Sometimes handmade socks are like buses….

….because you wait two years and then two pairs turn up! I finished off two pairs of socks within 12 hours, this week. Both pairs for my very patient husband. Very patient. The striped pair was started almost two years ago.

Variegated yarn is fun to knit with, but the 4 ply just made it far too easy to put down and pick up another project. It became my in-between project. When one knit was finished, I’d do a bit more of the socks, before another must-do knit came along. I’m not the only one, am I?

Now they are completed. Even before they were finished, my husband had decided that these are his favourite socks,  (Oh, guilt. I took so long.)

The second pair took a lot less time. I started these socks just after Christmas, as part of my husband’s present, and finished both socks within a week. The yarn (Ethical Twist) is a joy to knit with.(Ravelry notes here)

These are boot socks and almost reach his knees. My husband is no shorty, so it’s a good job I love knitting cable, as that is a lot of sock! TF fell in love with this pair. They are 30% alpaca and 70% wool. Beautifully soft. Fortunately they are far too long for his five-year old legs.

Maybe I should knit some for him next. Just a lot shorter.

That left one knitting project on the needles. A body warmer for me. I’ll get to it eventually. In the meantime, I cast on my birthday present.

I have wanted to knit a beekeeper’s quilt ever since I first saw one. I love hexagons. My hexagon patchwork quilt still takes pride of place on our bed. These little knitted hexi puffs capture my imagination in the same way as the patchwork project. For the uninitiated, the hexagons are knitted on double-pointed needles and need no sewing as they are knitted in one round piece. They are stuffed and knitted closed. Mission accomplished. Except I’m aiming to knit close to ….take deep breath.….. 400 of these little hexi puffs.

AJ, at 10 years old, asked if I would be finished before she leaves home. Sometimes she sounds scarely like her father. Of course, it will and that is without assuming that she’ll still be living with us at the age of 40. (She also knows that I have cast on a different project. What can I say, It’s a quick knit!)


Not much time to knit this evening as the Christmas decorations are coming down. I’ll miss them.

4 thoughts on “Sometimes handmade socks are like buses….

  • Monday 7 January, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I can re-assure you that often projects are left a while here too! This week I have picked up my handspun jumper I’m knitting that’s sat in a bag for a long time – started in April last year so not that long but it was cast on and ripped back a few times before I settled on what I wanted. I’m being strict with myself this time – nothing gets cast on until it’s completed! (we’ll see how long that lasts!).

    Love your socks, had a spree of knitting socks in December and an urge to knit many more, just not this week 😉

    Lovely to catch up with your blog, have neglected the blog world for a while so it’s good to be back reading and posting.
    All the best for 2013 x

    • Monday 7 January, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Oh, Dawn. Lovely to see you around again. My body warmer is handspun and frogged several times too. I think that’s why it’s taking so long. Momentum was lost along the way. I love knitting socks. With the right wool and the right sock pattern, I could knit socks all the time. I know there are enough feet around here that love wearing handmade socks, so no lack of encouragement. Happy New Year!

  • Monday 7 January, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    oooh – what fantastic socks!! both are lovely in their own way, it’s hard to pick a favorite!!

    have fun with your hexipuffs!!
    how do you attach them? whipstitch?
    i look forward to watching yours grow and come together!!

    • Wednesday 9 January, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      I’ve only looked quickly at the attaching instructions, but it looks like you tie the corners together. I’ll probably end up whipstitching! Putting it all together is a long time off yet. 😉

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