Winters Frost
Knitting

Winters Frost Socks

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.  

The Yarn

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….

The Pattern

….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.

Winters Frost  

Details

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)

Size: 7

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.  

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