How Knitting Socks Is Helping My Relationship

18 Mar

Socks knitpicks


(Toe-up socks — a little wrinkly ‘cuz they’ve already been washed & worn…)

Sometimes the last thing we want to turn into is our parents. But, when I’m in the passenger seat when my boyfriend is driving, it’s like I’ve been possessed by my mom’s spirit. Everytime he pulls up quickly behind a car, I let out an unconscious and extremely loud GASP! (It sounds like this — HUUUUUH!) and automatically my right foot slams into the floor like I’m trying to brake. I never thought I would do this, but, well, I do and it’s really hard to control. Not only does it upset my boyfriend, but it also makes both of us stressed — causing an even greater potential for disaster in the long run (something I used to ironically remind my mom about all the time…)

Thus enter the socks — the remedy for the driving ‘part’ of our relationship.

I figured out last summer when I was working on another project that when I knit, I don’t notice the swerves, twists and turns. I instantly become much more chill about his driving and we get along much better. So, I started knitting Wendy Johnson’s toe-up short-row socks everytime we’re in the car together and it’s done wonders! (I’ve done top-down socks before but turning the heel, while fun on some level, did get a little old after a while…)

Both socks were done in Knit Picks yarn. The first was just an experiment with the technique and on the second I decided to do a simple p1k3 rib. Both are crew socks because it’s generally pretty warm in LA and anything longer would be a little too warm. It’s so great not to have to fuss with a sock pattern and to have the flexibilty to start designing socks and it’s also cool to have something to keep my eyes ‘off the road’.

I’m onto my next sock project since we’ve got so many places still to go…

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4 Responses to “How Knitting Socks Is Helping My Relationship”

  1. Sacha March 19, 2007 at 6:01 am #

    I do the exact same thing. To a tee. We both get crazy about it too. I should try knitting while he’s driving and see if that makes things better.

  2. geckogrrl March 19, 2007 at 5:54 pm #

    It’s funny but another friend told me last week that she does this too (not only with her husband but also with her mom!). I got the idea because my mom quilts and found that hand piecing helped her…

  3. Ashley March 29, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    I do the exact same thing! Ticks my BF off soo much. Knitting really does help and makes my BF happy that I’m not screaming every time he turns a corner. lol.


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