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Holiday Socks Pt.

September 13, 2013

It’s finally become clear to me that in order to prevent another round of IOU’s to my in-laws for their holiday presents that I need to get started. (insert groan over talking about the holidays already) I finally bit the bullet and cast on for a the first of two pairs of malabrigo (be still my heart) socks. I opted to tackle the larger of the two projects first, which may ultimately lead to my downfall, but even that should be pretty entertaining for all of you.


The first pair is a plain old vanilla pattern. I opted for the simple because of a few different reasons.

1) Time. I seem to have less available to knit right now and while a pattern may not actually require that much more time, the few moments I do have could be better spent actually working on the sock instead of trying to figure out where I am in the pattern.

2) They are a gift. I have a hard time, when it comes to giving a gift in doing much beyond simplistic patterns. I feel like if it is a more understated it might fit better into people’s wardrobes/homes instead of something bright and flashy. (In other words that ruffle scarf for my mom was a challenge in more ways than one.)

3) They are socks. Now I know that there are tons of patterns for socks out there and many look really smart, but I will be the first to admit I have no idea what kind of socks my in-laws prefer. (Case in point the husband and I had a five-minute discussion the other night about appropriate leg length.)

4) They will be giant-sized. I am using my standard husband template for socks, his dad is just about as tall as my husband and they wear similar shoe sizes. I may be setting myself up for failure, but this seems like a good estimate. Which of course means they will be giant sized…which means they will take for ever (or at least just feel like it.)



There has been about another 1/2 to 1 inch added to the leg since this photo was taken.

They have been seen a bit more play since I started bringing my knitting with me to class. I wasn’t a big knitter while in school the first time (although I did bring a fair bit with me during grad school.) So far I have only had one person even acknowledge I am knitting (and he was positive about it, so that is exciting!) I am not knitting to get noticed, but it does seem a little weird no one else has commented on it. Though to be fair they are probably more involved with their phones and laptops to pay any mind to a knitter like me.

In other news classes are going well, we are starting to enter the stage where projects are finally becoming due which might me more absence from the blog (apologies.) Part of the issue is the limits on my knitting make posting a bit of a challenge as I think most of you pop on by for the photos and knitted related stuff. If I am wrong and you just want to “hear” my perspective on things (not necessarily related to knitting) feel free to let me know in the comments. (Okay I can end the shameless plug for feedback.)


Have a great weekend!


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  1. slippedstitches permalink

    I forgot to say, the usual leg length for a man’s sock is 11 inches (28) cm from the base of the heel to the top of the cuff.

  2. slippedstitches permalink

    Keep writing. I just found your blog. What are you studying in grad school?

    • I am actually no longer in grad school. I ended up leaving about almost two years ago and have just returned for a second bachelor’s degree. Welcome to the blog.

  3. Keep writing! I don’t know about everyone else, but aside from your thoughts on knitting I’d also like to hear about your grad school experiences. I’m hoping to head that way in another couple of years, so I’m definitely interested!

  4. i’m happy to read anything that you’d like to write – not necessarily knitting-related or WIP πŸ™‚

    Is the malabrigo yarn in the Paris Night shade? I think i have exactly the same, i knitted a cowl and leg warmers with it… amazing (the yarn) πŸ™‚

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