Friday, December 21, 2007

Because You Can Never Have Too Many

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.


jillian said...

So pretty! I can see the pattern too, it's not obscured that much. Mr. Puffy is clearly the Hollywood type, mugging for the camera :) Happy holidays!

Pat K said...

Certainly you can see the pattern! And even if you couldn't, if it makes you happy, knit on! Merry Christmas to all of you.

Bridget said...
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Bridget said...

OK, what I *meant* to say (I really messed up my previous comment) was that a) the knitting purists always have something to complain about, so just consider it your turn. But no one can convince me that those are not gorgeous socks!

And, b) a festive Mr Puffy - now it's really Christmas!

Sherry said...

The socks are beautiful! Lovely color & pattern.

Mr. Puffy is just so handsome ... what more can I say about him?

Monika said...

I agreen, you can't have enough knitted socks! I say, as long as you like what you knit, you can do whatever you want! Love the yarn you used. Nice pictures too. Poor Mr. Puffy! I think he's secretly wishing Christmas would be over already! ;o)

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Windyridge said...

I see the pattern. heck if yopu saw my ;ace scarf, that's multicolored wool and you can see the pattern ok (I hope).

Happy holidays to you all and the Puffy canine!

amanda said...

Cute socks! Merry Christmas, Claudia1

Knitted Gems said...

Mr. Puffy is so cute in his antlers!

I watched every version of "A Christmas Carol" I could find on TV. It was fun.

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Francis said...

Happy new year.Nice dog