Amid this totally uneventful news week, breaking news: I have hit a new PSB (Personal Sock Best).
I made a pair of socks in 2.3 days.
In between checking out New Zealand real estate and prepper websites, I managed to a) meet with Doug The Accountant, b) lay in a new store of Lara Bars (Pineapple!), and c) crank out Ann Budd’s Après-Anything Socks in what ranks as one of the most satisfying knitting projects in ages.
Why Ann Budd’s Socks Are What the World Needs Now
- They use size 8 needles.
2. They are not supposed to be practical. They are supposed to be what you dive for when it’s cold and you’re longing for some miraculous thing to happen to your chilly, chilly feet. These socks are that miracle.
3. Clever bits keep it fun: twisty stitches at the cuff and heel. Slip stitch colorwork to add, you know, STYLE.
4. Each sock is a grand total of maybe 2,000 stitches, cuff to toe. You can pretty much do brain surgery, or a challenging episode of Happy Valley, while blasting out a foot.
5. Two words: no Kitchener. You get to the end, catch the last few stitches in a drawstring, and zoop! Done!
6. These socks present, once again, the chance to gaze upon this marvel of engineering. What genius invented the heel of a sock?
7. The yarn is one of our kits, the maximally buttery Blue Sky Fibers Hand Dyes. You can make these socks with any worsted weight wool, but hey—we picked this yarn for a reason, y’all. It’s merino/alpaca. It is smooth and soft. And it has absolutely no place inside a shoe of any kind. Which is the point with these socks.
Extravagant sleeping bags for the footular area.
Luxuries for the extremities, please!