Ed’s Perfect Fit Socks

Not long ago, having hit a knitting brick wall, and not knowing what I wanted to do next,  I told my sister to send me measurements for her husband’s foot so that I could make a pair of socks for him.  He’s big on outdoorsy stuff, bow hunts, makes maple syrup, farms, etc.  A pair of wool socks would be a good choice.  However, sister hasn’t sent me the measurements yet — have you sister? ;)

Anyway, after some thought I decided Sweet Baboo could use a pair.  Off to Woolworks, found some fabulous yum yum yarn called Malabrigo which is pure Merino wool and superwash to boot.  I knit socks with two circular needles rather than 3 or 4 or 5 or whatever is needed for double points.  What’s nice about that is that you can stretch the sock in progress over the foot of the intended recipient.  I must have asked him to try the first one on 43 times.  Good natured as he is, there was no complaint.  He’s been down this road before and knows what he’ll get at the end.

There is nothing like being able to measure and re-measure a foot during knitting.  The fit is fabulous and if there’s any tightness or looseness anywhere,  it’s not a hardship to frog a few rows back and knit it correctly, rather than finding out at the end that there’s a problem.  These are like a second skin for him, plus the yarn is so smooth and itch-free. The colors aren’t even close, but he’s happy!

This pattern is a mishmash of several that I have, but mostly starts with Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi.  Love her pattern, just kind of improved on it for these socks.  Plans are to add the pattern here.

Some people drink, I knit…..

Pretty yarn,  isn’t it?  Thursday was a day from hell.  This is my version of a middle of the week margarita.  After feeling like I had been beaten up at work,  I had stopped at my LYS, Woolworks on my way home on Thursday and picked up a couple hanks of Malabrigo Rios.  Believe it or not, they are from the same dye lot (sort of)  but Jen & I unwound all the hanks and chose two that were somewhat close, without any lime highlights.  Aesthetically, I’m really the only one that cares about how close the shades are. This will be socks for Sweet Baboo, and he wouldn’t care if one sock was blue and one was orange.

Next was picking a pattern that would be different from the one that I’ve been making socks from for a couple of years now.  I love the pattern from Cat Bordhi (Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, the very first pattern in the book, just a basic crew sock) but I thought I’d look for something else.  Well, that something else turned into a huge search (incredible how many patterns there are out there) but I didn’t want anything too complicated.  Then I found this pattern Quick Knit Socks and it was a free pattern — two of my very favorite things!!  Check out Chris’ site, Chris Knits in Niagara — lots of really cool knitting patterns.

Anyway —  I don’t do dpn’s, so I’ll do a little shuck and jive with the pattern so that I can use my two circular needles.  Nothing like creating something to clear out the cobwebs and drive away the poor little me’s!!!