Sunday, December 30, 2012

Year of Projects 2: Shell Pattern Socks

too cold for lacy socks!

Folk Knitting in Estonia: Aino's Gloves • Anu's Christmas Gloves • Anu's Mittens • Anu's Stockings • Avo's Mittens • Ellen's Stockings • Helgi's Mittens • Hilja's Mittens • Ilmar's Socks • Juta's Stockings • Kalev's Mittens • Kristi's Mittens • Laila's Socks • Landra's Gloves • Liidia's Gloves • Liivi's Stockings • Maarja's Socks • Maimu's Mittens • Marko's Mittens • Meida's Mittens • Merike's Gloves • Rita's Stockings • Sander's Mittens • Tiit's Socks • Ulla's Gloves • Virve's Stockings

Knitting Vintage Socks: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern (1887) • Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch (1889) • Gentleman's Socks with Lozenge Pattern (1895) • Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe (1896) • Cycling or Golf Stockings with Fancy Cuff in Trellis Pattern (1897) • Heelless Sleeping Socks (1897) • Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting (1898) • Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear (1900) • Evening Stockings for a Young Lady (1900) • Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years (1900) • Gentleman's Fancy Sock (1901)  Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel (1901) • Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern (1904)  Baby's Bootikin (1905)    Little Child's Sock (1907)    Ladies Useful Stockings (1913)    Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks (1914)

Recalling my plan to deliver a pair of red socks on January 2nd for a coworker's birthday, ahead of Chinese New Year, I've been working on them monogamously for the last several days. The pattern is Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern. As I said last week these are knitting up really quickly - slightly more than a week from casting on the first sock to completing the gusset decreases into the foot of the second sock. I expect I'll finish the second sock by end of day tomorrow.

After that, there are a bunch of projects that merit my attention ... second Ringwood sock ... my secret and still incomplete Christmas knitting ... and fingerless gloves for Gavin. He asked me if I would knit them. He picked the pattern (this one). And he picked the yarn (this one with cashmere). He NEVER wants handknits so I'd better do them next. Wouldn't it be nice to get them done so that he can wear them this winter?

Yesterday Gavin and I met my sister and her husband downtown for lunch and a play. And I was happy to see that she was wearing the gloves I knit for her for Christmas. Isn't that nice to see? She says she really likes them and that they fit perfectly. She's definitely knitworthy!

18 comments:

Dee said...

They are gorgeous and you are making real good time on them.

I'm back to the drawing board for socks. I was knitting Argonauta socks and really HATE the pattern. It went in the trash at Starbucks.

Cris Crochets said...

WOW - you are flying through those red socks! They look great!

Chrisknits said...

How lovely, that she appreciates the gloves. The socks will be gorgeous! Well, they already are, just missing a toe!

sandy said...

Awesome red socks, but they sure don't look like first projects for a child to knit...did I understand the pattern title? Very nice to find out your SIL is knit worthy.

cleancup said...

So cheery!

Nicky said...

When I grow up, I want to develop your awesome sock knitting skills! Every pair you do is like magic to me!!!

Happy New Year to you!!!!

nauget bluff said...

I have left gloves and socks learning till the new years..I can only avoid trying them for a few more days..As usual, your's are favorites and something I strive for..

well, wishes for you and your family in the new year. Safe and Happy!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

The socks are looking great - and that colour is killer!

Ruth said...

I really love the red of those socks and the pattern shows up so well!
Isn't it wonderful when we see the gifts we've knitted being used and appreciated and those were some pretty wonderful gloves your sister got, definitely knit worthy she is. My own sister loved her hat and now she may even get another lol.

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

Oh yay, I'm glad Gavin's sister is knitworthy. These socks look wonderful so far!

Have a wonderful 2013, and thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and inspiration with me (and all your readers) in 2012. I love stopping by your blog and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your projects next year :).

WildflowerWool said...

It is always nice to see our knits being worn. Yes, I would knit Gavin's gloves next. If he asked you don't want to keep him waiting! Happy New Year!

Evelyn said...

You've got me thinking that I need to knit something red in anticipation of Chinese New Year! Gavin picked an excellent pattern ... now, get knitting on those mitts for him! ; )

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Lovely red socks

Kim said...

Love the red socks, and the red gloves you knit~ I knit fingerless mitts for my sister and mom and since they did not gush much upon opening them, I am not sure they were that thrilled and may not be considered knitworthy in the future. Gavin deserves those gloves--(for the very fact that he actually asked for a hand knit item!)so I echo Evelyn, get going girl! :)
Happy New Year wishes~~~
*smiles*

goodpurlgonebad said...

Another fabulous week of knitting and beautiful plans too :) Thank you for such an inspirational blog this year, your socks are all masterpieces and you have been such an encouragement. Thank you, and have a wonderful 2013!

Kepanie said...

I always love it with socks that one can knit them in bold or crazy variegated yarn and they will always get worn. That red is a nice pop of color and is perfect for one who finds it happy and good luck. I think it's so cute how your husband requested those mitts. I like the snug fit and it reminds me how I had two cousins who wanted some.

Emma (GirlAnachronismE) said...

Those socks are incredible, I am so jelous of your knitting skill. And Happy New Year!

DeliaKnits said...

Those socks are amazing. Love the color and the snow.