The Sock Swap

Here’s something fun to do with your knitting friends – how about a sock swap? You could set up personal swaps for anything really, but there’s something special about socks – the effort involved. It’s one of those rare gifts – almost like receiving a sweater with all those hundreds of stitches!

My Ravelry friend Piratered and I set up our own little sock swap. She made a pair of surprise socks inspired by me and I did the same for her. She sent me these gorgeous socks from the Atlantis pattern. I love the idea of a pattern named for an ancient civilization….especially since I’m temporarily living in the ancient city of Athens, Greece. So clever, that Red! :-) She stitched up these pretty things in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock. I love the heft of this yarn. It’s a soft and comfy fingering, but with some structure to it – a respectable amount of twist and great elasticity. When I pull these on, I know they and my feet will be well acquainted for years.

I can’t claim to be as relevant and clever as my pal. I first knit her a pair of Potamus in a teal/blue variegated yarn that made me think of the ocean. See, Piratered is a makeup artist and when I first met her, she was dressing up as The Little Mermaid. If she was a cartoon, she’d look exactly like Ariel too! Sadly, those socks were too big around the foot and no matter what tricks I tried to use to save them – ripping back and knitting on smaller needles, decreasing stitches – it just wasn’t working out and they had to be abandoned. 

I reknit her Kai Mei in Collinette Jitterbug, and although they don’t have the same cool connection to my friend – I did knit them by the sea, they do make me think of her and I think she’ll like them. And isn’t that the whole point of gifts…

…giving your best effort to make someone happy?   ♥


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  1. Becca
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I looooooooooooove my socks! Thanks to being handed an extra day at work, I haven’t had the chance to take proper photos. But they fit beautifully! <3

  2. Mom
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I’m so glad, Becca. I looooove mine too! :-) I knew I couldn’t go wrong with ribbing for fit!

  3. Posted July 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    New follower. Found you from She linked to your measuring tapes.

    • Carli
      Posted July 7, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Welcome Charlotte – so glad you have you following along! Delights Gems is a fabulous website. I love her potholders!

  4. Posted July 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    a sock swap would be fun! I just figured out how to crochet socks, and I’m learning to knit them right now :)

    • Mom
      Posted July 8, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      How fun, Haley! I haven’t crocheted socks before. I’ll have to try that!

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