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Christmas in July socks.

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IMG_1988For Christmas Eve, Chris and I had had plans to drive up to Duluth and spend the holiday with his parents. However, it was not to be, as a snow storm came that day and we decided it wasn’t worth the risk to be on the road for two and a half hours. Because of the change of plans, we were then able to go to my grandpa’s house to spend Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family. There was only one problem: I didn’t have a gift for the white elephant game. No problem, though. I’d just baked lots of gingerbread cookies, so I boxed them up and put them in a gift bag. I was unsure of the dollar amount that the gifts were supposed to be, though, so I threw in a little something extra. Okay a lot extra: a coupon for a handknit item of the recipient’s choice. When we got there I found out that the spending limit had been $10, and most people got gag gifts. So, guess which gift was the most fought over and stolen in the stealing round? Yep, the handknit coupon. People would yell out, “Where’s the socks?” or “Where’s my scarf?” when they rolled doubles and jumped up to steal. It was great. My cousin’s husband (so my cousin-in-law?) got the gift in the end, and asked for a pair of socks. On my coupon I specified that there would be a 3-4 month waiting period for the socks, and, well, it’s been a lot longer than that, and he still hasn’t gotten the socks. But they’re finally completed! I actually had to rip out and re-knit one whole sock after grossly misjudging the size, so that’s partly why they’re so late.

And, finishing those has given me the chance to finally start on a pair of socks for Chris, which he has been looking forward to almost since we started dating. These are going much faster, now that I have a “weekend” built into my weeks in the middle of the week.

IMG_1993Details for the socks:
Yarn: Plymouth Happy Feet. Color #18 for Chris’s socks, and I don’t know for sure the color for the Christmas socks, but it looks like #3 on this page.
Pattern: Wendy Johnson’s Generic Toe-up Sock Pattern.
Needles: Knitpicks harmony wood dpns, size 2

Yarn review: This was the first time I’ve used this yarn, and I really like it. It’s got a very fluffy, squishy texture compared to what I’m used to. The socks feel really soft, and it was really satisfying to knit with. I purchased the yarn at Yarn Harbor in Duluth.


Written by nikkinbird

July 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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