And as usual when I do anything sock-related, I pondered life, the universe and everything...
and about "things". One really appreciates "things" one has made oneself, don't you think? There is that first-hand experience of the time and effort that goes into making some thing. You come to treasure that thing. Ergo, you take care of it, and you fix it up if something happens to it. So, that thing lives on to be useful again.
My handmade socks have really drilled this basic and yet game-changing notion in to me more than any other of my handmade things.
I think I am less wasteful and more mindful of consumption, thanks to the hours I have spent knitting my own socks.
Because for sure, knitting one's own socks is a very humbling endeavour. Particularly when one walks past those racks of socks in the department stores, $10 for 3 pairs.
I am often asked "why bother?" with a handmade wardrobe. Why bother spending hours knitting your own socks when it takes so looooong and they are so cheap and easy to buy?
Well, I don't know.... but I do take good care of my socks now
(my tutorial on darning is here)