My name is Mill and I'm a Sock Addict

I can't stop making socks! I'm sure I'll get this out of my system after a couple of more pairs. Right? Well, I found a new favorite sock yarn (this week). This is Crystal Palace Mini Mochi (80% superwash wool, 20% nylon) single ply self-striping yarn in 107 - Autumn Rainbow. I LOVE the colorway! It reminds me of a yarn that Kaffe would have designed. This pair will be for dear old Mom. Again, these were intended for me, but the second she saw me working on them the hints started flying! I promised myself to actually make a pair for me next and I like this yarn and colorway so much I'll probably purchase the same yarn for MY pair. I have a couple of skeins of Fern Rainbow which is a subdued undulation of shades of green that Tracy picked out. One more pair for him, then I will definitely make a pair for myself! Don't I sound convincing?


TheKnittingMill's picture

The picture doesn't even do the colorway justice. It's frickin' awesome in person!

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
-- E. Zimmermann, Knitting Without Tears

leon's picture

I am inspired to try making a pair of my own. I have never tried!

He nui nga mea e taea ana e te mahinga tahi, e kore e taea takitahi.
Co-operation can accomplish many things which no individual could do alone.

You can do it!

ronhuber's picture

Ha!! Believe me you will never get it out of your system once you start. For me, it is the most satisfying knitting that exists. Something so simple yet so comfortable. You're doing wonderful job and the colour is so gorgeous.

Zilla's picture

Welcome to the Dark Side the dark side of sock knitting. Just wait till you learn the 2 on 1 magic loop system and you'll be totally hooked!

Thor's picture

I am so jealous! Really, I have tried to "catch the bug" and it just isn't grabbing me. Yes, I continue to knit socks... but I lack the passion and fire that I read in your (and others) posts about socks!

albert's picture

I'd like to try socks, but the part about them catching fire scares me.

New York Built's picture

Scene 2:

Camera pans on large assembly hall, shabby and poorly-lit, filled with folding chairs, and once 2,841, now swelling to 2, 935 obviously disheveled and sadder-but-wiser men in ill-fitting hand-made sweaters, garish socks, moth-eaten afghans and stained khaki pants.

ALL: Hi, Mill!

Camera focuses on shaking hands spilling cold coffee and the sound of clicking needles.

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."
– Francis Bacon

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

For a minute I thought I was having a flashback...... -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

brujo's picture

i never tried socks, i think i'm too lazy to start reading the pattern ;-)
bt on day i'll try ;-)

daveballarat's picture

Ohhh...I am so jealous of all the yarns you can buy, simply by going to your local wool shop. Yes I suppose I could try to order online but if it means taking a day off work, going 1 1/2 hours to other side of city just to sign for them ... anything posted gets much the same treatment, then I can't do it.
I just bought some alpaca when I was at home this week and carried it literally half way across the world... just for socks.
I have so many socks waiting for me ... my first pair were okay... my dad assures me when will wear them while watching tv... yeah... I'll choose to believe it... but ...

But I am having a holiday from socks, doing an aran... as soon as finished, back on the socks. I can't wait. I'm not hooked yet, just on the cusp. My aim is to throw out all my socks and only wear handknitted socks.
So Mill, glad you are hooked, I am happily preparing myself to become much the same ... after this aran.
Istanbul, Turkey


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

And to think...I helped him onto the path to non-stop sock knitting. Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

csmfella's picture

If you think you're a sock addict now, try using a sock knitting machine and you'll know what suffering I go through. I make about 100 pair a year...and need no more than an hour's notice to get a pair done. Needless to say I have dozens and dozens of pairs in all the yummy Regia, Opal, Fortissima, etc...colors.

And all my friends and family get nothing but socks, socks, socks for their birthday, christmass, etc....

It's also very addicting....

One of the other fun things you can do with a sock knitting machine ( is knit the top of the socks by hand and then finish the heel, foot and toe, on the machine.

I find I am being drawn to them more and more. I too shall soon be an addict.

BuduR's picture

Go into the light Tuck, GO INTO THE LIGHT!

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BuduR's picture

Welcome to the club!

I love knitting socks, they're quick, easy to take along, and if you're knitting on the leg part in a simple stockinette stitch you don't have to worry about setting it down and forgetting your place.
Although I had a bad case of one sock syndrome, which I cured by knitting two socks at the same time.

Don't worry Mill, we're here for you, to encourage your sickness, to bask in your "OMFG would you look at this colourway!" joy, and plot your death when you make us jealous. I mean, to cheer your successes, that I meant to say.
BTW guys I'm still waiting for my sock knitter's secret decoder ring.

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MMario's picture

I'd like to try socks, but since I'm already a confirmed and hopeless lace-aholic ....

I'm afraid I'd end up knitting lace socks. I'm not sure I could handle that....

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

TheKnittingMill's picture

I think you could pull it off Mario!

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
-- E. Zimmermann, Knitting Without Tears

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Lace socks are quite fun, actually. The main thing is to allow for the stretchiness of the lacework when you knit them up. I had a pair that fit a dear friend's larger feet quite nicely, rather than the person I made them for. [Even though I wasn't sure what Anglican convent rules were about such finery.] Anyhow, she loves them and uses them for bedsocks over the winter. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

YarnGuy716's picture

Welcome to the dark side of sock knitting. I used to think sock knitting was crazy, until I tried knitting my first pair. Now I wear nothing but hand knit socks, since I'm a selfish sock knitter and knit socks mostly for myself. The current Sock-In-Progress is a par for my best friend's birthday. They are only the 4th pair I've made for someone other than myself.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Another beautiful sock, Mill. Keep up the good work. I almost never give away socks anymore, having discovered the joy of making them for myself. They are great "go-to" projects and perfect for travel. I hope all the chaps who say they want to try them do that...they aren't that hard to make. Really. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

scottly's picture

Oh my gosh, my story is so similar. I always have a pair of socks going and almost never make any for myself. It's a small bone of contention between my husband and me - he thinks my my mother and sister get way too much knitted stuff. But my sister loves hand knit socks and I just can't say no to her. None the less socks are a huge addiction. As a matter of fact I traded in smoking for knitting socks. It's working out great, even though I only use fine natural fiber yarns it's still cheaper then smoking (by far) and I end up with something to wear instead of a deadly lung or coronary condition and I've never seen a NO KNITTING sign.

I love your socks by the way. I think I have the same yarn in a different color way in my stash - I can't wait.