Li’s Christmas socks

Ok, so they’re a little late. She’s my little sister, and she understands that socks take a lot of effort and time. But here they are, finished last night.

The pattern is called Cauchy from Cookie A’s book, Sock Innovation.

So, the pattern was really easy. And although proud of another pair of finished socks, I’m not in love with them. Aesthetically, the pattern itself is just ok…nothing as illustrious as Cookie’s other socks, but I needed something simple to work with the yarn. The yarn is the problem.

I used a yarn called Zauberball. When I saw the tiny picture on the skein, with the color softly blending in and out on a pair of socks, I fell in love and got excited. The yarn screamed out LIANA and I knew this was to become her requested pair of Christmas socks. But then the yarn got all super fuzzy as I was knitting it. I wasn’t happy about that, but the colors faded and blended properly on the first sock…the one on the left. Then came the right sock, and I realized as I was finishing up the heel, that the color had changed too quickly (GASP) and now the gusset was not looking like the beautiful fade of the first sock, but more like a stripe of different color across the top! This was NOT what was supposed to happen.
Sigh….what’s one to do? I wasn’t about to frog the sock after having knit the whole leg already. I’m not THAT much of a perfectionist. And I know Li won’t mind. So, anyway,┬áhere they are.

Now comes the fun part of deciding what pair of socks to knit next! I have been wanting to learn how to knit Toe-Up socks, so maybe I’ll try that.


  1. I love them – but I love that blue jean color blue in socks – so useful!! I don’t see the problems you see in the color gradation, but I did not see the colors that made you fall in love with the yarn. I think this problem will exist with any self-striping yarn, don’t ya think? (Which now has me nervous about the Regia I got us for the toe up socks) You are right though – Liana will love them. Gram would be blown away by them.
    I like the pattern. It is very wearable. Things with bumps make me question how they would feel in sneakers and things with lace make me think they will be cold instead of snuggly warm. Obviously I think way too much on these things.

  2. Barbara Antonelli

    04.21.11 at 3:19 am

    What a site that must have been ….just watching you take pictures of your feet,not only in one pose,but many…and on the ground, in front of your house,on a busy road…..where’s a smiley face when I need one! I think they look great! She can’t complain ’cause she’s the only one not knitting!!!


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