I've started my gift knitting. Yes, you read that right, I've started. As in just begun knitting for a holiday that will be upon us in less than three months. How many items will I be gifting my family this Christmas? Well, that remains to be determined. It all depends on how many items I complete. But I promise you this- I will not cause myself any stress about it. Knitting is my retreat and my meditation. If I get several projects done, that's awesome. And if I don't? Well, I'll just order something awesome from Jen. I've ordered many things from her, for myself and gifts, and I adore everything she creates.
Last year, I knit just for myself. After finding my own sock drawer in sad need of filling, I decided to make myself a priority and warm my own feet. This year, I've knit a couple pairs of socks for myself, but the majority of the projects I started have become store samples. So while I might wear them one day, for now they are inspiration for others.
When I picked out the Decay colorway from the new Black Trillium Fiber Studio, I did it with purely selfish intentions. Until I cast on the cuff of the sock, I intended on knitting much wider socks that I did. But at the last second, I decided that I was going to gift these socks to someone who I have yet to knit a pair of socks for. Since the Merilon sock yarn base is so durable (a very tight twist in merino/nylon) and soft, I knew that it would hold up to machine washing and drying well enough to be a good gift sock.
Because I soooo adore the socks Deirdre sent for the store, I knit the same Kalajoki sock pattern. Since it's written for heavier weight yarn, I simply cast on 6 more stitches (these are for someone with a narrow leg and foot), two on each needle. The above picture was taken at t-ball, my first time knitting at my child's game! I feel like I've hit a parenting milestone!
Saturday marks the first day of October, widely known to sock knitters as Socktober. So you can expect that rare Saturday post, maybe with a special sale. And definitely sharing the October color from Dream in Color which is not only dyed on a brand new base yarn, but pairs a perfectly autumnal colorway with a beautiful shawlette. You don't want to miss this one.