The great holiday roundup of 2012 Part 2

Well, it’s about that time again! I shall reveal the next in my series of Christmas gifts for the family. If I’m not as scintillating* or witty* as usual, you must excuse me, because I seem to have picked up some kind of nasty bug while flying back from Christmas with my family. To say that I feel like a giant pile of crap is an insult to giant piles of crap. It’s not the really horrible Noro virus that seems to be going around (was there ever a more unfortunate name? Noro is something that is supposed to bring joy, comfort, and feelings of extreme covetousness!) but it’s one doozy of a sore throat and a fever. I always have really freaky dreams when I get a fever. Once I dreamt that I was a spider that kept spinning web and then knitting things with it, but they were always sticky and got all crumpled up and sad. That’s actually neither here nor there, but I think I can get away with some rambling. Let’s just pretend that I am delirious from fever, and ignore any spelling errors, run on sentences, or off topic remarks. Grammatical errors, however, are all yours. I hate those things.

And so, without further gilding the lily, and with no more ado** I give you my Dad’s Christmas socks!

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Dad was by far the best sport of any family member I tried to get pictures of. He even stood in front of our fireplace so my photos would have a sort of Christmasey glow.

Here’s a closeup of the cable pattern which runs down both sides of the sock.

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Please ignore the miscrossed cable. >.< Hmmm.. design element?

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During this one, Dad said that he could be a foot model. This was inexplicably hilarious to me, and it’s a testament to how medicated I am that this still makes me giggle.

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I’m including this last one because you can get a really good look at how gorgeous this yarn is. I’m terribly in love with it.

For all you spec hounds out there, (you know who you are) the yarn is Shalimar Breathless in Ore. If you’ve never tried it, OH. MY. GOD. It is so soft, so smooshy, so luxurious and amazing, the color variegation is so beautiful and subtle and not at all over the top, it is my new favorite yarn for lusting after. Also, it is 75% merino wool, 15% cashmere, and 10% silk. This means that not only is it sooooooo soft and wonderful, but the colors are also gorgeously saturated. I need to get some of this for me, DEFINITELY. it’ll have to be something like a shawlette or cowl to wrap around my neck, because this yarn is like a hug from a baby bunny. It also comes in a lot of very nice colors. I quite fancy these four at least. So yeah. Now that I can be selfish with my knitting again, I will have some for myself. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA MINE ALL MINE.

The pattern is Cabley Goodness Top Down-Toe Up Socks.Β The pattern is actually extremely clever, and gives a very nicely fitting sock, as you can see from the beautifully snug heel that follows the contours of the foot very well. It is toe-up, (some day I will explain to you all how much I love toe-up socks. They are one of my favorite things.) but the fancy cool thing about it is that it has a sort of variation on a heel flap, where the flap is UNDER the heel rather than behind it. It looks sorta weird when it’s not on a foot, but when my dad put these on their pure BRILLIANCE was revealed. They were a phenomenal, not-even-slightly-slouchy fit! Huzzah!

Dad is a great dad, and he asks for socks for Christmas every year. I always feel sorta guilty buying him socks, because they are pretty cheap and seem so impersonal. But this year I think I started a tradition, at least for Dad’s present. Whenever possible, from now on Dad’ll get some handmade socks for Christmas. SO IT SHALL BE.

So there you have it. Christmas part deux! More tomorrow.

*Whether or not I ever possess these qualities is entirely a matter of opinion.

**If anyone can tell me what movie this is from (WITHOUT googling. sneaky sneakers.) I will be extremely impressed. Also happy.

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