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Feb 16, 2017 07:22:57   #
sherisails
 
I would just like to hear from you all about the value of hand knitted socks. I always think of hats or scarves, but never socks. I mean, can't you buy all colors and patterns in the store? I really want to convince myself that I should knit a pair (or two), but I'd like to know...why do you knit socks?
 
Feb 16, 2017 07:26:09   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
Because they are, warm, durable, comfortable and can be knit in beautiful combination of patterns and colr runs. Try it!
Feb 16, 2017 07:26:22   #
rmhend
 
Socks are fairly quick, portable, and a good place to try out new sts. But, beware they are quite addictive :)
Feb 16, 2017 07:27:18   #
Jennydan
 
Hand knitted socks are lovely to wear and individual. However I have given up knitting for sale as the return is not worth it. Only for myself and family and friends. Still like making them.
Feb 16, 2017 07:29:12   #
marthat
 
I knit socks so I can wear them.😀 There is nothing better on my feet in winter than hand knit socks. We can all give you reasons but just make a pair and see what you think.
Feb 16, 2017 07:30:20   #
ckhanson (a regular here)
 
Well, I have to be honest.........I have knitted about 5 pair of socks and I am beginning to wonder "why?". I love the yarn choices, I don't have any trouble knitting them but truthfully, why spend so much money for the yarn and then the time of knitting them when I can go to my local Dress Barn and buy some of the cutest socks ever for $3 to $4 a pair. I think that I will use the yarn I have to make golf socks and then give it up.
 
Feb 16, 2017 07:31:35   #
Fluteplayer7
 
I love the process of knitting socks. There are so many ways to knit socks that it's hard to get bored. They are also warm. Sometimes I just need a really warm pair of socks on a cold day.
Feb 16, 2017 07:31:56   #
Cherspradlin (a regular here)
 
Hand made socks, and everything else of course, are one of a kind. They are made to fit one person perfectly. They are great to knit where you have to sit and wait, like doctors offices or in a traffic jam.
Feb 16, 2017 07:35:34   #
knitteerli (a regular here)
 
Because they are tokens of love and respect. I don't knit them for just anybody. I want them back for repair, though, I'd be mad to find out they were garbaged for one wee hole in the heel.
Feb 16, 2017 07:36:18   #
EstherOne (a regular here)
 
sherisails wrote:
I would just like to hear from you all about the value of hand knitted socks. I always think of hats or scarves, but never socks. I mean, can't you buy all colors and patterns in the store? I really want to convince myself that I should knit a pair (or two), but I'd like to know...why do you knit socks?


Why do I knit socks? Money!
A ball of quality sock yarn costs me around $15-$18 and is enough yarn to make a pair.
For the same amount of money you can buy a pair of socks in the store, or even two or three or four pairs.
I usually wear my home-made socks more often, because manufacturers insist on putting tight (elastic) cuffs on theirs, but I still have to find a pair of store-bought socks that will outlast my home-made ones, or even two or three pairs that together will outlast one pair of my own.
Feb 16, 2017 07:38:50   #
lesternewton
 
I thought socks were fun to knit in the early 6o's when the yarns were solid colors and pictures were knitted into the cuffs. Argyles were interesting to knit also. It was fun to knit with all those bobbins of yarn dangling from one's work. The socks today (which do not have a pretty knitted pattern), but only have psychedelic stripes, all look the same to me. They go with nothing else one is wearing. I do still knit heavy wool socks in solid gray wool with an acrylic yarn for myself because I can't find any store-bought ones that keep my feet warm.
 
Feb 16, 2017 07:40:45   #
Linuxgirl
 
Because handmade socks are nothing like storebought. The fit ten times better (if you swatch properly) and they are much nicer on the feet.
They are a nice portable project and fun to knit and wear.
Feb 16, 2017 07:44:23   #
PA_Knitter_Sarah
 
Have you ever worn a pair of perfectly-fitted, beautiful, and quite unique pair of hand-knitted socks? No, I didn't think so. 😊
Feb 16, 2017 07:47:07   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
 
I enjoy designing, knitting, and wearing them, and, I've found no pair of manufactured socks that can last five or more years of heavy wear. Also, since I won't spend more than $10 for enough yarn for a pair, and usually get more than one pair from combining yarn, I'm sure they're economical. I always have a pair in process.
Feb 16, 2017 07:47:32   #
berigora (a regular here)
 
EstherOne wrote:
Why do I knit socks? Money!
A ball of quality sock yarn costs me around $15-$18 and is enough yarn to make a pair.
For the same amount of money you can buy a pair of socks in the store, or even two or three or four pairs.
I usually wear my home-made socks more often, because manufacturers insist on putting tight (elastic) cuffs on theirs, but I still have to find a pair of store-bought socks that will outlast my home-made ones, or even two or three pairs that together will outlast one pair of my own.
Why do I knit socks? Money! br A ball of quality s... (show quote)


Exactly! I'd like to add that one can wash and wear home made socks many times and they remain as soft and cosy as the day they were made. Can't say that for commercial socks.
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