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Men’s Socks for Giving Away

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Men’s Socks for Giving Away
Yarn: Hemp for Knitting Hempwol #220 (35% Hemp, 65% Wool) in colours 044 and 043
Needles: 3.5mm Double Pointed Needles (Bamboo)
Ravelry: First Socks Ever I have officially knit my first ever pair of socks. I started them on February 14, 2013 as a Valentine’s Day gift to Angelo. And now, almost exactly two months later, the socks are done and on his feet. I have a lot to say about these socks, and while I’m generally okay with how they turned out, I wish they had been just a bit better. You know, “Handmade” instead of “Homemade”. But as a learning experience, I think it was good, and I’m eager to do another pair. The pattern was clear and easy to follow; the socks are knit from cuff to toe, and turning the heel was described very clearly and with great photos. As usual, I download the PDF of the pattern to my phone, and was easily able to follow from there. I think as far as patterns go, this is a good beginner one, since the socks are simple (no cables or d…

Basic Cuff Up Mittens

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Basic Cuff Up Mittens
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (Nouveau Denim)
Needles: 3.5mm double pointed needles (bamboo)
Ravelry: Baby’s Emergency Mittens This winter has been really cold, and Nico has suffered through it without adequate mittens. It’s a weird thing – all the mittens his size in retail stores are thumbless, but my 17 month old is NOT about to accept losing his new-found dexterity. When he’s outside, he’s got things to do, and he needs thumbs to do them!! I also happened to receive dpn’s for Christmas in some smaller sizes (3.5 and 3.25mm). My dpn collection is coming along nicely, and I’ve found myself using the 3.5 almost exclusively since. I used them to whip up a pair of mittens for the little guy. They are just one layer of wool, so I use them along with his thin spring mittens (which are on a string – bonus!) and together they keep him warm enough while still allowing him to hold his toys, sippy cup, baby mallet (don’t ask), etc. I made them in one afternoon, and though I …