Why Knit Socks?

Beautiful examples of Turkish wedding socks.

We would love to write a history of the ‘humble sock’ but so many fantastic books have been written on the subject that we thought we would approach this blog post from a whole different angle. Keep reading…

Since the advent of the Internet, sock knitting has taken on cult status. A quick search under sock groups in Ravelry reveal a staggering 18 pages with 857 matches. The group with the highest membership, Sock Knitter’s Anonymous, boasts 17845 members. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Really, what is there left to say on the subject? Except this: We have found a sock pattern that has been written in Rhyme. We thought the journey of embarking on this ‘recipe’ would be a whole heap of fun.
If you do complete a pair of socks using this rhyme, please share it with us on Facebook. You stand a chance to win yourself a set of Knitpro Karbonz Sock Knitting needles and a lovely hank of Manos Alegria 4 ply Sock Yarn. As you are about to read a whole swathe of text we’ll pop in the odd image of a sock, just for light relief. Onward:

Knit Stocking
Circa. 1885
Presented as published in The Jenny June Series of Manuals for Ladies Knitting and Crochet A Guide to the use of the Needle & Hook.

In setting the heel, slip the first stitch, knit the second, and proceed in this manner throughout the row. Between every fifth and sixth stitch make a stitch. This is necessary to keep the width of the heel, as otherwise it will draw in. Seam or purl back, and proceed as before, taking care to always slip the same stitch in each row. The result will be a very durable heel.

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Some light relief

Next bit:

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Some more light relief

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Graffiti by the lovely Shy Lion

Last bit:

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 Are you wondering, as we are, why such a person would want to remain Anonymous?

And to end off, you decide, fact or fiction?:
Apparently the world’s smallest socks ‘less than a quarter inch long’ were made for the pet mice of Tsar Nicholas II ‘to see them through Moscow’s brutal winters.’ Unfortunately, this story has a brutal ending. ‘The art of micro-knitting died with Olenka Lanskova, sock maker to the Romanov dynasty. She was assassinated in her work room by an enraged peasant who shouted ‘If the people don’t have shoes, the Tsar’s mice shan’t have socks!’
When someone suggested to Lenin that those few, simple words should become the catch phrase of the revolution, he replied, ‘I think we’ll pass on that one.’

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We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our Manos yarns. You can read all about the yarn over here.

As always we wish you happy knitting and crafting. Don’t forget to make at least one beautiful thing on a regular basis!

 

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