In my view, you can never have too many pairs of hand knit socks. They are the comfort food of clothing. The mashed potatoes of knitting. The warm cozy feel good clothing you just can't buy. Unless you hire your own Granny to knit you a pair. You heard me correctly. I learned about these sock knitting Grannies from Jenna's blog and was very amused by the idea. So, if you don't know how to knit socks there is no reason to despair as you too can now have your very own pair!
I fear this pair of socks will upset the knitting purists out there. Because I did the unforgivable. I combined a detailed sock pattern with a multicolored yarn that obscured the stitch detail. I still really like them. I can see the fancy stitch pattern and if you look really, really, really hard you can see it too!
These are the Embossed Leaves Socks from Interweave Magazine, Winter 2005, a pattern included in the recently released book "Favorite Socks." They are design by Mona from Knit Stricken who has designed a number of really niffy sock patterns - some of them free and on her blog - thank you Mona! For this pair, even though I used the suggested yarn (Koigu KPPPM), I went down a needle size to US 1 because I like my socks to fit my foot snugly. I have knit this pattern previously using Nature's Palette and US 2 needles and they turned out nicely too.
I can hardly believe that it is Christmas next week. Steve, Mr Puffy and I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and hope that you will all enjoy the blessings of the season!
As an aside, I think those of you familiar with Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will have to agree there is a resemblance between Mr Puffy and the little dog in that movie. The Grinch (as it was affectionately known in my home growing up) was watched by my family every year right along with Frosty the Snowman. My mother would wish me to say that we also watched, and still do watch, A Christmas Carol and without so doing it would not be Christmas.