Writer Socks

4 Apr

Finished Writer socks modeled by Ish

They’re done!

Ismael’s Writer Socks are complete at last. These are special socks in that they are the first I have ever designed myself, and also because they commemorate my husband’s first publication.

Ish is going to college for creative writing and recently found out a lyrical essay he wrote in his first semester at school was selected for publication by a literary journal. I’m extremely proud and there’s  no better way to reward good work than with socks.

These are writer socks because:

  1. They are for a writer
  2. They are perfect for the writer lifestyle – comfy garter cuff and flap heel say, “Take it easy, have another latte.”
  3. They are perfect for the college student lifestyle – ribbing on the leg and foot keep this sock in place while the writer books it across campus to his next class
  4. They look nice, and writers appreciate aestheticism just as much as utility. Can’t you just see yourself, legs stretched out from a small café table in 1920s Paris with these peeking out of your pants? I can.

On another note, these socks match our carpet perfectly, which is unexpected and not entirely appreciated for the sake of photographing them.

Since I finished the Writer Socks Saturday evening and still had some energy in my fingers, I gingerly cast on a new project. This project was stressful for me to start, because it includes colorwork, which I have never done before and have heard some scary stories about. I was convinced I would muck it all up, ruin the yarn I bought specifically for these socks and feel like a knitting failure for all time. This was not the case.

Allow me to introduce my new project:

Time And Relative Dimension In Socks.

TARDIS - Doctor Who

I’m totally geeking out.


4 Responses to “Writer Socks”

  1. Chandra 04/05/2011 at 9:11 PM #

    As a writer, I want. Waaaaaant. Want some writer socks!!!

  2. Doctor Polly 06/09/2012 at 5:01 PM #

    I’m a writer…love the writer socks…

    But, until I realised you’d made them yourself, I was just about to open another tab and see if I could get me a pair! BRA-VO! Excellent craftspersonship! How much for a pair? Or are you all knitted out?

    –PS (my initials…no post-)

    • bpallares 06/09/2012 at 8:14 PM #

      Thank you for the lovely comment. I’m not a quick enough knitter to sell my work and make it worth it, so unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to make you a pair. The basic sock construction is very simple, though. If you’re interested in learning to knit socks, the book “Knitting Rules” by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee offers great beginner information. Good luck, and thanks again!


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