The girl has socks.

new socks for Mag

I wouldn’t believe how big Maggie’s feet are except that I just knit her pretty big socks and they fit. I estimated her foot size when she was away at school and I thought maybe her feet were about 5″ around and 6″ long. WRONG. Her feet are more than 7″ around and 7.25″ long. The socks seem too big when I am looking at them but they fit her perfectly. I am so confused. When did she become not a baby?

It was gorgeous outside today after school, so she played with her new pocket knife at the picnic table and posed her feet for some pictures. It was cute. I love the pictures.

new socks for Mag

new socks for Mag

new socks for Mag

new socks for Mag

new socks for Mag

As much as I’d like to deny it, Jerry has big feet, too. If not big for his age, at least bigger than I expect them to be. I am taking no chances with him, so I had him trace the outline of his foot and measure the circumference of his foot and ankle. He picked out the yarn (blue and gray from the stash, good stuff) and hopefully everyone will have toasty warm toes if, by chance, it ever gets cold here in North Carolina.

More information about yarn and pattern can be found on Ravelry.

 

sock love

her socks, just laundered

Yesterday at my mother-in-law’s house, I found a clay bowl filled with the handknit socks that I knit her. It was only surprising because they’re usually on her feet. The story was that she has just washed the socks and they had been hanging on the stove handle, and when she began cooking our dinner she moved them to the bowl.

her socks

Noreen taught me how to mend socks, and when these started wearing thin I gave her the leftover yarn and she darned them herself. They are wearing thin in places and are due for another mend.

her socks

These were knit in Trekking XXL, color 100. I don’t think they make these colors anymore, which is a damn shame because it is one of the best colors ever for socks. Noreen calls them “the green socks” and they are her favorite.

The others were knit in Lorna’s Laces, and she wears them, too, but prefers the Trekking ones.

her socks

The Lorna’s socks haven’t needed mending. The bottoms are fuzzy, but with no apparent holes or weak spots. She owns another pair that were knit in Lion Brand Sock-Ease and of the three pairs, she likes them the least.

I have another pair of socks-in-progress for her, and I really should get to finishing them. No one loves and appreciates their handknit socks more than Noreen. I always say, she would give you the shirt off her back if you asked for it, but she would not ever give away her handknit socks.

Speaking of socks, I’m working on a new design! When Elinor announced her new sock contest, it sounded exciting and I was instantly inspired to take up the pins!  In the next couple of weeks, I should be ready to show you! It’s colorwork!

celery

celery socks

I’m not a fan of the celery. I used to, with great caution, pick every bit of it out of my food. I’ve mellowed somewhat and will eat celery when it appears as it should (cooked – as in a mirepoix) but still, I just don’t like the taste very much.

But the color of celery is pretty, no? These socks I knit, in a color of Lorna’s Laces called Carol Green, are very celery-ish. So when I wrote the pattern up and it came time to give it a name, they screamed CELERY!

celery socks

I also like that when you say “celery socks” it sounds like “celery stalks.” Yes, I can be easily amused. I’ve been walking around saying it to myself, or sometimes out loud, “socks…stalks…socks…stalks” and pondering the similarities. If you say celery socks fast enough it sounds like celery stalks. Go try it now. See?

I’ve been working on this pattern for! ever! It was such a long time ago that I worked out how to make the short-row garter stitch toe. I’ve knit a bunch of these toes since and I’m in love with this construction. The best part of the garter stitch toe (and heel) is it’s inherent stretchiness, and there is a roomy and comfortable quality to the sock. You really have to knit this for yourself and try it on to see what I’m talking about. You really must.

And now you can!  The pattern is up for sale and you can buy it on Ravelry or click the button on the bottom of the post to get your very own copy of the Celery Socks pattern. The socks are knit toe-up beginning with a crochet provisional cast on that is explained in detail in the pattern. The zigzaggy stitch pattern on the leg really sings with solid or semi-solid yarns.

You can use any fingering weight sock yarn for this pattern, and depending on your gauge, achieve a wide range of sizes. Click the Celery Socks pattern page for more details, or find similar info on the Ravelry pattern page for Celery Socks.

Thank you! (And thanks to Lisa for being a patient and professional foot model; and for putting celery in that salad the other day.)