“My Socks”

“beauty is twice beauty

 and what is good is doubly good

when it is a matter of two socks

made of wool in winter.”

             Excerpt from “Ode to My Socks”

            By Pablo Neruda (translated by Robert Bly)


Knitting my first pair of socks was not near as hard as I first anticipated.  Thanks to Staci Perry and her video tutorials.  I happened upon Ms. Perry’s pattern and lessons doing an Internet search for beginner socks.  Her pattern and instructions were very easy to follow.  I am now a big fan of Staci’s and will visit her site for future projects. (www.verypink.com)

Being a visual learner, having a video of each step of the sock making process was fantastic. YouTube is a wonderful tool for the likes of me.  You can find almost any knitting stitch demonstrated for you by some lovely soul who took the time to video the process and put on the Internet.  Technology can be a wonderful thing. It was fun to see the shaping occur as I stitched along and when I completed both socks and tried them on for the first time it was like Pablo Neruda says in his poem

my feet were honored in this way

by these heavenly socks.

they were so handsome for the first time

my feet seemed to me unacceptable

like two decrepit firemen,

firemen unworthy of the woven fire,

of those glowing socks…

Okay maybe that is overdramatizing the moment, but they sure were cozy and comfortable.  I look forward to knitting many more socks and giving them away as gifts to my friends and maybe one day my hand knitted socks will inspire the poet in one of them to write a poem about my socks.

Happy knitting and crocheting,


I strongly encourage you to read Pablo Neruda’s entire poem “Ode to My Socks”


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