Friday, April 8, 2011

Socks make great gifts

Everyone who ever slips her foot into a handknit sock for the first time is amazed at how comfortable they are. Socks that are made to fit and knit from proper yarn are unbeatable. Of course, wool is the fiber of choice with about 20 - 25% nylon or something similar for durability. They are warm but they breathe and they don't make your feet feel clammy the way synthetic yarns do. And when those socks are knit for you with love....well, Grandma Coco thinks you can feel the love in every stitch.

Our Dad still talks about the socks that our mother made for him years ago. Every so often, when his supply of socks ran low, she would buy some Kroy sock yarn and start knitting. She darned the worn socks, too, which is something that really isn't worth doing for a store bought sock.

On the other side of the needle, socks are a relatively quick knit. A ball or 2 of even the best quality yarn is still pretty inexpensive and there's enough variety in the patterning of socks to keep the most jaded knitter happy.

All in all, socks make great gifts. But what makes a gift a gift? Why a gift card, of course! Grandma Coco's been so busy lately she hasn't had time to offer any goodies. Today, she's got a .PDF file for you that you can download and print at home to make your own gift cards. They wrap around your handknit socks and have a space for laundering instructions.

Copyright © Cheryl Coville 2011

This is a .PDF file. When you print, you have to remember to set Page Scaling to "NONE" and don't tick  "auto rotate and center". Weird things happen when you tick that option. Click HERE to download the file.


  1. I love this, Grandma CoCo; I think you designed this just for me, who loves to knit socks. My only problem is I don't like to give them away. Maybe I can write my own name on the tag and give them to myself? :) Seriously, it's a lovely tag and a great idea. Thanks so much!

  2. What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

  3. I just finished a pair of socks for a friend in CA that we are flying to visit in May. She loves hand knit socks and this is the least I can do for all she does for us when we visit. I usually just give her the socks but now I can enclose the card you designed. Thank you so much. Perfect time to find your blog.


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