Thursday, March 02, 2006

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    If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
    -George Bernard Shaw

    Welcome back to another installment of FOs (finished objects) for documentation purposes. The birthday socks for my dad have finally arrived at my parents' (OK, OK, I finally got to the post office) safe and sound, so let's talk details.

    Birthday Socks for Dad
    Pattern: Gentleman's Fancy Socks by Nancy Bush, Knitting Vintage Socks
    Yarn: GGH Marathon sock yarn, ball band long gone
    Needles: US 1 Brittany Birch dpns
    Notes: I have a standard sock pattern in my head that I usually plug most stitch patterns into, but not Nancy Bush patterns. I learn something new in the details every time I knit one of her patterns. On this one, the wide toe actually has you grafting the last stitches together perpendicular to the floor, if that makes sense, creating a band that wraps around the toes. Looks great, and I learned something new.
    Best Thing About This Project: Warm feet for my dad, vintage style.

    I believe this is the blogging debut for the following - you can see why there wasn't much to discuss.

    Plain Jane Mittens
    Pattern: none, 36-ish stitches, ribbing, thumb gore - you know, mittens, trying them on as I go
    Yarn: random black bulky wool from stash (see that Stashalongers?)
    Needles: US 8 Brittany Birch dpns
    Notes: I call them Plain Jane mittens for a reason, but they were a special request from my sister.
    Best Thing About This Project: Keeping my sister in handknit warmth. She has a blue winter coat that is hard to match, and I made her a black feather and fan scarf a while ago. Shortly after requesting them, she bought a black coat and has started wearing it with the Cherry Blossom Shawl (Interweave Knits, Spring 2002) that I made her a few years ago. She probably won't wear the black mittens that much now, but they were already on the needles. Now she has options.


    Blogger Marina said...

    When do you sleep?

    3/02/2006 3:37 AM  
    Blogger christine said...

    The dad socks are wonderful! I, too, just love Nancy Bush and especially the vintage book. I've got it in my bag right now..........

    3/02/2006 6:31 AM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    Love the Dad socks! And I second Marina's question - when DO you sleep?!

    3/02/2006 7:50 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great Dad socks! The mittens too- there's nothin' wrong with plain. :)

    3/02/2006 9:02 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love the socks, hope they get a lot of wear!

    3/02/2006 10:05 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The socks are just fabulous! I have never knit a Nancy Bush sock, but I am looking forward to it now, for the new techniques! Thanks for the info!

    3/02/2006 11:15 AM  
    Blogger Stephanie said...

    Great FOs. Personally, I like plain - the mittens are great. And I'm the same way w/ Nancy Bush - the woman is clearly a sock genius.

    3/02/2006 3:33 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Those black mittens will go with everything (except maybe a brown coat, you know what I mean). She'll wear them until they wear out. What is it about sisters that inspires us to crank out knitted gifts?

    I'm sorry to hear about your utter exhaustion. I hope you get some deep, refreshing sleep today and can return anew to your knitting this weekend. (This is assuming you are not working this weekend, which is a foolish assumption to make about a med student.)

    3/03/2006 10:41 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Lovely and thoughtful gifts for the family.

    3/04/2006 4:30 AM  

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