As a knitter, one of the things I really like to do is to knit something for another knitter. And, I have to say, I don't mind having the favour returned!
Last year, 2 of my knitting buddies and I did a 3 way sock swap - we each provided our own sock yarn, and the other two knit one sock each for the pair. And we got our yarn back, but made into socks!
We decided to do it again, and invited a couple of others along for the fun! So I knit for Donni and Bells (along with Kristie and Nora, respectively), and Donni and Bells knit for me!
Nora chose a fantastic pattern for Bells's socks, which goes so fantastically with the Knittery sock yarn Bells provided - the pattern is Merino Lace Socks (Rav link) by Anne Woodbury from IK's 25 Favourite Socks. I would never have chosen this pattern for this yarn, for a couple of reasons - it's so rare to find a lace pattern which works with variegated yarn, and because the picture of these socks in the book is pretty poor - it really doesn't show off the fantastic pattern at all. So Nora chose exceptionally well, I loved this pattern in this yarn so much, I threatened not to give them back to Bells when I'd knit the second sock!
I particularly like how the pattern continues all the way from the cuff down the heel. Really really great pattern!
And for Donni, who provided a squooshy blue yarn from Have You Any Wool, I choose a toe-up pattern called Cut and Paste - lots of lovely travelling cables and a really cool heel construction - I was a bit confused when I read the pattern but I just went ahead and did it, and it worked! Knitting is magic sometimes!
And now, what you've all been waiting for - my socks!! Lovely red Koigu, made into Summer! (Rav link) socks - very cool pattern with cables and lace , and a picot edge (huzzah! I hate doing picot edges, so love love love it when others make them for me!).
Mmmm, so precious, knitting which is mine but which I didn't have to do myself! They fit perfectly - like they were made for me (heh!)