I had been holding this post back in hopes of getting better pictures of the socks, but now I'm back in Bracebridge and the socks have already been worn several times, so we go forward with the pictures I was able to take in my dark apartment.
For me knitting fits well into the old adage "if I like you, I'll do it for free and if I don't, not for all the money in the world". So giving Jim, Carla's boyfriend of about 6ish months, a pair of socks for Christmas shows that I'm happy he is dating my sister.
This was another project I completed during the November TFA KAL along with the Winter Bloom and Moonset shawls. And these make 13th pair of socks for the year, which is quite impressive if I say so myself.
Now, these socks were half of a "Gift of the Magi" like scenario. I gave these socks to Jim made from an exclusive OOAK Tanis club color way and Jim got me a skein of TFA Blue Label in Cranberry. If you are a TFA fan and wondering why you aren't familiar with Cranberry, thats because it was the November 2011 club skein. I used it this spring to make Staked, however, after many months I had to admit I had made them way too small and gave them to Carla.
But I loved the skein and wished I could get another, but I know they are few and far between and I didn't want to make the effort to hunt down a skein. However, Jim (and Carla by proxy) was able to get a skein from Tanis. I'm not sure where she conjured it up from, but she helped make for a very special Christmas surprise for me.
I know Jim likes his socks and I hope that it is the first of many pairs I make for him, as he seems to be a really great guy and he seems to make my sister happy, which in turn makes me happy.
- Details -
Project Name: Sleep Tech Dressy
Pattern: Business Casual Socks by Tanis Lavallee
Yarn: TFA Blue Label in Truffle (January 2012 Year in Colour Club)
- One less leg repeat, which is good because I would have run out of yarn
- None, I'm really starting to get a handle on sock knitting
- Yarn - Blue Label is fast becoming my favorite sock yarn, and was perfect for this pattern and recipient.
- Pattern - Clean and simple. I am getting to a point with socks where I use the designers pattern as a jumping off point that I can tinker with to make them fit well.
Re-Knit?: Just maybe, because the choices for man socks are few and far between and this is a nice pair.