Knit Socks—Soothing My Soul and My Sole
I can knit socks (well, at least one sock). I know it’s ridiculous that a single knitted sock can bring me such pride; such joy; such feelings of adequacy! As I look down at my foot donned in this singular, glorious knit sock creation I want to scream—I MADE THIS!
I am filled with such giddy pride. It’s a feeling I equate to the times when one of my 3 children excelled at something. My daughter got an A in math — I made a SOCK! My son got a goal in hockey—I made a SOCK! My youngest learned to tie his shoes—I made a SOCK!
It’s really silly, but it’s just plain old true. The moment I was finished my first knitted sock I rushed to the phone to call my Father (the man who is always proud of me no matter what—Yes, I am lucky to have such a Dad).
“I’m done!” I squealed with delight into the receiver.
” Done what?” He asked, sounding rather tired (it was 11pm in Canada)
” My SOCK!!” I screamed into the phone, waving the sock in the air as though he could see it.
” Ahhhh,” He said, feigning excitement for me.
I think I am filled with such pride because, in my mind, knitting a sock was for those “other knitters”—you know the talented ones who could knit the most complicated things and make it look simple. I never put myself in that class of knitters. In fact, it is a bad habit in my life to put myself down into a lower level no matter what I am doing, and no matter how much experience I have.
The whole time I was working on this sock I kept thinking, this isn’t going to work out. Even when it was finished and I was slipping it onto my foot for the first time, I was thinking, it won’t fit, I’m sure it will be lopsided. But no! This glorious sock slid onto my foot and fit perfectly!!!!!
With renewed knitting confidence, a soothed soul and a soothed sole (thanks to a very cushy sock of one foot), I will approach the next phase of my knitting career—the 2nd sock to make this one part of a pair.
Has knitting made you feel this way before? Please share your knitting stories! Isn’t it amazing what this simple craft can do for our lives and our esteem?