Monday, March 21, 2005

Mama knits her first socks!

Taking a detour from talking about my own knitting to toot Mom's horn. I am soooo pleased to report that my mom is knitting her very first socks. Now, Mom's been knitting for about 40 years and she's never knit with double points, so I thought it was a bit of a stretch when I gave her the American Red Cross Knit Kit for her birthday this year. But it was so cute and has the historical tie to WWII, which I thought might catch her interest. So I was kinda hopeful when she brought it with her to California on her visit this month.

After we wrapped up the Wedding Weekend, I showed her how to cast on on double points and she tried those - and hated 'em. She was all for tossing the whole kit at that point. But I cast again on two circulars using a tempting "valentine" colorway from Lorna's Laces and showed her how to knit a sock on two circulars. She really took to it quite well and by Thursday was knitting away on her sock (using size 2 circs, not the size 5 dpn's that came with the kit!). During the basketball games this weekend, she kept working until yesterday she got to the bottom of the leg and turned the heel:


Today at SnB, she finished the decreases down to the original 60 stitches and got going on the straight bit of the foot. If all goes well, Monday night, we'll be grafting the toe! Just in time, too, since Mom leaves on Tuesday morning (booo!).

She's been a total trooper about trying out all these new technques under some serious time pressure, since we're trying to finish the first sock before she leaves. Here's what we crammed into our one week: sock knitting, knitting a small tube with two ciruclar needles, turning a traditional sock heel, and Kitchener stitch. Now that is a lot to tackle on vacation!

Coolest of all: today mom bought more sock yarn at Rug and Yarn hut - 3 different colors! - and an Ann Norling sock pattern with different sizes for kids & grownups. She is all set to make herself some funky multi-colored spring socks! I feel like a sock ambassador, spreading sock love. Very very cool.


Blogger Emy said...

Mmmm...spreading the sock love. I did that recently, with a secret pal. :)

March 21, 2005 9:48 AM  
Blogger Bogie said...

That's exciting. Another sock knitter in the fold. I can't believe that sock yarn came with size 5 dpns in the kit. With that weight yarn, 2's are definitely a better choice.

It was a pleasure meeting your mother, and it's great that you were able to pass on your knitting knowledge to her and introduce her to new techniques. Will she be starting a blog soon? :-D

March 21, 2005 11:14 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

How cool!

~ Christina

March 21, 2005 10:46 PM  

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