My feet have been bothering me lately...not as you might think, but because they're so strange looking. In honesty when you take a look at a foot...a real look...you do notice it's kind of weird. And each person's feet are very unique. We all have things we like or don't like, and in the end we notice how funny they look.
Some people love wearing shoes on their feet--either because they like their feet, they really don't like their feet, or they have a sense that shoes somehow make up for the weirdness of feet because of all their fashionable glory.
I, however, like socks. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to wear pretty and stylish socks. Shoes had to be comfortable and fit my socks. In the 80s, I can't tell you how many socks I had, and when my college roommate tore up a pair of my favorite socks running around in the parking lot, I was fairly upset (she bought me a new pair of socks, but they were never the same.)
I had always been fascinated by hand-knitted socks, but I always imagined that I couldn't knit because I couldn't crochet (Grandma M told me so) so I never really tried. I don't know exactly what the "thing" was that spurred me into gritting my teeth and figuring out the knitting thing, but I'm so glad I did. I LOVE knitting socks, I LOVE wearing hand-knitted socks, I LOVE sock yarn, I LOVE looking at my hand-knitted socks all folded up in drawers, I LOVE thinking about the next pair of socks I'm going to knit. I'd definitely say I'm having a love affair with hand-knitted socks lately.
And apparently it's contagious because everyone I know wants me to make them or someone they love a pair of hand-knitted socks. I'm going to pace myself because I don't want to burn out, but right now I'm knitting a beautiful pair of blue socks for my friend Jeff...it a lovely thick squishy yarn. I want to keep them except his feet are a size 13 men's and mine are a size 9 women's and that just won't do...