Whenever someone sees me knitting, I can always count on at least one person asking what I’m making, how long it takes, and inevitably if I sell my knitting. I always answer the same thing for that last question. No, I don’t sell but I’d be happy to teach you to make your own – whatever-it-is that you want to buy from me. I do knit for other people, my family and some friends and charity. I have a friend at work, who sees me knit everyday, and has taken to asking to see what socks I’m wearing that day. After telling us about a friend of hers who is very ill and has neuropathy, she looked at me and asked if I would be able to knit her friend a pair of socks to keep her feet warm and make her more comfortable. Of course, she offered to buy the yarn and pay me. Well, I have sooo much yarn. And I have a sock drawer that is fairly full. And I have this skill. I cannot imagine charging someone for wanting to give someone the warmth and comfort of a handknit pair of socks. So, my knitting peeps, help me pick a yarn to make these special socks. Here are the choices I’m torn between.
On the left is some Duet sock yarn. With the little skein to make the toes and heels a solid color. On the right is Zen Yarn Garden Pink Power yarn. I’m leaning towards the pink power because I’m not sure the funky pinks and browns would be soothing. And while we are making suggestions, friends, I’m looking for pattern ideas – she has a small size 5 foot, so I can make the legs a bit longer and I want to stay away from lace patterns because the idea is keeping her feet warmer. I have lots of books, but if you have something that comes to mind, or you’ve knit for someone in a similar situation, I’d really appreciate your advice.
I was able to finish up the toe decreases on the Shibui Monkey early this morning and wear them to work. I’m really loving mostly everything about these socks. The yarn, the pattern – a perfect combination. I will definitely be purchasing more Shibui in my knitting future.
The long week has come to a close – at least work wise. And today, around 12:30, I have to say I absolutely knew what it felt like to have the life sucked out of me. Honestly folks. It is a real feeling and it’s as draining as it sounds. I’m so happy to be home, even though I have a weekend that probably involves a LOT of cleaning, holiday food shopping and getting things ready for 4 nights of house guests next week – love the guests, but honestly wish I had a extra day off to settle myself before going back to work. Homemade pizza tonight, the prospect of more snow – yes, there was a snow squall while we had the kids outside at recess today – yay!, and damn if I’m not going to do my best to sleep late tomorrow and Sunday.
Here’s to Friday Nights at Home!