First, I have to admit I am addicted to those “fun-to-watch” knitting podcasts. I can’t help but be inspired with great ideas for what to cast on the needles for holiday gifting. Like all knitters, we put much love into our stitches for that special item that will be presented to its new owner. But, not all receivers appreciate them nor do they desire a hand knit lovely. So, I make sure that I have a receptive receiver.
As luck would have it socks are high on the list of requests. I am given free reign for the pattern and that is so freeing. I can choose a design that I have been wanting to knit. There are so many unique patterns to choose from on Ravelry. My favorite part of the podcast is seeing their WIPs and FOs that are shared each time. All my knitting for Christmas this year has been the result of my watching the “Knitting Podcasts”! There are KAL’s going on and that is so encouraging, along with threads for all to share FO pictures and ask questions if help is needed.
One of the socks knit for Christmas gifting is in the Skyp pattern which turned out so nice! I found this ribbed pattern to have a lot of stretch in it and snugs the leg nicely! Steve and Callie from Dramatic Knits podcast are hosting a KAL for any ribbed socks running from November thru December 31st..You may still have time to get a pair knit and shared in that thread on Ravelry. (You do have to be a member of most groups to participate.) Below is the picture of my entry into this knit-a-long. And …… Steve is the owner, along with partner Andrew, of Leading Man Fiber Arts hand dyed artisan yarns.
The other sock inspired by a podcaster is for daughter and was knit during an October 2013 KAL. I had that finished and put away so I was ahead of the game with these! The sock yarn was so colorful and vibrant that I had to find just the right pattern that would showcase this lovely yarn! Jenna who podcasts at Retro Lemon and is a designer of cute stuffed animals also had a KAL for the entralac technique in the fall.
I am really enjoying this spring weather! This is Memorial Day weekend coming up and I hope to savour each day. Summer just seems to fly by so fast. Well, I have knitting to enjoy each day and keep me in gifts to give!
Here are a few finished projects!
My sock knitted with yarn in my stash. Unfortunately I didn’t have the label on it. It is a lesson learned. My favourite colour is green! This really fit the bill for me! I am very pleased in how they turned out!
These striped socks knitted for my soon to be daughter-in-law. Knit Picks yarn with the Mixed Berries colorway
Now here is a picture of cabled socks I am making for my daughter Crissy Marie. She turns 21 the end of May! This is swap yarn from ravelry that was sent to me in a trade I am using. It is a discontinued brand and I like this yarn. It really is nice for the stitch definition for the cables.
The sock pattern for the above cabled sock is the Socks in a Box set by Charlene Church and Beth Parrott. It is the 2 x 2 cables pattern.
I am working on finishing my other son’s sock as I do have one done. Here is a picture I took of it in progress to share that I started! Zitron XXL sock yarn and I really like this for its feel and heaviness. I think this is a workhorse of a yarn for guys socks.
This is just a plain sock pattern. I did cuff down with the stockinette stitch with the gusset and decreased for heel and toe. My son really likes the colorway! He is a big fan of red!
Here is a cute picture below to share of all three socks. The photo was taken for me on Mother’s Day at my son’s home!
I am planning on starting an Estonian shawl for my mother as soon as this red sock is done. I can’t wait to cast on and share this! I am off now to knit……
Stay safe over the Memorial Day Holiday everyone and Happy Knitting!
My son’s birthday was coming up fast. March 8th to be exact. He had been waiting a full year for his socks to be knit. Time moves along at a fast pace and being tied up last March I never got them done. So, I was determined to get his socks done this year. I must add that he is 23 yrs old now and quite a patient fellow. I worked diligently to get this finished so I could hand them to him this year.
I am thrilled that they turned out beautiful. The yarn that I used is the Zitron XXL and I really liked the colorway. He did pick this out himself. My other son has picked out a Zitron XXL yarn as well and since his birthday is in August I will be working to get these done too.
I have made many pairs of socks these past few years and I have devised my own sock pattern at this point. The striping is awful busy so I put a solid color toe on the sock and it really completes it. At least I think so. Sock knitting can be so addictive!
Some of my fav yarns for socks are: (Not in any particular order)
Dream In Color Smooshy – Zitron XXL – Knit Picks Felici
Above is a picture of my son’s legs sporting his new socks and he did have a Happy Birthday!