A year ago I didn't really understand the hullabaloo about knitting socks. I would read Yarn Harlot's hilarious and passionate posts about her sock addiction puzzled as to why socks were so great. They are socks people. No one even looks at your feet anyway.
Then I made the Sea Clover Socks and the Blackrose Socks. Now I understand. Its not the utilitarian construction of socks that is addicting. It's creating a work of art. It's the small portable size, the teenie tiny stitches, the intricate designs that are just enough to exercise my brain, but not enough to overwhelm.
Blackrose (my ravelry) is a beautiful and simple pattern. A panel of 17 lace stitches cascades down the side of each sock with everything else in stockinette. It's is the perfect compromise between "mindless knitting" and "you better fricken pay attention knitting".
With a few pairs of socks under my belt I only have one question.
How do you all keep your gauge consistent when working on a long project?
My socks are always slightly off with one larger then the other. I know my mood makes a difference in my gauge. Stress knitting = tight stitches. Bedtime knitting or relaxed knitting = loose stitches. Is it because I don't block my socks? I don't have a sock blocker so I haven't bothered to do it. I've read that knitting two at a time solves this problem, but I haven't learned how to do that yet. Is it hard to learn 2 at a time on your own or should I find some kind soul to show me?