that time of year again

Not very many people get knitted gifts from me anymore – I did the whole ‘everything knitted’ thing one year but some people would really just prefer a Sephora gift card, you know?

But on my short list of gifts is a scarf, and some toys, maybe some weaving, and of course some socks.

birthday socks

These are actually ‘due’ in mid-December, so I really need to keep at them for a bit! I’m past the heel decreases on this one actually, hopefully I can just power through over the next week. I do love the yarn – it’s Austermann Royal, which is merino, silk, cashmere, and polyamid (nylon?). I bought it at Le Bon Marche in Paris so it’s a bit special!

Pattern is based on Nancy’s Bush’s gentleman’s sock with lozenge pattern (whew, that’s a mouthful) but basically I just looked at the starting point of the diamond pattern and figured my own from there. The recipient has feet on the smaller side, so I’m doing these on 70 stitches, and I just did a plain rib for the top of the sock.

Oh, and for those still left wondering a bit about my whole handbell group thing? Here’s a video! I’m not in it because I only joined a few months ago, but you get the idea!

There’s another video on Youtube here, but it’s a bit racy since it’s got a bit of burlesque in it!



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9 responses to “that time of year again”

  1. April Avatar

    I like the sock. Eventually, I’m going to have to break down and use the lozenge pattern myself.

    Awesome video. The Imperial March sounds joyously evil. :)

  2. Jessica Avatar

    Love it! I’ve been in handbell choirs – so much fun!

  3. Rose Avatar

    Holy cow, that’s not your mother’s church handbell group is it? Where are the performances held? It seems like an interesting concept.

  4. julia Avatar

    I’m SO with you on the “some people just want a gift card” this year! Only special, knit-appreciative people are getting knit-gifts from me this year!

  5. Rhonda Avatar

    Since I know you are a lover both of bellringing and of weaving, I wonder if you’ve ever come across this blogger: or her second take on the same project here:

  6. Knittripps Avatar

    I think I’m only going to do one knitted Christmas gift this year and it was a request. I love to knit for the knit-appreciative!

  7. Seanna Lea Avatar

    I’m only doing one knit Christmas present this year, and it is something I finished earlier this year (just need to weave in ends). Last year was just a nightmare of Christmas gift knitting induced stress, and I figured everyone will be happier if they don’t have to deal with me that way again!

  8. Gabriel Ellis Avatar

    My favorite gift to give during Christmas day is a fruit basket with toys and gift certificates. they can really put a smile on someone’s face.`-

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