Handmade socks for fussy feet

I’ve had foot problems my entire life. While Morton’s Neuroma is the most annoying issue with my feet, hypersensitive skin is a close second.

Because my skin is so annoyingly sensitive — contact dermatitis, allergic rashes and relentless bouts of eczema are common  — I have to avoid most natural and synthetic socks. Cotton is the one fiber that doesn’t irritate my feet.

Despite that sensitivity I can still knit with other fibers because the yarn doesn’t smother my skin so it can still “breathe.” (When my hands do get a little irritated, I just set the knitting aside until they’re better.) In fact, I had so much fun making wool-blend socks for other people that I decided to find a thin, smooth cotton yarn and make my own socks.

I bought a few skeins of Cascade Yarn’s Ultra Pima Cotton (color: Syrah) and made my own socks…just in time for Spring. I know. My timing could be better.

I’m wearing them for the first time right now. While they’re a perfect fit. I can feel every stitch. These may end up as layering socks, with a smoother store-bought pair of socks underneath, but I still love having a handmade pair of socks for my very fussy feet.


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on March 14, 2014, in Cotton socks, handknit socks, Knitting, yarn and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Very cute. I love socks!! 🙂

  2. Paula Hendrickson

    Thanks, Cathy. I hate to admit how long they took me to make, but after making socks for four other people between November and January, I was sort of burnt out. I’m glad I finally made some for myself, though!

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