it is definitely vastly cheaper and more practical to buy socks than to knit them, even if you’re buying super-luxury socks.
But god, do I get a lot of satisfaction from knitting myself a pair of well-fitting socks.
I can make them super-complex in their design! I’m making a pair with a trilobite design in it right now. Couldn’t buy perfectly-fitted trilobite lace wool socks for any kind of money I could afford.