Back in April, during the heightened COVID quarantined times, I cast on several winter-themed socks. I guess I really wanted to hunker down in winter, not spring. One such project was Winters Frost, a sock pattern from The Handmade Life. These socks were knit for a very dear friend of mine.
In my first FibreShare, I was given a skein of Less Traveled Yarn in an orange tweed. It was very pretty but orange is just not my color. It looks good on me but I don’t really like it. I’m more of a coral person.
But this Pumpkin Spice colorway reminded me immediately of my best friend, who attended the University of Texas. This Pumpkin Spice had a definite Longhorn look about it. So after conferring with my friend, just to make sure the socks would be welcomed, I cast on….
….but finding a pattern to knit for a gift is always more stressful than knitting one for yourself. When I stumbled upon Winters Frost in my Ravelry favorites, I thought it had potential. The delicate stitching on the side of the sock wouldn’t detract from the tweediness.
Right before I cast on, I grabbed some leftover October House yarn (from my Fade!) to use for a short cuff and a bit of toes.
Pattern: Winters Frost by The Handmade Life
Yarn: Less Traveled Yarn Tweed Me Sock
Colorway: Pumpkin Spice
Toes and Cuffs: October House Fiber Arts leftovers
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Made for: my BFF
Time to Completion: 1 month
As I was knitting the heel of these socks, I realized a mistake. I always knit two socks at once, using two sets of double pointed needles. And I was knitting two left feet. Since that delicate stitching goes down the outside of the sock, it needs to be on different sides. So I had to rip back and re-position the heel.
And then, somehow, I forgot to switch to the October House yarn for the toes….so just a bit of the toe is contrasting. Sometimes, mistakes happen. That’s all I can say. And I just didn’t have the energy to rip back again. But I think these turned out really well.