I love knitting socks. They are quick to knit, and totally portable. There are more patterns available for socks, I think, than any other type of clothing. The yarn is relatively cheap (I can make a pair of anklets from Knit Picks yarn for US$2.99), and comes in lots and lots of colours.
And speaking of Knit Picks, my latest pair of socks is a Knit Picks pattern using Knit Picks Comfy Fingering (which they no longer suggest as sock yarn, but I think it works okay).
The colour is Marlin, and the pattern is from the Fancy Feet sampler kit they released back in the summer. It features one anklet pattern for each day of the week, and this is Friday.
These socks, like the last pair, aren’t for me. They will soon be on their way to Florida. I knit them in exchange for a copy of Mason-Dixon Knitting, a pretty fabulous knitting book (even though it doesn’t have any sock patterns).
Oh, and about that US$2.99 sock yarn. Well, most of the socks I make actually use yarn that costs between CAN$9.99 and CAN$19.99. Yeah, I know I can buy socks at Wal-Mart for two bucks, but are they handmade for my feet, in colours I love, and in beautiful patterns? I didn’t think so.