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.


  1. your knitting is lovely and I’m in good company with sock knitting! I am now working on a sweater for me and I love being done with the holiday knitting.

    • Thank you so much! I look forward to seeing your sweater. That is next on the needles for me after holiday knitting!

  2. Lovely socks! And your cat is so cute!

  3. These are fantastic!

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