Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas knitting ... and a Christmas miracle

It's been done for weeks, and the recipients have received them, so it's time to blog about them!

FO: Josh's socks

Knit out of a hair over two skeins of Regia Tweed (thank goodness I bought three!), these socks were started in August 2008. Yes, I know. Embarrassing! It was a visit from my brother in October that kicked my butt into gear and got the first sock finished, and the second one followed soon after. These were knit cuff-down with size 1 needles, and each sock was 80 stitches around, so that's my excuse as to why they took so long. But because they're knit so tightly (and it's Regia), I'm hoping they last forever! I got a text message from my brother that "These socks f---ing rock!" So I know he's pleased. =)

FO: Mom's socks

Next up are socks knit from Colinette Jitterbug for my mom. She picked a skein out at a visit to a LYS here more than two years ago (gulp) back when I was new to sock knitting. I was worried the yardage so I got a half-skein from The Loopy Ewe and alternated them up the food and leg (they're knit toe-up). Boy, Jitterbug is plump and lovely to work with! I just wish skeins didn't have knots ...

(FO: Dad's Christmas socks

Finally, these are socks for my dad. My dad has large (size 13 feet) and I knit the first sock in FIVE DAYS! I just couldn't put them down. (Overall, the pair took about two weeks.) It's Universal Pace sock yarn on size 2 needles (I learned my lesson ... no more size 1s for my dad and brother!). I'm hoping the nylon content means they'll last a long time.

I have been quiet on the blog front because I've been going through some rough stuff lately. My dad was diagnosed with anemia, and he had a colonoscopy to check things out ... they found a mass on Dec. 9. So for eight days, we were in pins and needles waiting for the results. It was one of the toughest times of my life. But thank goodness, tests showed it was precancerous, not cancer, so they caught it in time! He will have surgery in early January and life will go on. It is the truly the best Christmas gift I could ask for!

With the anemia, he is cold all the time. So I've started another pair of socks for him. I started them during the waiting period between his colonoscopy and finding out the results, so I was knitting them with lots of thoughts of healthiness and cancer-free results. (And I'd like to think it helped in some way!)

WIP: Dad's sock

So these are happy, hopeful socks now. And I can't wait to finish them!


  1. So happy for the great news for Dad, and praying that his holiday is great, his surgery blessed and his recover quick. Best Wishes for Happy Holidays and a Wonderous and Wonderful New Year.

  2. I'm so happy to hear that the news regarding your dad was good! I know all too well how hard it is to play that waiting game. I hope everything continues to go well:) Happy Holidays!

  3. I love the Regia socks. I think Dan would like that yarn...

    I'm sure the good sock knitting vibes helped your dad. It will certainly help him keep warm!