For my mother’s birthday, I tracked down a skein of my favorite yarn to date, Feza Uneek 3002. It’s no longer produced, so that was a challenge, but I was able to do it. Then I made her a pair of socks… which I’ll have to wait and see how successful I was once she gets them and tries them on.
My machine is a 72 needle machine, which I bought to make socks for larger feet. Trying to make smaller socks was a challenge. It wasn’t horrible, but for a beginner, it wasn’t easy and took a lot of guess work especially when those feet aren’t around to try them on. I had to remove 8 needles to bring it down to a 64 needle machine and constantly put in and take them out throughout the sock making process. It took several tries but I think I was successful.
I was told (by the manufacturer) that putting it through the wash would tighten it up and those missing needles wouldn’t be an issue. You can see some lines down the length of the sock where the needles were removed, but I kind of like the faux ribbing look.
Along with the socks, I tracked down my favorite bag of reserve coffee from the Starbucks Roastery, which also is no longer produced. But after working some contacts on the inside I was able to get my hands on a bag.
I just hope my gift works out and is enjoyed. I know the effort will be appreciated, but I’ll be a bit sad I gave up my favorite yarn and find out they don’t even fit!