When all else fails, knit socks

See this here? This is a hat. A hat I knit as a Christmas gift for a friend. A hat I’d normally be tempted to keep for myself. A hat I knew would be very loved by my friend (I think the pattern and colour are right up her alley, which is why I picked this project for her of course), if only she could make her head grow maybe twice its regular size within the next week. Not because she has an unusually tiny head and I knit a regular sized hat. No, this is actually a ginormous hat.

I’m not a newbie knitter, but I manage to make all kinds of newbie mistakes all the time. Nothing wrong with that I guess. Whilst knitting this hat it already appeared way too big, but thinking I wouldn’t have time to finish the ONE Christmas knit I was working on if I didn’t just continue I ignored my gut feeling. Of course washing the hat made it even bigger. And there you have it, a pretty project ready to be ripped out and surely not to be gifted for Christmas. (if you know anyone in need of the world’s biggest hat get in touch)

So what do I do when I mess up knitting? I go back to knitting socks. Knitting socks is like crawling into my safe space. I never mess up socks! Ok that statement is a bit too strongly formulated, but I don’t think I’ve ever had to rip and restart a sock more than once. I guess there are multiple factors contributing to this..

One thing must simply be practice. Socks are so familiar! I know how many stitches I need, which heel to make, what toe I love to get to a perfect sock for my feet. It’s not like I don’t know my own head size or am baffled by the proportions of my torso (I do buy clothes for myself after all), but I simply make projects for my other body parts less frequently. I know socks. In fact, I bet if I leave a sock WIP on my night stand I would wake up in the morning to see a little bit of progress was made during my sleep (unfortunately for the boyfriend I’m a fanatic sleep talker, how much more difficult can sleep knitting be?).

Socks also have another dimension of added fun. I’m quite boring in the range of colours I wear in my clothing, with the exception of one or two green sweaters. But when it comes to socks everything goes! Despite how much I wish I was a person that wears rainbow sweaters on a daily basis, I’m really not. Rainbow socks however? The more the better, and preferably knee high!

So after messing up with the hat I crawled into my sock knitting safe space. I got some Regia sock yarn for my birthday that I’m making a pair of fraternal vanilla socks out of, plus the Drogon socks that have had WIP status for a longer time already now. And to end this ode to sock knitting, here’s a current picture of my sock drawer (I never tire of this view). I love knitting gifts but I always find giving away socks difficult, because adding a new pair to this collection is always such a joy.

Bonus: here are some pics of Sibbe & Iva taking turns thinking ‘if I fits I’ll sits’ (spoiler, they don’t fits, so they left disappointed).



14 thoughts on “When all else fails, knit socks

  1. I love your sock drawer! I really nee to make myself more socks, some of my pairs are starting to get a little raggedy and worn out. You always pick such delightful fun sock yarns, the bright colors are so cheerful!

  2. What an enviable sock drawer! I think I am just like you: neutral wardrobe and loud socks. I’ve been asked why I work so hard on socks if no one can see them. My answer was, “But I know they are there.” Do you feel the same?

  3. I can totally relate to what you wrote about knitting the hat. Even though I am an experienced knitter everytime I knit a hat it is the wrong size. So annoying. ; )

  4. Yes, indeed when in doubt knit socks. That is the motto of a die-hard sock knitter. 🙂 Sorry the hat didn’t work out. My sis has a very small head as well and many hats have been attempted.
    The view of your sock drawer- brilliant! Now the pic of Sibbe and Iva… be still my heart!

  5. Your blog post was already great and then ……………..there were cats in drawers. AWESOME! (Our cat has to do the same thing. He’s been in the pantry at least eleventy-billion times, but he is sure it is changed and must go in eleventy-billion and ONE times.)

    I’m sorry the hat is so large, but just maybe there is a ginormous head out there waiting for a warm hat. 😉

  6. I am jealous of your sock drawer! Not because I haven’t got enough socks myself, but because yours are stored in such an orderly fashion. I have to stuff mine into a tote bag. :))

  7. Awww, this post left a big smile on my face! Sleep knitting is a genius idea, by the way! And your sock drawer is just insane – so amazing!

  8. Right there with you! Just frogged a hat that was turning out too big and immediately cast on a sock — my go to comfort knitting as well. And your sock drawer is wonderful! 🙋🏻

  9. A great old adage, when in doubt knit socks! Your rainbow sock drawer is a thing of beauty, and I laughed when I saw your cat- if I leave a drawer ajar, they are both in there in a flash, too!

  10. Love this wonderfully fun homage to sock knitting! Hats and for me, mittens & fingerless mitts, can be tricky to get the right fit. I usually don’t make a gauge swatch for them which is just asking for trouble. Your sock drawer is amazing!

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