Wednesday, April 20, 2016

fo: Warm Woolies for my Big-Little Brother

Hefty Woolies for my Bro
Merry Christmas everyone!  Haha no, this isn't a 4 month old post.  As I mentioned last time, my family celebrated another Christmas last weekend when I was back home, and that totally included a (real!!) tree, a huge turkey dinner, and gifts!  And these socks was the only one I made specifically for one person in particular (the rest were generic gifts for anyone to choose).

Last year, I made my cousin a pair of socks.  My brother, on seeing my cousin rockin' those awesome socks, strongly hinted that he'd like a pair himself.  I'd planned to knit him the ugliest pair I could make, but I lost oomph on them when I discovered an epic mistake.

Then our LYS put on a two-at-a-time sock knitting class (I blathered a bit about it here), and I jumped on that like a fox after a mouse in the snow.  And I loved knitted two socks at a time!  I've since knit a pair of fingerless mitts using that technique, and I only didn't knit the sleeves on my latest sweater that way because I forgot to pack the second ball of yarn in my carry on when I was flying home.

Sadly, I messed up the calculations, and the socks were long enough to fit a size 14 foot (considerably longer than my brother's size 11s).  I'm not a fan of toe-up.

Hefty Woolies for my Bro
This is his "I'm a Pretty Princess" pose. Goof.
But anyways, once I got that solved (and it was just as well, or else I would've run out of that green yarn) the socks flew off the needles, and I got them done in plenty of time for my brother to unwrap them.  And by that I mean I blocked them the morning of our "Christmas Eve" and used a blow-dryer to get them dry enough to wrap.  Oops.

He loved them, btw.  They're going to be his ice-fishing socks (though no more of that this year), which is good because they're the densest and most warmest socks he'll ever own, I swear.  He even let me take some photos of him modelling them, though he started off being a brat about it.

Hefty Woolies for my Bro
He's lucky I love him anyways, the twerp.  He says "hello Sister's geeky blog", btw.  Ignore him, he's a brat. <3

7 comments:

  1. Those are quintessential handknit socks, the Platonic ideal of handknit socks. I can imagine myself opening a children's book about the spirit of Christmas and seeing those socks lovingly rendered in watercolor. Is that weird? Probably. I'm glad you finished just in the nick of time and your brother likes them. Hooray for happy feet!

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    1. That is...a really lovely image. Seeing these socks in watercolour. You're right though, they are basically the quintessential handknit socks. :D Thanks so much for the smile this morning!

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  3. I love the idea of knitting two things that should match at once - I guess the technique could be applied to things like sleeves and fronts of cardigans. These socks are gorgeous - and brothers are supposed to be brats, poor things. One has to feel sorry for them, really.

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    1. Spoken like a true sister! :D

      I'm sort of in love with knitting two-at-a-time. A bit slower, but you're done once you're done - no more second [insert pair type here] syndrome!

      Heh, I have a friend who's knitting two baby sweaters at the same time using this method, so she doesn't burn out when she knits the twin's identical-if different coloured-sweater. :D

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    1. He is. An awful(ly) cute brat. <3

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