Family Finished Handmade

Traubenhyazinthe {handmade}


If you’ve been following any of my Little Loves videos over on YouTube you’ll know that I’ve been doing a little bit of top secret knitting of late.  I rather gave the impression that it might be a baby knit but while I do have babies to knit for this year, it was very definitely not a baby knit.

My Dad’s birthday was on Wednesday and by the miracle of the Royal Mail, there was a nice squishy parcel waiting for him to open (and put on straight away).

Space for the Butterflies - Wollmeise Traubenhyazinthe

Socks seems such a stereotypical sort of a present to give to your father; past the stereotype and into pastiche perhaps, but these are no ordinary socks.

The colour is Traubenhyazinthe, grape hyacinth, and if the name hasn’t already given the game away, the yarn is of course the wonder that is Wollmeise Twin.

Space for the Butterflies - Wollmeise Traubenhyazinthe

This isn’t part of the stash that came home with us this summer, that’s all marked for Kitty, John or me as sure as if we’d added name labels, but I have a little pre-existing stash from years past, mostly from when there was an enormous Wollmeise stand at Knit Nation the year Kitty was born, and this was from then, and I love it as much now as I did then.

It seemed rather appropriate too to be knitting yarn named for a spring flower for a birthday at the start of spring.  Although while I can see the grape hyacinth colours in the yarn, for me it’s got shades of home; the deep turquoise of the sea on a brilliantly sunny day, against th eblue sky that you only see lying on your back watching clouds at midsummer.

If it wasn’t named after flowers it should have been called King Neptune (Konig Neptum for what it’s worth!)

Space for the Butterflies - Wollmeise Traubenhyazinthe

The socks themselves are a slight tweak to my standard pattern; I usually knit a 68st sock for Dad but on the cuff the ribbing was pooling the pattern into vertical lines that just looked all wrong and didn’t do the yarn even the hint of justice.  I started again on 64sts and the colours swirled beautifully on the cuff but then pooled on the leg, so the cuff is 64sts and the rest of the sock is over 68, having added 4 stitches to the first round of stocking stitch.

It’s not so big a change as to alter the fit, but it makes them beautiful rather than occasionally oddly pooling; and if you’re going to spend every spare moment you can find in January adding a stitch or two, then they really ought to be beautiful.

Space for the Butterflies - Wollmeise Traubenhyazinthe

And by the time we Facetimed Dad to sing Happy Birthday, they were proudly worn; Dad knows that they’re not just socks, they’re hours of my time, when I didn’t have a huge amount to give.  He knows he’s wearing love, in 24,000 stitches (and a smidge if we’re being tecnically accurate)

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On


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  • Adaliza 03/02/2017 at 3:44 pm

    They look really warm and cosy. Love the colour.

  • Kim 03/02/2017 at 3:50 pm

    These look so nice! Wish I could get the hang of sock knitting.

  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare 03/02/2017 at 8:19 pm

    These socks are wonderful. The colours are gorgeous. I expect your Dad was delighted to receive them 🙂

  • Lee Winemiller Cockrum 03/02/2017 at 11:15 pm

    Very lovely socks! Fabulous colors!

    Didn’t realize you were doing weekly videos, I like them!

  • Izzy 04/02/2017 at 1:59 pm

    Your dad’s socks are just gorgeous – I love the colours and I’m sure your father feels the love when he wears them.

  • Alycia Quilts 04/02/2017 at 10:58 pm

    Oh those are gorgeous!! What a lovely present!

  • Kathy 04/02/2017 at 11:14 pm

    These are the best gifts!! Lovely!

  • Tania @ Larger Family Life 06/02/2017 at 1:53 pm

    Love handmade gifts! They are definitely the best – and you are a fabulous knitter!

  • Helen Brooker 07/02/2017 at 3:23 pm

    The colour is gorgeous, I think hand knitted socks are very special gift to give.

  • Preeti 07/02/2017 at 10:18 pm

    Handknit socks are the best!! What a wonderful present for your dad!

  • Cheryl | TimeToCraft 08/02/2017 at 12:13 pm

    What a wonderful colour. I’m sure your father is going to enjoy wearing them. I love giving handknitted socks as gifts. Having a bit of a disaster with a pair I’m knitting at the moment, but they are for me, so I don’t really mind.

  • Rachel - Doodle and Stitch 08/02/2017 at 12:36 pm

    These are lovely! They look so cosy and I love the colours 🙂 I need to get back into knitting I used to love it!

  • Anna 08/02/2017 at 9:13 pm

    Ah they are such a lovely luxury gift. I am sure your Dad knows to appreciate them and such beautiful colours. too. Well done!