This weekend my friend told me that her nephew is five years old. That nephew was one of the first to receive a pair of baby socks from me which made me realize that it’s a little over five years ago that I knit my first baby sock. It sounds about right, I remember one of my own nephews getting a pair of socks as well and he must have been a few months old when he got them. He will be six in November. Five years is not a very long time and it’s amazing how much you can learn in just five years. Now a baby sock is nothing and often feels a little smallish but only as long as I compare it to other knitted gifts. A baby sock still takes about two to three hours to make and you have to make two so it’s not smallish when you actually thing about it. I still prefer making cardigans though but sometimes I don’t have the time.
I need a reminder that making socks isn’t as easy as I think it is, I’ve only been making them for five years and before that I didn’t know how to do it. Hand knit socks are still hand knit socks and I don’t think of a pair of adult socks as smallish. It’s a good way to prevent the speed blindness to think of the first pair of socks, or whatever it is, you made and compare them to what you make today. Not only does it take four to six hours to make a pair of baby socks, it’s also a skill I’ve honed for more than five years which would make me a pretty good sock knitter and these baby socks more valuable than the ones I first made. That is a very appealing thought. Not only that, I’m also very happy with the latest socks, the color, the lace, the yarn, it doesn’t get any better than that. Or at least not for now, ask me again in five years.