There's nothing like a pair of handknitted socks to make a pair of cold feet feel comfy and warm.
I'm not a very accomplished knitter, but I look on knitting socks as a challenge.
My mother used an antique sock knitting machine just like the one pictured here, probably dating from the early 1900s. But it worked and she allowed me to turn the handle as long as I didn't turn it too fast. She was able to run off a pair of wool socks for my dad in just a couple of evenings.
Not me. My handknitted socks took me at least a couple of months each!
The striped socks on the left were knitted on 5 needles using pre-striped yarn and a pretty easy pattern found free on the internet.
The other two pairs are more intricate, with fancy stitches requiring lots of concentration and a paper and pencil close by to keep track of the rows. I blogged about the pattern here.
I've had a go at baby socks and shoes too, here.