The main reason I was never much interested in knitting socks is that I don’t really wear them. I live by the San Francisco Bay, where “summer” means perhaps wearing sandals with our sweaters once in awhile, and “winter” means boots and a light jacket over that sweater, and you’re good to go. You don’t really need socks in your boots — the boots are pretty much just for keeping your feet dry during the drizzly season. But if you were around here last winter, you probably heard me whining about how cold my feet got (still get, most days) in my studio/office/micro-warehouse, which I moved into in January. As the sun begins to shift in the sky, I’m increasingly preoccupied with the idea of warm socks and how one wears them. It seems like what would serve me best are footie socks — little guys that will tuck obscurely into ankle boots or Birkenstocks. AND! abbreviated socks mean quicker FOs, which means more of them. Which is awesome because the most appealing thing about knitting socks is exploring the million different ways there are to construct them. So bring on the little socks!
BOTTOM RIGHT: Summer Clog Socks — or, as the pattern/recipe is labeled, “Clog Socks of Doom” — really intriguing construction, but how do we feel about the business with the elastic thread? Your thoughts on that, please. (free pattern)