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December 31, 2014

final fo of ’14
posted by soe 2:58 pm

Sunday night I wrote this post and hit publish and, in a rare turn of events for WordPress, it immediately disappeared into the ether. I didn’t have it in me to rewrite it that night, but I wanted to get it in today.

My final knit item of the year was my pair of Stripey Christmas socks:

Stockings Were Hung by the Tree with Care

The main yarn is Beyond Basic Knits Stripey Superwash Sock in Vintage Holiday. The heels are knit from Hazel Knits Artisan Socks in Shannypants, left over from a hat I made an important baby five years ago. And I’m not certain, but the yarn I ended up using for the toes might have been Dye Dreams Dream Sox in Cranberry (but there’s a lot of ball left, which I think means it’s probably something else, with an AWOL tag). I used US 1s.

Christmas Socks

I started this pair of socks last November, knit through the holiday season of 2013-14 and put the socks away just shy of the toe, because I couldn’t find yarn that matched the red stripe. I picked them back up in August, and finished the first sock that day. I knit the second sock off and on in October, but put off Kitchnering the toe until right before Sarah and Megan’s Christmas party on the Solstice. Yes, I am lazy.

Are These for Me?

The stripes match and I’m pleased with how they turned out.

The Vintage Holiday was a short skein I picked up at a fiber festival Sarah and I went to a number of years ago, and I didn’t want to run out of yarn, so I made the first sock leg shorter than I usually opt for. As it turns out, with the toes and heels knit out of other yarn, I had more than enough and could have gone for my usual length, but it’s fine. If I lived in New England, I’d have to come up with a way to tack a couple inches in there to make sure my legs weren’t cold. Since I live in D.C., though, our December weather is still mild and short socks are fine here at this time of year.

What the Heck, Man?

Corey thinks I should have knit him something instead.

Category: knitting. There is/are 2 Comments.

I love them! Wear them in good health. 🙂

Happy 2015 to everyone at your house!

Comment by Bridget 12.31.14 @ 4:26 pm

Love the socks!
I crocheted years ago, but recently have been trying my hand at knitting since my 11 year old daughter wanted to learn. I’ve made a scarf with a brioche stitch (very cool) and just finished hand warmers. No thumbs or anything – just a rectangle that I sewed up leaving a thumb hole. So I am so very impressed with your socks. So impressed. My next learning might be circular needles. We’ll see.
Daughter is knitting squares with her beloved varigated yarns to maybe make a tiny blanket. She’s a bit impatient though.

Comment by raidergirl3 01.02.15 @ 8:11 pm