It has been a miserable winter. About five years ago or so I saw some really awesome candy corn patterned knitted socks on Etsy. I regret not buying them now, because I've wanted them ever since. I think I'd only take up knitting just to make socks.
It definitely has. Socks are such a utilitarian benefit of knitting. I haven't quite gotten to where I work on them consistently, but it just feels really good wearing your handmade socks around all day! It's different from accessories like cowls… I guess because they're more necessary? I'm not sure if I can really explain it.