It all started with a sock pattern I was going to test knit, which in turn was going to be a gift for my mother. I ripped that sock out so many times that I lost count, because something would always seem to distract me as I was doing the short rows and then things would get lop-sided. I decided that maybe that project should wait for a bit and I would work on another pattern (since I had 6 pairs of socks on my list of items to knit), Eugene's Comfy Brown Socks. I knit up a swatch to see what my gauge was, and then I used that to decide how many stitches to cast on to give the width I needed. The problem here was that when I actually started knitting up the sock, my gauge changed...I now had more stitches per inch than I did with my swatch.
I have not given up on sock knitting. I'm merely changing a gift list for now so that I can have enough time to practice knitting socks before I make them for others, since I am a perfectionist when it comes to my crafting. So after Christmas, except to see a lot of sock knitting on the blog.
Until then, I need some help from all of you. I have got to come up with some great gifts to make for my loved ones, and all of them have to be gifts for men. I have a hard enough time thinking of what to give guys, and now that I have to re-think my gifts I'm at a complete loss. So if you have any great gift ideas for any of the following, let me know (preferably knitted or crocheted items, since I have plenty of supplies for these types of gifts):
- Poppa Bear - Local author and book lover.
- Eugene (Uncle's father) - He likes the color brown.
- Josh (boyfriend) - Gamer and gadget lover. I would design another game-inspired gift, but I'm running out of time.
- Russell (Josh's father) - He likes FPS games and motorcycles.
Well, I'm off to knit on the non-sock gifts until I can come up with some great replacements.