Or just very optimistic? I’m not sure yet – its too early to tell. I finished Cieara’s second sock last night on the train home (ok, I still have to cast off but that’s just a couple of minutes, right?). I was so pleased that I finished my Christmas knitting a week in advance – actually, almost a week and a half (I round up!) in advance. I started my knitting all the way back in October with Dan’s endless socks, and here I am now – 3 pairs of socks, a cowl, scarf and hat (not to mention a shawl for me!). No last minute freak outs, no stress – just enjoyable knitting and happy thoughts. And as I sat there, I started feeling bad that I made something for everyone but Larry. I told him that I wouldn’t be – and he was ok with it since he gets things more than anyone else all year round (see previous comments about his being a sock pig). But I just felt sort of bad – no hand knits for Christmas? I sat there on the train, thinking about what I could make for him that was fast – fingerless mitts (made him some, he never wears them), hat (made him one, never wears it), scarf (never have seen him wear one)….the only things he likes are socks – and I didn’t want to deal with trying to get a pair done in a week. But then I thought about a pair of socks I saw recently on Cookie’s blog – worsted weight – perfect!
So this morning, while I was on a boring conference call, I cast on for a pair of Christmas socks for Larry – and I mean Christmas socks! (Sorry – terrible picture – its dark here and I’m rushing to take this before Larry gets home).
I decided to use some stash yarn – I had some Knit Picks Swish worsted leftover from a couple of years ago when I made a bunch of hats and fingerless gloves. Perfect for socks – very soft and squishy but washable. I had two skeins of the green, one red – and I decided to play it safe (he likes longer cuffs) and use the red for heels and toes. Plus it just looks like Christmas! This is a standard toe-up – 48 stitches and I’m doing a 3×1 ribbing. Boring but fast.
I think he’s going to be surprised and happy to be getting something – as long as I can finish them. What do you think? I’m thinking good thoughts on finishing them at this point – but I can only knit them when he’s not around, or when I’m on the train. Or I’ll have to lock myself upstairs and tell him I’m wrapping gifts! Worst case, he’ll get one sock for Christmas with an IOU!
So much for no stress Christmas knitting! Why didn’t I start in June?