Ohmygosh – you know what would be a totally great holiday present for someone, man or female, young or old? Or even just a great present for yourself? Hand knit socks! Socks rock. Click here for the Etsy listing.
When I started knitting socks this summer (summer knitting needs to be small, otherwise forget it in our humid North East) I was like “Hmm, why would people want ‘expensive’ hand knit socks when you can waltz down to target and pick up something pretty similar for 10 or 12 dollars?”
Well. Here are some reasons:
–Subsistence culture. It’s the new old thing, learning how to make essentials (gardens, hosiery, cooking, etc.) from scratch. Even if you’re not great with the four needles in the round yourself, at least having something that was made with them is a start!
–Comfort, comfort, comfort. These socks are so warm and so comfy – knit with peruvian worsted wool the fibers are a continues thread of wool, unspun, so there are not a lot of gaps between stitches making these just about the warmest socks that will still comfortably fit in a pair of sneakers. Sweaty feet? No problem. Lanolin in wool naturally wicks away moisture making your feet comfy AND dry throughout the day. Personally tested, because (TMI) I have super sweaty feet.
–Made in the U.S.A. Don’t you love that? Our country doesn’t make a lot of things nowadays, and by buying American made you’re strengthening the economy double fold by transferring money and transferring it domestically.
–Customizable. Don’t see the sock height/size/color you want? Send me a note and you can pretty much get whatever you want at a reasonable price. I’m only doing solid color socks at present, but be on the lookout for multicolors soon!