Pattern: "Argyle Socks" from an 80's Patons "sock and gloves" booklet
Yarn: Miscellaneous thrift store finds; some Poppletons, some Patons Kroy
Notes/Mods: As much as I really adore argyle, I adore myself more. I will never again put myself through the torture of knitting such a fiddly pattern on 2mm needles!
Were they well received? Well, considering my Dad is a hard sell on just about any gift (and that he really wanted a flat screen t.v. - yeah, right!), I think they went over as well as could be expected.
Mum on the other hand, is an easy-pleaser:
Mum got the Praire boots I knit for myself in the summer. They had turned out too large, and I held onto them until I needed a gift for someone with larger feet than mine. I couldn't have found a recipient more deserving! But just in case you think Mum got the shaft, I also gifted her with a knit scarf kit. She had admired Nicky Epstein's flower scarf from the Vogue Knitting magazine I brought home last Christmas, so I thought I'd knit it for her this year. Given the time-suckage that those argyles became, I had to cut some corners. In the end, I offered to knit it for her after-the-fact, and she accepted.
As much as I desperately wanted to cast on something for myself post-x-mas, I'm really enjoying knitting this scarf! It's just the right of balance between simple and complex. Wee garter stitch flowers! In silk! Fun! You don't know what your missin', Ma!
On a completely unrelated note, allow me to introduce you to my new 'do':
Yup, I took the plunge! 2009 will see me using a lot less shampoo.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, KNITTERS!