When I was growing up my Grandmother had a Mandarin orange tree in her front yard. Right before Christmas each year the tiny, sweet oranges would be ripe and we would each get a handful each time we visited…which was sometimes daily since she only lived a few miles from my mothers house. Now I live 2 hours away and I get my mandarins from the grocery store in the form of Cuties.
In less then a week my grandmother turns 91. Whenever there is an occasion that means I give her a gift, she insists upon hand knitted socks. She loves them so much that when I visit, she pulls up her pant legs to point out that she is wearing my socks. Since her birthday is coming up I knitted socks. But instead of picking a pattern, I designed a pair just for her.
I call them Grammies Winter Garden or Mandarin Oranges.
I carried the pattern all the way down to the toes.
This is the heal, I carried the braids down the heel flap.
Of course Maggie had to get in on the pictures since the sock blockers had Daschunds on them.
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Malabrigo in Terracota (1 skein)
Neeles: US 2