Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I Heart Boot Socks

Many years ago I had a roommate who knitted socks all the time. Well, nearly all the time. CiCi was a prolific sock producer. She knitted boot socks – nice, warm, thick, wool socks. I really didn’t think much of it until she knitted a pair for me. They were deep red, with pink toes. I fell in love with those socks. And I insisted that she teach me how to knit them. Then I fell in love with knitting.

CiCi changed my life. She became one of my dearest friends. She passed away in 2004 (cancer), the same year that I left my job in academia to turn my attention full-time to fiber. I miss her so.

But CiCi is in each stitch of every pair of boot socks that I knit. And I knit a lot of boot socks. And I must say that I have very comfortable feet during northern Michigan’s winters.

I’m going to be teaching a class on knitting boot socks at Interquilten. The class is in three sessions, starting January 13. You can find more information on the Interquilten website. I look forward to passing on some of CiCi’s sock passion, and I look forward to helping make more feet warm!

Here’s a picture of some of my boot socks (only the clean ones; I left out the ones in the laundry hamper).


  1. I just finished my first pair of boot socks and LOVE them. They are actually the first thing I have knitted in 20 years! I have started my second pair, but they are going a bit slower. (got to get other things do too, I guess)

  2. Looking forward to your boot sock class at Interquilten. I'm signed up with my needles at the ready!