One of Two

Every holiday season I knit a pair of socks. It is a Christmas gift tradition that started in 2015, with a simple pair of cuff-down socks in a self-striping Opal Daydream 6-ply yarn. It was my first time using the Magic Loop method, which is now the only way I knit socks.

Fast forward five years, and I have knit many types of Christmas socks – some practical, some with cables, some with colorwork sheep, and even a tiny pair of baby socks for a newborn nephew.

I think that socks are one of my favorite things to knit, and to gift. While the endless variations can keep the knitting interesting, even simple, plain socks are appealing to me. There is something cozy and comforting in having a sock on the needles as the days get shorter and colder. A small project that can be pulled out and knitted on wherever you may be.

This year, I am knitting two sock patterns from This Handmade Life, one for each Mom in my life. Currently on the needles is Woodland Nymph in Knit One Crochet Too Crock O’ Dye fingering. I received the yarn many years ago in a promotional KnitCrate sock box. I’m glad I held onto it as it is a very pleasing wine color and has a good texture.

The next pattern I will knit is the Wildflower’s & Honeycomb socks. I think I might knit them up in some speckled Madelinetosh fingering that I have.

I hope I can meet the Christmas deadline! Good thing Penny likes to ‘help’ me.

Currently

It’s been a long time since I shared what I am currently knitting!

The original iteration of this blog was Rain Mountain Crafts, a personal blog where I shared my crafts, recipes and just about anything else I felt like. I blogged consistently from 2013-2017, until a variety of life events occurred and I left off blogging.

Recently, Pat and I decided that we wanted to have a space to share our stories and adventures. I realized that I also wanted to be part of the online fiber community again.

So, here we are.

My current Work in Progress (WiP) is an Aran sweater for myself. For years I have longed for a heavily cabled sweater, and finally decided to sit down and try to make one. I’m knitting the #20 Adult’s Aran Sweater in some deep stash yarn – O-Wool Local in Ganoga Falls.

When we moved back to Oregon this summer, we put most of our belongings into storage, which included all my yarn. I had to be very selective of what craft materials I would bring with me, because of the space constraints. I figured a sweater’s worth of yarn would keep me busy, and then I’d have a warm item to wear during the winter. I am having fun with all the cables – just enough to keep things interesting, but simple enough that I can lay the knitting down mid-row and come back to it later.

It’s very pleasant to sit in the evenings and watch the sunset while knitting a few rows. Here’s to hoping I nailed the gauge and will have my dream sweater to wear when winter comes.