Cabled Socks and Gift Knitting

Thank you for all of your comments about my new pattern. If you decide to try it out, please let me know what you think! I’m working on two more sock patterns but they’ll be secret knitting until I get them right!

I have a half finished pair of socks to show you. I put this pattern together off the top of my head and now that it’s done, I think there are some things I would do differently. Nevertheless, here you have one cabled sock in Knit Picks Swish Superwash (Bordeaux).



Marly noticed that I was knitting on circulars and asked what I thought of using circulars instead of DPNs. Well, my dear Magic Loop friends, I hate circulars. I am begrudgingly knitting socks on one long circular because I have nightmares about poking little Miss Beatrix in the head with a stray DPN. She’s usually in my lap when I knit and I’m too scared to risk jabbing her so I’ve moved to a circular needle FOR NOW. I’ll be back to my dear double pointed needles when she’s a little older. Speaking of the little devil, here she is in her new Santa suit: I don’t even like Christmas but I couldn’t resist dressing my kid up as Santa. There is something wrong with me.

Speaking of the holidays, I’ve decided not to do any gift knitting this year. A three month old baby is a great excuse, but I’m considering rethinking the annual flood of gift knitting. We have a tradition of only gifting handmade items so for the last 7 years, that’s meant knitted items from me. However, I have decided that, in the future, I will only knit for people who are genuinely excited about handknits. Too often, I’ve gifted a pair of mittens or socks to relatives and I can tell immediately that the items will not be used at all. This doesn’t offend me the first time – after all, how would I have known that X wouldn’t like handknit socks? Who wouldn’t wear handknit socks??? I simply try to remember who likes the handknit goodies and who doesn’t for the next year.

Needless to say, there are only a few family members who are excited about the handknits. I’ve been thinking that it would be nice to knit for those people throughout the year and occasionally send them socks or scarves instead of trying to squeeze every last bit of knitting time in before Christmas. That way, the relatives that don’t appreciate handknits don’t feel like I don’t love them as much because I didn’t spend hours knitting for them. Is this a hopelessly flawed strategy? Will I gift knit again this Christmas? We’ll see. I am capable of it, given my recent stash expansions (yarn prOn coming your way next week when all the loot arrives…)

How much gift knitting do you do? Are you bloggers frantically working away on holiday projects or do you take it easy and give other kinds of presents? I’m interested to see if there’s a Blogland consensus about gift knitting.

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19 comments so far

  1. Marlene on

    NONE. I do NO Christmas gift knitting. Throughout the year I will occasionally knit for others, but there is no concentrated rush to ruin the Christmas season for me.

  2. Marlene on

    NONE. I do NO Christmas gift knitting. Throughout the year I will occasionally knit for others, but there is no concentrated rush to ruin the Christmas season for me.

  3. Stash Monkey on

    I am frantically trying to get through the holiday knitted gifts, but I’m also studying for the GRE, so I must be a little crazy I guess. At any rate, I tried your sock pattern. There seem to be a few issues with the toe construction, so I ended up using a different toe construction. Also, your stitch pattern is for 29 stitches, not 30. Otherwise, I love the pattern, but it just didn’t work with my dark colored variegated yarn. I think I’ll try it again with a different color yarn. That is, after the GRE and the gift knitting are over.

  4. Stash Monkey on

    I am frantically trying to get through the holiday knitted gifts, but I’m also studying for the GRE, so I must be a little crazy I guess. At any rate, I tried your sock pattern. There seem to be a few issues with the toe construction, so I ended up using a different toe construction. Also, your stitch pattern is for 29 stitches, not 30. Otherwise, I love the pattern, but it just didn’t work with my dark colored variegated yarn. I think I’ll try it again with a different color yarn. That is, after the GRE and the gift knitting are over.

  5. Sharon G. on

    I LOVE your new sock pattern…I have the perfect yarn for it, too. :)

    As for gift knitting, I don’t do it. It’s just not enjoyable for me. I’ll knit the occasional hat for a baby, and I’ve been known to make socks for friends, but that’s about it.

    Really the only people who get substantial gifts from me are Monkey, my mom, and I’ll be working on a shawl for my grandma. Oh, and the husband…well, you read what happened with the scarf. lol.

  6. Sharon G. on

    I LOVE your new sock pattern…I have the perfect yarn for it, too. :)

    As for gift knitting, I don’t do it. It’s just not enjoyable for me. I’ll knit the occasional hat for a baby, and I’ve been known to make socks for friends, but that’s about it.

    Really the only people who get substantial gifts from me are Monkey, my mom, and I’ll be working on a shawl for my grandma. Oh, and the husband…well, you read what happened with the scarf. lol.

  7. Sharon G. on

    I forgot to add – that pic of your mini-Santa…OMGosh, TOO FRIGGIN CUTE! I love the look on her face. She’s all, “Mom, what the heck did you put me in?” LOL.

  8. Sharon G. on

    I forgot to add – that pic of your mini-Santa…OMGosh, TOO FRIGGIN CUTE! I love the look on her face. She’s all, “Mom, what the heck did you put me in?” LOL.

  9. Stacey on

    Non – no holiday knitting here! Too much pressure and it makes knitting “not fun”…

  10. Stacey on

    Non – no holiday knitting here! Too much pressure and it makes knitting “not fun”…

  11. gleek on

    first of all.. love the socks! that braided cable is a great idea.. and i’m actually partial to the two circs method. i’m not all that keen on magic loop but i use it when i have to because i absolutely can’t stand DPNs.

    anyway, to the gift knitting.. i randomly pick 2 or 3 family members (from both sides of my family) and knit for them. each year, i pick new people. there’s only so much i can do! and it’s mainly hats, scarves, or even the occasional shawl.

  12. Theresa on

    Frantic! Especially with a mailing deadline rather than Christmas deadline. I like the plan to knit throughout the year, but why not save the gifts for Christmas? Then you don’t have to stress about something else to give for Christmas.

  13. Theresa on

    Frantic! Especially with a mailing deadline rather than Christmas deadline. I like the plan to knit throughout the year, but why not save the gifts for Christmas? Then you don’t have to stress about something else to give for Christmas.

  14. amanda cathleen on

    Since I’ve only been knitting for the past 3 years, I’ve only gifted a few knitted things at Christmas time. Only to family members who have expressed an intrest. “Is that a hat your knitting? I had this great tam when I was a kid, I would love to have one again.” There are a few crafted items I make every year, a calender with everyone’s birthday’s and anniversaryies and the kids pictures, and glass ornaments with the kids pictures in them. They get a great response from everyone.
    Ms B looks adorible in her suit! Love your new sock pattern, cant’ wait to try it out! : )

  15. amanda cathleen on

    Since I’ve only been knitting for the past 3 years, I’ve only gifted a few knitted things at Christmas time. Only to family members who have expressed an intrest. “Is that a hat your knitting? I had this great tam when I was a kid, I would love to have one again.” There are a few crafted items I make every year, a calender with everyone’s birthday’s and anniversaryies and the kids pictures, and glass ornaments with the kids pictures in them. They get a great response from everyone.
    Ms B looks adorible in her suit! Love your new sock pattern, cant’ wait to try it out! : )

  16. Colleen on

    Cutest.
    Santa.
    Ever.

  17. Colleen on

    Cutest.
    Santa.
    Ever.

  18. Juls on

    I hear you about the knitting for those who really get it. I’m pretty selective about who gets a handknit item from me!

  19. Juls on

    I hear you about the knitting for those who really get it. I’m pretty selective about who gets a handknit item from me!


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