Christmas Family Finished Handmade Knitting Photography

High speed socks {handmade for Christmas}


Space for the Butterflies - Handmade Dreidel Socks

On the evening of 23rd December I cast on for a pair of socks.  There’s nothing entirely surprising about that, I like knitting socks and I’d just finished my little bits and bobs of knitting for the children’s Christmas presents, the challenge, for such it was, was that these were a Christmas present.  Now I can warp the space time continuum with the best of them and I know I knit like the wind, but a whole pair of grown up socks, in 4ply still takes a goodly chunk of time. And in the last few hours before Christmas, and to be honest, in the normal daily life of a family with three small children, big chunks of time to just sit down and knit are few and non-existent!

But I’d made my peace, I knew that they didn’t have to be finished for Christmas but the following Sunday and I figured that I could probably get one finished and wrapped up to give to my Dad and the other one I’d either finish while he was staying or it would just have to follow by post.  All sorted. I picked up my lovely pointy purple sock needles, grabbed the yarn (one of my precious skeins of Socks that Rock lightweight in the now discontinued Dreidel), and starting knitting.

Space for the Butterflies - Handmade Dreidel Socks

And then, magic. Now I know in my heart of hearts that it’s really not possible to sleep knit.  I can and have been known to knit with my eyes shut, I don’t need to look at a sock unless I’m doing the heel or the toe and so I knit and read, knit and watch the cricket or just occasionally knit and let my eyes have a little rest, but properly asleep, I don’t think so.  And yet I think that must be the only rational explanation for what happened next.  I knit in odd moments, any time we went out in the car, while the children were finishing their lunch, around the sleepy warmth of a little Pip who just wanted to spend an evening sleeping in my arms, in the last hours of Christmas Day and through our quiet sleepy Boxing Day, and my sock grew and grew, and far more than I was expecting. First a single sock, flying off the needles, and then as we turned in on Saturday night, all but the toe of the second.

And by Sunday lunchtime, as Dad battled his way through the traffic to meet us, and with just a little fudging because of a slight yarn shortage, I finished the toe, wrapped up the pair and tucked them under the tree.

It seems that for all the times when I’ve knit and knit and knit and my sleeves have stayed exactly the same length, for every time I’ve knit an incredibly intricate beautiful sock that doesn’t go on my foot, for every yarn tangle and missing vital needle, the knitting fates have balanced the scale, in the form of one perfectly soft and squishy and beautiful and very very finished socks.

Space for the Butterflies - Handmade Dreidel Socks

(all the details are over on my Ravelry page)

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Crafting On

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  • Izzy 30/12/2015 at 12:05 pm

    These are awesome! I wish I had the patience for knitting – these just look so comfortable!

    • Carie 30/12/2015 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you – I get impatient without my knitting, I’m always best with it!

  • Vera 30/12/2015 at 8:52 pm

    These look fun and cozy 🙂

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:08 am

      Thank you – you can’t beat warm and colourful toes 🙂

  • Annie 31/12/2015 at 12:56 am

    Oh wow, look how the colors pooled! You couldn’t have (at least, I know I couldn’t have) planned such a perfect spiral. Variegated yarn is always a surprise. Fun, fun finish!

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:11 am

      I think that’s the fun thing about it – on really variegated yarn any pattern would be lost so you just have to embrace the colour and go for it 🙂

  • Mandycharlie 31/12/2015 at 7:23 am

    Great socks! Love the pooling.

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:12 am

      Thanks lovely 🙂

  • Natalie 31/12/2015 at 11:20 am

    I love the colouring of your socks! Good on you to have them completed in the nick of time 🙂 Whew, I have had moments like that too, but they are worth it when the gift is appreciated with awe.

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:53 pm

      Oh you only pull out all the stops like that for someone who’s really going to love them and cherish them (and he will!)

  • karen 02/01/2016 at 1:31 pm

    lovely pair of socks and the colorway is beautiful!! love the name of them as well 🙂

    • Carie 02/01/2016 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you – the colours remind me ofr my (and Dad’s) college colours so they were very appropriate!

  • sally 05/01/2016 at 11:51 am

    What perfect yarn for socks, love the spiraling pattern that emerged, and I’m sure you deserved some good knitting karma.

    • Carie 05/01/2016 at 8:58 pm

      It was about time wasn’t it!

  • Evelyn 06/01/2016 at 4:15 pm

    They look great, yay for projects that seem to knit themselves

    • Carie 07/01/2016 at 9:38 pm

      Yay indeed – I need all the knitting speed I can get 🙂