With October closing in on half way over already, I’m knuckling down on the gift knitting. First up is a pair of birthday socks for my Dad. They are the only man-socks on my list, and his birthday is just before Christmas, so I thought it good to get them out of the way first.
I chose a skein of Lion Brand Sock-Ease.
I’ve knit with it before. It’s not the softest to knit with, but it is hard-wearing, and does soften up a bit with washing. As you can see, it’s a mix of dark olive, grey and brown, with pops of orange, yellow and white. And for some inexplicable reason, the colourway is called “Toffee”. If toffee looked that, I don’t think I’d be eating it.
Regardless, it’s a nice mix of colours. It’s probably a little busy for the pattern I chose: A variation of Walking with Emma.
The yarn is probably more suited to vanilla or plain ribbing, but Mom can whip those up easily for Dad on her sock machine. I wanted to do something a little different for him, so cables it is. You can see them better when the sock is stretched out.
Unfortunately, I’ve reached the age where I have trouble working with dark colours at night. I have a good work lamp, but with the way the livingroom is set-up right now, I can’t use it. I’m close to finishing the lower part of the livingroom, and once we get the furniture moved down there, I’ll be able to have my light again.
In the meantime, Dad’s sock is stuck as daylight only knitting. For the evenings, I’m working on something lighter and brighter!
I’m making the girls fingerless mitts this year. I had just one ball of Felici in Side Pony left, and I thought it would be perfect for Rowan.
The pattern is my Glinda, and as you can see, the first one is already done. I love little knits like this that just fly off the needles. They make gift-giving so much fun!
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Both are great projects. Burt makes a good model.
Lovely mitts. The sockease colorway is perfect for fall/Halloween, love it!
Great projects! I have never used Sock Ease before. I have never even seen it. I use their Wool Ease all the time as it is one of my favorite sweater yarns.
Fun to see how different sock yarns work up! I think I have some of that in my sock stash!
I have a pair of fingerless gloves, made from thick alpaca wool.
They are purrfect when I’m out on a walk, and need to use my phone.
Those two projects you are working on are just beautiful. Such happy colors for the fingerless mittens and the guy socks are colorful but still guy colors. What great gifts!
I made Dennis’s Mom a pair of socks with that color of Sock Ease. She loves them and says they’re very comfortable.
Love the pretty mitts too. Good for you in getting an early start.
That yarn is great for guys! The new mitts are so pretty! Enjoy that knitting!