Christmas Knitting

AKQGuy's picture

I got a bit of knitting done this week. Two sets of the needed eight pairs of Christmas socks done. I'm making them out of Cascade 220. It's a really affordable wonderful wool yarn that comes in a great color selection. It can feel stiff while knitting but it really softens up with a washing when it's all done. It's almost as great as their Eco Wool. I'm knitting these things so tight that I'm actually wearing out the tips of my bamboo needles. I'll be switching to my metal circulars and using the magic loop method to finish the others up.

The two that are done are for two of Bob's brother-in-law's. The yarn beneath them are the other colors I'll be using. The blue will be for another of his sister's and her husband in the same reversal of colors as the two sets that are done. The dark green will be for my uncle and the light sagey green color for my mom. The middle green is for another of his sisters and the brown is for my brother who is always trying to showcase his masculinity. I figured I was safe with a simple brown. If not, screw it. I figured I better make him a set of thick socks since his wife is getting this...

Well, I better get dogs out for a romp and get to chopping veggies for dinner. Have a great day everyone.

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Kerry's picture

Good work Quinton.

Good work Quinton.

scottly's picture

Nice stuff. Love the socks.

Nice stuff. Love the socks. What size needles are you using with the 220? Also, how are you picking up the stitches of your heel flaps? They have an interesting look, I think I would like to try it that way.

AKQGuy's picture

Size 4 to keep them nice and

Size 4 to keep them nice and dense. I'm also keeping the tension very firm. As for the flaps, its because on each side of the flap you slip the first stitch and the following 3 are in knit. Giving you a garter edge between the flap and the gusset. I have never done that before but it's what the pattern calls for and for some strange reason i am following the pattern for the first time in my life. Very wierd.

scottly's picture

So that nifty border on

So that nifty border on either side of th flap is actually part of the flap. Very cool, I'm going to try it on the pair I'm working on now. One more question, does Cascade 220 come in superwash? I can't remember.

AKQGuy's picture

Yes it does. It's one of

Yes it does. It's one of their newer lines.

scottly's picture

Cool! Note to self - make

Cool! Note to self - make time for the LYS tomorrow.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I routinely use the garter

I routinely use the garter stitch border on my socks, having picked it up from EZ's writings. I think the bit of springiness helps the heel flap fit better, besides being a nice decorative touch. In fact, I didn't even notice that Quinton's socks had one until it was mentioned....just part of the normal landscape for me.

I also use the garter stitch

I also use the garter stitch on the heel flap, thanks to EZ.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice knitting, Quinton.

Very nice knitting, Quinton. Sorry to hear that the tips of your needles are wearing away, though. I am in awe of your knitting brown for the brother...I'd be tempted to make him a pair in bright pink, just because. [Just kidding - barely.] Looking forward to seing you about. Have a good weekend.