Have you ever wondered how many stitches it takes to knit a sock? Hm. Well. I did. And so I counted. Or rather approximated. For my recently finished knit sock, which has 7″ inches above the heel, and fits my size 9 foot, I counted the rows, then multiplied them by the number of stitches in each row. I did my best to count in this manner through the heel flap, the turning of the heel, the gusset, and on down at the toe area. Here’s my calculating page:
And so, the grand total number of stitches it takes to knit a sock is 13,216! Whoa. That means that each PAIR of socks is a cool 26,432 stitches. Ai! Yi! Yi!
I had no idea. NO IDEA!! That’s crazy! I have now knitted 6 1/2 pairs of socks. I’m not even sure I can do the math on how many stitches that is!! The crazy thing about knowing this, is that if anyone had ever said to me, when I began to cast on the stitches for a new sock, that I now had 13,200 some odd more to go, I would’ve put the needles down immediately, knowing there was no way I could make it through that many stitches to the end.
Can you see where I’m going with this? Life is like
a box of chocolates knitting a sock. If you knew ahead of time what each minute of your life would contain, you might throw in the towel before you even begin. You might never have traversed the slow-down-and-concentrate parts, or endured the confusing, what’s-happening-here parts, or enjoyed the easy, methodical-bordering-on-mundane parts. And you especially wouldn’t get to see it all be kitchenered (grafted) together in the end, resulting in something both beautiful and useful.
Crazy socks. Crazy Life. I’m in it for the long haul. And right now, I’m casting on the second sock to match the above.
Only 13,152 more stitches to go! I’m gonna need to remember this post from time to time.