Saturday, November 17, 2012

Birthday Socks

My Mom was born in 1926.  She turns 86 on Dec 3.  
She wears sandals year round.  In the winter she adds socks.  
I am working on a pair of socks for her birthday.  
I've been making her socks every year since I started knitting socks.
one sock down . . .
This year I am making her the Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku.  
This pattern is a free download on Ravelry.  
It's knit on size 2 (2.75mm) needles with medium weight 
Socks That Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts.   
Larger needles and thicker yarn make for a very easy and fast moving knit.
and one sock to go
My first pattern using a "skyp" stitch as a design element.  
A skyp is - slip 1 stitch purl wise with yarn in back, knit 1 stitch, yarn over, 
pass slipped stitch over the last two stitches (k1 and yo).
Very simple really.  
It transforms an otherwise plain winter knit sock 
into something with more visual interest yet still warm and toasty.  
I think she'll love them.
skyp close up
By the Way - I don't know if you've noticed but I secured my domain name and changed my blog url.  It's official.  I'm now www.backwardknitter.com!  It was so easy I have to wonder why I didn't do it sooner.  As they say - better late then never.

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