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6. August 2012 09:28
by Jobo

Red Red Socks. A Grandma Story

6. August 2012 09:28 by Jobo | 1 Comments

My nearly 80 year old grandmother has been saying for years that she's too old/tired/etc to knit anymore.  She can't see very well, requires hearing aids, and generally doesn't feel all that well most of the time.  every project she completes, she comments that she thinks it will be the last doily/embroidered pillowcase/socks that she makes.


Well my Mother and I have been pulling the wool over her eyes for a while now. she runs out of yarn - and we buy some more.  She comments again that it's too much work. and I drop by with a newly finished project and some skeins of wool to be wound into balls.  She has something almost finished (aka. just the last toe on a pair of socks left) and my Mom will drop off some extra pretty yarn in just the right color.  Invariably, a few days later she will have cast on another project, and will keep on picking away at it Smile  She just needs a little encouragement along the way.




One such knit-trickery scheme involved my Mom bringing Grandma some bright red (Grandma's favorite color) tonal-style yarn over one day.  In the past, Grandma always knit the same pair of cabled rib socks (a-la-old-patons-beehive-leaflet) for my Grampa over and over again.  They were always blue or grey or brown.  Manly colors.  Always in Kroy or old-school wool.  This red yarn was the exact opposite of the usual cool boring muted tones - it was soft, squishy, warm rosy reds and plums.




Grandma wasn`t too sure anyone would wear socks made from such a bright color.  I assured her that I wear socks of every color. the brighter the better in fact.  I see them like a beacon of happy color, hidden in shoes during the day, but peeking out over the tops like a not-so-well-kept secret.  She agreed that if I would wear the socks. she would like to try knitting with that yarn.  So that was that.


Now the socks are done!  What do you think?  I think they look charming and cheery in red!  And there is just enough yarn left for a little pair for the littlest beetle too. My plan is to knit up a pair that will fit the Rome-ster and we can wear our matching set when we visit Grams again.  I bet that will keep her inspired for a little while longer?



29. March 2012 08:57
by Jobo

Banyan Tree... completed!

29. March 2012 08:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Now I just wish I was lying in a hammock in a lovely warm tropical breeze under an actual Banyan Tree... instead of being zonked with a lovely sniffly sneezy cold :(

Either way though, the socks are lovely!

Banyan Tree Finished 2

I really enjoyed everything about this pair... from the twisted rib, to the leaves (which always seem to fly off the needles for me), to the little cables (I don?t know why I never thought of making 3 stitch cables and just moving the outside stitch? duh!) and the streamlined and simple foot.  I also enjoyed the heel flap, which isn?t rocket science, but looks so different compared to the standard slip stitch heel

Banyan Tree Finished 

All in all ? a great knit... and a free pattern!  Go check it out over at the loopy ewe :) they have fantastic yarns too by the way, and excellent customer service!

19. March 2012 18:23
by Jobo

Banyan Tree Socks... one down and one to go!

19. March 2012 18:23 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Banyan Tree Sock Numero Uno

For Sock Knitter?s Anonymous this month... I decided to play along for the first time in about a year.  I used to try and work the mystery sock or KAL at least a few times a year with that group, but had fallen by the wayside when I was sick last summer with the pregnancy.  You are supposed to challenge yourself and pick something that you will learn from, etc.  I know these aren?t exactly rocket-science socks for me... but my main personal challenge is just to Knit.  Do a few rows here and there.  Make time for myself in a hectic day with a newborn, even if it?s only 10 minutes here and there, it does all add up.

One of the themes for Sockdown March was Cables... so these socks fit the bill! 

Pattern:  Banyan Tree Socks by Debbie O'Neill  (available for free over on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Knit Picks Stroll Solid in Peapod


- very well written, and a really fun knit!  I wanted to make something simple enough that I might actually be able to complete them within the 60 day time period... but not something boring.  Why is it that it takes me longer to knit plain ribbed socks than it does to do all over lace?  I figured this pattern would be just right... with a taste of leaf lace, some reverse stockinette, twisted stitch columns, and some pretty 3 stitch cables.  I started the second sock last night and finished the twisted rib cuff, and am into the leaves already.  I will definitely be able to complete these by the deadline of the end of April!  Now I?ll need to find a second pair to cast on!

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