I think about that a lot. What did I ever do with my spare time? Then I think, I used to have spare time?? Ha, ha (to be read ironically). Anyway, knitting is the type of hobby that is both portable and interesting. I love making socks, which is of course both of these things, as well as a conversation starter.
When I first quit smoking, (five years ago!), I thought to myself, how do people meet anymore? I used to meet the coolest people smoking. It was a great way to make connections at work, even better if the boss smoked! So, I just resigned myself to the fact that the social aspect of smoking was now a write off. Little did I know how many people are interested in a person making socks.
I get so many questions and comments on the socks I’m making, it’s ridiculous! “What are you making?” “That looks complicated.” “I don’t have the patience for that!”. It goes on and on. I don’t mind. I feel like a pilgrim or a missionary bringing knitting back to the masses. “My grandmother used to make socks,” is a really common comment. Mine too! She taught me to knit when I was around ten years old and I loved it.
Of course, there was a large period of time between when my Granny taught me and when I picked it up again. I’ve been knitting again for about a year and a half. I figured since I learned when I was younger, I would pick it up fine. So I started again by knitting socks. Most people work their way up to socks, but I figured, how many scarves does a person really need? Socks, on the other hand, are super functional, especially when you live in the Yukon. And I never knew there were so many kinds of sock yarn!!
I`ve done quite a few pairs now, and I`ve made a couple of baby blankets and hats. But I still love socks the most. I love how they keep your loved ones warm and I love having something constructive to do with my hands! So, if you ever see me knitting on the street, feel free to start up a conversation! I don`t mind at all.