These were my Iceland project. I basically knit one sock on the plane while catching up with Katie, and when not reading Kabul Beauty School. It’s Dani Jorge’s Twas the Night Before Christmas socks pattern, only I left off the little trees.
Dani’s heel in this pattern is the best looking heel flap I’ve ever knit. I knit it before as my Christmas Eve Cast On and I don’t think I’ve ever produced such a nice heel before. So, it’s my new standard for traditional sock heels.
The colorway, Peppermint Mocha, is from Sweet Sparrow Yarns. Isn’t it the best? I guess you call this a micro-stripe? I don’t know, I love it. Julie has so many colorways I want to knit up. Have you seen her Rose Cardigan kits? If I were to ever buy hand dyed yarn for this cardigan, hers is the kit I’d buy.
The fact that these socks took me six months is surprising. It’s just a basic sock. I actually finished them knitting in the hospital late September because it kept me from going insane as I waited and worried.
Anyway, Katie says that since we’ve both finished our Iceland socks, it means it’s time to go back. Sounds good to me.
Details: I knit these with US size 0 needles and Sweet Sparrow Yarns Magpie yarn in the Peppermint Mocha colorway. I followed Dani Jorge’s pattern completely except I omitted the tree stitch pattern and just left the little rib stripe running down the sock until I began the toe.
I haven’t knit any more of Dani’s patterns, though they all look lovely. I am interested to see if she has other ways of working the heel and comparing them to this one.
I guess releasing a pattern to be a potential Christmas Eve Cast On will be a tradition for Dani. She has recently come out with Twinkling Trees. And I’m thinking I’d like to light my balsam candle that’s beside my fake, twinkling tree and start them on Christmas Eve.
I talk about these off and on for months thru 2018 on my podcast, if you’re dedicated enough to watch.