Do the neighbors wonder why I hang socks from trees?

Lindsay's birthday socks

Most of the time I can photograph the socks on the foot of the actual recipient, but sometimes they live halfway across the country. This is the case with these socks.

They are birthday socks for my friend Lindsay’s upcoming birthday. She moved to Connecticut last January and I miss her dearly. She’s the kind of friend that will surprise you and show up at your birthday party, flying in just for the evening and the next day. I will get to see her soon, since I’ll be going to the East coast mid-October for some Rhinebeck fun and general city exploring, but I sent her these socks early because I’m usually really eager to give the gift once it’s done.

In the absence of her size 7.5’s I had to make do with photographing them on the blockers. The tree seemed like a natural backdrop…so I improvised. That tree is in my backyard, and seems completely dead, but it is covered with lovely vines. I thought it would bring out the green in the socks.

Purled toes

The yarn is Koigu KPPPM in color P115. It reminds me of a seasonal transition. Koigu is still one of my favorite yarns to knit. It makes soft, squishy socks, and it’s washable. They also have an amazing array of hand dyed colors. The pattern is my own. I do most socks from the toe-up two-at-a-time using magic loop. If you live in the Fayetteville, AR area and want to learn, I will start a class on this method October 8th, info here.

I purled the toes instead of knitting them so they would be roomier. I like this feature on a sock, but some might like the snugness of the knit toes. I also like the challenge of remembering to do the increases to lean the right way in purling rather than the long-ago memorized M1R & M1L for knitted toes. I think it’s good for my brain.

Happy Birthday Lindsay! (still way early).

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