FO: Purple Socks Two Ways

Written by Sarah on January 14th, 2014 Posted in FO, knits, socks, yarn

So I’ve completely lost track of things. I just have to get that out there because I keep kicking myself and I think you all have sympathetic ears. I gave myself some time off for the holidays and I just haven’t been able to get all of my plates spinning again. What a mess. I have just a pile of 2013 stuff still going on in my brain and none of it is complete. One thing at a time, though, right?

Anyway, let’s talk about stuff that is finished so I can feel a little bit accomplished, shall we? These are the only two knitted holiday gifts that I gave this year. I am pleased to announce that they were both completed on schedule. (Which doesn’t mean that they had time for proper pictures. What can you do?)


When I received three skeins of this purple Candy Skein sock yarn in a Yarnbox (Jon got me a subscription for my birthday, more on that sometime soon!), I immediately started working on a pair of socks. I figured they’d be socks that I would gift since I’m not so fond of purple and I had about 1200 yards of it. Regardless of the color, I loved working with the yarn and the dyeing looked fabulous.

froot loop

Jon’s grandmother lost her husband just a few months ago and when Jon asked me to make her something extra special this year, I really wanted to do my best. Socks aren’t much when it comes to mending a broken heart but I do find that there is something to them as a gift as opposed to other pieces of knitwear. They say, I really want you to be warm and comfortable.  They’re simple and often unseen so they are very personal. For her, I knit the Froot Loop socks. The cables had been calling out to me for a long time.

cabled sock

Of course, you can never just knit a holiday gift for one person. I knew I should knit socks for my own grandmother because she is an amazing woman who is a total badass. You hear about a lot of grandmas that are tough as nails, mine would put them to shame. I searched all over Ravelry for a pair of socks with celtic-looking cables. (This year I thought it would be best to stick to a pattern instead of improvising as I often do with socks.) She received a pair of Oden socks. I kinda wish I’d gone with green so you could really get the Irish feeling from them but purple was happening. Maybe next year, Grammy.

I think I’ve gifted socks more than any other knit. I just really love them. I’ve said it a billion times: They’re quick and portable and kind of mindless but still interesting because there’s lots to play with (color work, cables, lace, etc). And they’re just so special. I am lucky to have a wonderful grandmother who checks the seams on my sewing and recites old sayings and never takes no for an answer. Who always had jello pudding waiting for me in those fancy dishes and watched interior decorating shows with me when I was a kid. And now I am doubly blessed to have Jon’s grandmother in my life, who rattles off intricate recipes from memory for me to recreate (if I can find a pen before I forget whether she said teaspoon or tablespoon). Socks alone can’t let these two know how special they are to me.

What do you make for the women you look up to?

ps. Who’s going to be at Vogue Knitting Live this weekend? I’m working desperately to finish Faro in time on top of everything else. I think it’s possible. These events always stress me out (I’ll say it every time) but I’m really looking forward to this year’s show.

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Comments (6)

  • January 14, 2014 at 10:20 am |

    What an amazing and thoughtful gift! And of course they look amazing!

  • Jamie
    January 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm |

    A lot of people on my Instagram feed are knitting socks so now I want to make them, even though I’m not much of a sock knitter. Courtney Spainhower of Pink Brutus Knits (Instagram: pinkbrutus) invented a crazy way of knitting conjoined socks and it just boggles my mind! Definitely a technique I want to try!

    • January 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm |

      I saw those! I want to try those out. Sounds good if you aren’t a sock knitter 🙂

  • January 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm |

    I’d love a gift like this! One of my things this year is to knit a pair of socks – I learned to knit on the round last year and there’s no stopping me now! 🙂

  • January 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm |

    Oooh! Twice as nice in purple.

    I’m hoping not to knit anything for anyone else this year after a slew of baby blankets, stuffed animals for little ones, and two pairs of socks (one knee high) for others this year.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm |

    I feel like socks are the iconic knitted item, and something non-knitters look at and immediately think must be impossibly difficult.

    How on earth did you manage to commit yourself to only TWO knitted gifts??


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