Yay! Knee Socks are Back in Style!

I admit right now that I'm not blogging today about any needle work I actually did myself. But I am thrilled to be the owner of six new pairs of knee socks. When they went "out" in the 80s, I just did what I had to, wore crew socks. But there are a bunch of great things about knee socks that crew socks just can't do.

They keep more of your leg warm when it's freezing.

They hide more of your leg when you haven't shaved in a while.

They feel more comfortable when one wears boots.

They provide a secret stash location for stuff you just don't want to carry back and forth to the restroom, if you get my meaning.

So you see that this is just a little post, with no great news to report.

However, I did buy the knee socks for the trip we leave on tomorrow, visiting the National Parks in the American Southwest. We are doing the same trip I've been on many times, with 7th graders, and most of the same teachers on this trip are returning, as are our fearless guides from Academic Expeditions. I'm pretty sure the biggies will be there too, like Grand Canyon, Bryce National Park, and Monument Valley, not to mention Zion, the last and never least of the trip stops.

To fully prepare I bought some "convertible" gloves. We never need them here at home, but when we're in snow country, I want to be able to do what I need to with fingers, not mittens! I remember as a child (in Ohio) trying to do things with my hands, and pretty much all mittens make possible is holding someone's hand (BO-ring! when you're seven) and making snowballs. Gloves weren't much better.

In this digital age, the fingerless gloves and variants are getting quite popular, because people want to have their Blackberry and press its keys too, but I mostly just want to be able to dig through a backpack without taking off the mittens/gloves to do it.
Cute, huh? In WWI, women even knitted "doddies" for soldiers. If I remember correctly, the doddy was a glove with no thumb or index finger, and the pullover cover for times when one wasn't killing enemy soldiers.

Upon what a horrible vision I end this post!

Happy knitting and sewing (and perhaps knee sock purchasing--or knitting!)


Jejune said...

Those knee socks look very cozy - but wouldn't you hate to have to KNIT them?!

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

knee socks>leg warmers. whats the point of a warm leg if your toes are freezing??

Sunflower Sue said...

Your work is impressive! I used to make mittens for my girls when they were little. I would stock up on yarn all the same color and weight. The pattern I used worked on either hand,nothing like your beautiful ones, so when they lost one I could knit them another one. There were nore than a few nights I knitted a new mitten for the next day when they had to catch the bus for school in Upstate New York.

Stacie said...

I came across your blog while I was looking for my own Stacie Adventures http://stacieadventures.blogspot.com/

I also like to knit and sew, so this was a happy find! I agree with you about knee socks; they are of course the best kind of socks! I'm looking forward to future posts.