I reserve the bulk of my knitting time to create handknits that someone will appreciate and use. Most often, the recipient of my knitting gifts is Me. But there is one other person who ranks high in the Use and Appreciation of Handknits department: my Sweetie.
Not only does she show interest in what I am knitting, she agrees to model things for me. What started as me asking her to go into yarn shops with me on vacation has turned into her seeking them out. She willingly went to Rhinebeck with me and was genuinely interested in the spectacle of it all. She knows how much time and thought I put into my knitting, and encourages me to do it as much as possible. Even if it means I don’t get around to cleaning as much as I used to, P.K. (pre-knitting).
So when she asks me to knit her something, I take it very seriously. She has an especial fondness for socks. As someone who loves buying and knitting sock yarn, this is a near perfect arrangement for me. Sweetie is the perfect scapegoat for buying additional unnecessary sock yarn: “Oh, this is a color Sweetie would like”. I typically alternate between knitting a pair of socks for myself and one for her. The Spring Forward socks I knit during the Ravelympics were supposed to be for her. As some of you may remember, I had gauge issues, and ended up making socks to fit about a size 6 foot. Sweetie is a 10.
She was due for a new pair. Last month I led her to the yarn cabinet, opened the door with reverence, and said “Pick One.” And thus my journey with the Show-Off Stranded Socks began.
Pattern: Show-Off Stranded Socks *Free*
Yarn: Artyarns Ultramerino 4 in color 136, 2 skeins
Needles: US Size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) double points
Modifications: I started out with a 1×1 twisted rib at the cuff, simply because I prefer how it looks. There are 3 different options for the gusset and I chose to do stockinette stitch. Then I followed the pattern as written until the toe. Here I opted to do paired decreases and a grafted toe for that wedge toe look.
LOVE this pattern and yarn combination! I think this may be one of those perfect patterns for that wild skein of sock yarn you might have lying around. It’s just as easy as stockinette stitch, but gives the sock so much more texture and depth.
Last fall I knit her a pair of Knucks. While they were interesting, I found the fingers way too fiddly. So when she started asking for another pair, I stalled. This past Sunday was our 6 year wedding anniversary, and I decided I could take time away from knitting these socks and fantasizing about my future sweaters to knit her some much-needed handwarmers as a gift.
I used my newly acquired skills at knitting in the round on 2 circulars to work these up. It felt a little bit faster than DPNs, I have to admit. And I really liked not having to worry about dropping a needle.
Pattern: Fetching *Free*
Yarn: Cascade Lana d’Oro, less than one skein in black
Needles: Two US size 5 circulars : )
Mods: I used the pattern for Fetching as inspiration. I only cast on 35 stitches and omitted the cables for a simpler look. They fit snugly which is great for working and walking the dog.
As usual, Sweetie was excited by these surprise mitts and has been wearing them regularly. It’s a good thing I have some yarn leftover; I can see needing to make another pair when she wears these out in 10 minutes!
Two Finished Objects this week! It felt so good to finish things that I also went on a frogging spree. I ripped out every project that has been languishing on my needles for any length of time. What a great feeling! Now I can focus on my sweater (which is coming along nicely, thank you very much!) and start thinking about knitting another pair of socks for a worthy recipient.