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.

knit sockgusset and heel of knit sock

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?


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Shelley Little has been a full-time freelance writer for 8 years. You can read her current work as a contributing writer at or at her knit and crochet blog

Posted on August 10, 2014, in Ideas and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I love this! I feel the same way when I’ve finished a new project. Thanks so much for sharing!


  2. It is a neat “high”, and a warm one, too. Socks are not that hard, come to find out. Next thing you will post is that you’ve figured out how to knit them BOTH at the same time! Lovely looking yarn.


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