socks should be plain black? Lime green, hot pink, fire engine red, brown with cream stripes, pink and grey, orange, purple, blue… they come in infinite colours and designs. Express yourself. Go crazy!
9. Socks are Subtle
And if you suddenly come over all shy, you can always hide your socks in your shoes.
10. Sock Knitters Rock
I’ve met loads of awesome, interesting, creative, fun, sweet, lovely, wonderful, funny, talented sock knitters who I wouldn’t have met but for our common love of knitting socks, many of whom I now count as good friends. And what do I have to thank for this good fortune? Why, handknit socks, of course!