I am not a speedy knitter. I am in awe of knitters who can produce a pair of socks a week, or even one sock. Making stitches, one after another is an almost meditative process, and perhaps this is why we all knit plain "vanilla" socks despite the fact that there are many interesting and challenging patterns available. Knitting with variegated yarn which produces a pattern magically all by itself is fun, and it generates its own momentum somehow.
Just one more round and that green will be on the needle again and I'll make a cup of tea.
So is the purest form of sock knitting that which is not only knitted in simple stocking stitch, but is also made using single colour yarn?
Generations of women (and men) have knitted socks like these. Socks for the troops (in Jaeger yarn!). Socks for wearing with a suit. Socks for wearing to school. Knitting with solid or semisolid yarn has no obvious "cup of tea" break at the end of a pattern repeat or emergence of green on the needle.
How many of you have semi solid plain stocking stitch socks on the needle? Do you feel the need to break the monotony with a cable or eye of partridge heel?
I'm knitting Wendy Johnson's Diamond Gansey socks in the new yarn which will be here in September. There are more examples here if you use ravelry. Rachel has knitted them in Toddy, and they really zing in a bright colour. She's also knitted the Delpinium Lace socks from the same book.
After years of resisting (and frogging) toe-up socks - I confess to being one of those who said she didn't like them because she couldn't actually do them - I am now a bit of a convert. Wendy's book is simple but thorough and I think I would wear almost all the socks in it which is pretty remarkable when you think that knitting books are rather like cookery books, and it is said that only 10% of the recipes in even the most well used of cookery books will ever see an oven, let alone a plate.
The camera is buried in a box, so I'll do photos tomorrow. There isn't much to see though, just the first pattern repeat. I am not a speedy knitter. I wish I was, but I'm not.