I don’t know about you, but I know that I’ve needed a little extra comfort these days. Frankly, the only time I’ve been able to leave the house in the last 4 (5? 6? 10,000?) weeks has been to take my kid on a walk around the neighborhood. He insists on walking, refusing the stroller or the wagon, but he’s (almost) 2, so we don’t go far. I couldn’t tell you what Seattle is like outside of our neighborhood, but I can tell you where all the points of interest for a 2-year-old are, including:
- The Cow Mailbox
- The house with an owl decoy in the middle of the yard for some reason
- All the good puddles
- The house with the plastic dinosaurs in the yard
- Two chicken coops
- The “Unicorn Car” (It’s a mustang, but the kid is really into unicorns right now, and he insists on finding all the “unicorns” whenever we walk by the car.)
- All the “Train Tracks” (The cement retaining walls that he likes to walk along.)
- Where the mail-carrier parks his truck every morning
We have fun.
But, while I’m wandering the neighborhood with the kiddo, looking for kitty-cats to try to pet/harass, I always wish I had a little something extra comforting (and comfortable).
And, for me, that’s new knit socks.
A good pair of knit socks, fresh off the needles is one of the best things I could imagine right now. I’ve already worn the ones I finished last week at least 3 days in a row (gross? Maybe. Comfy? Definitely.), and I think I’m going to go to town on another pair as soon as I get myself together enough to start a new project.
I might make myself a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder. They’re classic- a subtle knit-purl pattern, sturdy, cozy, and utterly practical (in a good way!). A great way to use special yarn that you really want to show off.
Or I could use up some scraps with my old favorite, the Broken Seed Stitch Socks by Hanna Leväniemi. Super cute, and way more complicated-looking than they actually are to work up. If you can knit, purl, and manage 1-row stripes in the round, you’re golden!
Or, I could really go back to the classics, and knit one of the first pairs of socks that I ever successfully finished . Monkey Socks by Cookie A! These were the first really nice, non-frustrating pair of socks I ever knit. (I wore them into the ground, then made several more pairs with the same pattern.) They’re just lacy enough to be fun, without making them delicate or more prone to wearing out. Perfect socks, in my opinion.
I’m not sure yet which one I want to knit, but I do know that I’d wear the heck out of any of these socks right now!
What’s your favorite comfort-knitting pattern?