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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Santa's workshop: update from the sock department

OK here are the latest.

The first is a pair for my wonderful son-in-law who wears heavy socks around the house in his Birks.
I used this really great yarn I have found only at the Yarn Haven in Knoxville although I am sure it exists elsewhere, although the people can't be any nicer. 75% wool 25% nylon perfect for heavy socks.

These are really quick socks and the colours are great. Note you purists that I make no attempt to make the patterns on each sock match, not the week before Christmas.

I also finished this pair in finer yarn for my middle son's girlfriend. I am hoping socks hit the right enough but not too much note.

I followed all the advice of the sock experts and kept my needle size small (2.5 mm) and the gauge tight  but to be honest I think these are fairly rigid and if her feet are bigger than mine we are sunk. I have sent a high priority email off to my son for confidential information on his girlfriend's foot size but I haven't heard back - can't imagine why at 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning in NYC where he is celebrating Christmas with her before they go separate family ways for the holidays, he isn't getting right back to the Workshop with such essential information.

If I have to make another pair before he takes this present back to DC for New Year's I can do it, besides I have a sister with small feet who likes purple.

And I am going up a needle size.

1 comment:

LisaB said...

Socks seem like a perfect gift in the "enough but not too much" category.

I am almost finished knitting my first pair of socks, and I have really enjoyed working on a small, portable project. It seems everyone has their preference for sock methods, but I just thought I'd pass this link along because it has worked so well for me.


This link is for a toe-up formula that practically guarantees a sock that fits. Of course, if you have no idea what size you're aiming for, there will still be guess-work.

I simply chose a stitch pattern, swatched it with my 1.75 mm needles, and then worked the numbers outlined in the formula. I'm already deciding what stitch pattern to use on the next pair and think I'm hooked on sock knitting!

Oh - I showed my socks to a co-worker last week (I work on them at lunch), and he said, "They look like real socks!" Hmmm...What did he expect, a Christmas stocking look?