Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Christmas Socks 2017

Considering I finished my 2016 Xmas socks at the end of 2017, I think I'm doing pretty well. I wore those while I knit these. ha!



Aside from the tangle from hell, I really enjoyed knitting these socks.  I think this is the first time I have ever done a contrast cuff, heel, and toe. Can you believe that? I just never got around to it, but I saw the example on one of the West Yorkshire Spinners sites, (website? Intagram?) and was wooed. I didn't even mind weaving the ends in.

Something I'm noticing with my basic sock construction. I like a very wide toe and will decrease until there are still 16 or even 18 left on the needles. It means I need to knit on the foot a little longer than other people, but that's ok. I am here for relaxed toes and not squish squashed ones.



I'll tell you the truth. My love of Christmas socks is something borderline bonkers. I am obsessed with hunting down Christmassy sock yarn. I gravitate towards the red / green/ white combination, but I'm also susceptible to Gingerbread themes. I ordered some that I saw Autumngeisha knit up that just wooed me.

This means I will plan on knitting multiple pairs of Christmas socks for 2018. I will start in October. Really I will! There is a project that I'm hoarding for behind Christmas socks, I am going to eventually (maybe when I retire?) knit a sock square blanket thing that's completely Christmas sock themed. Imagine!

31 comments:

  1. I love doing a contrast heel and toe with self striping yarn!
    And I just bought some West Yorkshire Spinners yarn the other day! Can't wait for it to arrive.

    Love your Christmas socks

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    1. I like that the contrasting heel is also going to be a good way for me to mix and match bits of leftover yarn I have. I feel like sock yarn is the gift that keeps on giving. I hope you enjoy the West Yorkshire spinners yarn!

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  2. Have you seen the Santa head socks?

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    1. Girl. You know it. I love that stuff. I forget about it and then remember. I have been stalking her website for 2 days after reading this comment. They don't have the santa heads, but so many other lovely things I might "need". Desperately. LOL

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  3. Adorable! Hey, why not a YEAR of Christmas sock knitting?

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    1. I am feeling it Chris. Oh Chris, you are so bad!

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  4. WaHoo! These socks look fabulous, especially with the contrasting heel and toe. I love the idea of a Christmas sock yarn blanket, too.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I am smiley every time I think about both Christmas sock knitting and the potential of a Christmas sock yarn blanket :)

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  5. I say start now!!! Ellen, if it itches, scratch it!! I have to knit while the urge is strong. I love your contrast heels. I should do that more.

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    1. Kathy! You are just as bad as Chris! I will have a house full of Christmas yarn before you know it. I'll start dressing like Mrs. Clause every day to work!

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  6. Love these! And I completely understand your love of Christmas socks, I have that same "problem." I've told myself my first pair will be made in July, to celebrate Christmas in July. :-)

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    1. These knitting gals are getting me all fired up. Christmas in July! I love it. Maybe we should do a Christmas in July knit along!

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  7. ho ho ho, I love your socks! I am finishing up the first sock (of two) for my daughter and I want them done by next Thursday. I believe I will meet that goal :)

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Ooo, good luck on your socks! I KNOW you will meet that goal. Socks are such a fabulous knit and gift and knitted gift. I feel like the happy is exponential on it.

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  8. Love these! What is the yarn??? The contrast looks wonderful...I enjoy doing that too...somehow it seems to make it go faster for me. A scrappy Christmas blanket sounds so wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Vera! It's this yarn! https://www.wyspinners.com/4%20Ply%20-%20Christmas

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  9. A Christmas themed blanket would be AWESOME!!!!!!

    Love the socks too. So very festive!

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    1. I think that's what the Christmas socks feel like to me regardless of the time of year, festive!

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  10. Fabulous finish!!!!
    I love holiday themed socks too. I need to go dig out my Valentine's socks.

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    1. Thanks Araignee, I'm definitely up for some Valentine's socks next year. I'm knitting in red in the meantime though :)

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  11. These are gorgeous socks-I would start knitting them early so you can wear them in time for this year! The blanket idea is a great one-it would be fun to send you little Xmas scrap yarn balls!

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    1. Thank you! I think that's a brilliant idea. I'm going to start early for sure! I'll let you guys all know about xmas scrap yarns when the time comes. I have an idea to put a little fortune cookie tag on one side of the blanket so I know where the scrap came from. I'm sentimental.

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  12. I enjoy watching others' Christmas activity. Yet, being Jewish, I can do so without feeling any pressure myself. Your socks are darling!

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    1. That's awesome. Don't think I haven't been thinking about the holidays beyond Christmas for future sock and knitting projects! Thank you!

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  13. Ooh, do share what dyers you buy from for Christmas themed yarn. I found a Must Stash one at STITCHES West last year. Are you going this year? I wasn't but then Susan's going to be there! So I have to go. These socks look great; I'm still workin' on Harry.

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    1. I don't have plans on going this year. Ive only ever gone to the market. I have not earned it with my lack of stash busting. Previous years it was when we were celebrating my son's birthday so I am a bit out of touch. One day I'll go back :) Or maybe I'll just go to Vogue Knitting in NYC ... LOL

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    2. Yeah technically, yarn will always be there. I'm trying to stay focused to buy certain things that I want. I tried getting some Voolenvine yarn; got cart jacked and it made me grumpy. So hopefully I can find some indie dyer yarn there, but I do want some Opal sock yarn and stuff. We'll see. I'll take my time and go through each booth just about to dig.

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  14. Awesome socks! I'm sure glad you found the missing culprit.

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    1. Me too, thanks Judy! I think at this point I'm so sock crazy, I would've just reknit it anyhow!

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  15. Love these festive socks! It’s nice to know that I am not the only knitter hoarding Christmas sock yarn. I even bought one of those red & green plastic bins to store them in and it’s jammed packed already. Time to buy a second one or I would be happy to send you some to add to your collection. A Christmas themed cozy memories blanket would be so cool!

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  16. Omg....a Christmas themed sock square blanket would be amazing!! I just may have to do one too. :-)

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