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Sentimental Socks [Apr. 28th, 2015|04:02 pm]
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It's April 28.   If my mother were still alive, she would be 102.  Last year my father died a couple of months before his 102nd birthday.  For some reason that made it important for me to finish a pair of socks today since she was a fantastic knitter, much better than I'll ever be.

Last year, when I found her workbag with a pair of socks for herself started...I felt compelled to finish them (though they would not fit me) and find a home for them, which I did.  And then another pair, using her old acrylic/wool blend yarn, for the same friend.  And then this pair, thinking of her and hurrying to finish it by, or on, her birthday.  It felt right to finish them and get them on my feet today.

This is the fourth pair of socks I've started and finished this year.   It's been heavily cloudy all day, and the lights in the kitchen (a mix of LED lights + my flash, plus trying to match colors in my photo-software isn't as good a look as it would've been taking a picture in sunlight outside, but--these are a mix of warm reds, brown, sort of a dull peach/orange.  On my own I'd have named them Firecoal, but the yarn is Mountain Colors "Ruby River" colorway.   A local yarn store (a distance away but no yarn stores are really local!)  was promoting Mountain Colors yarns last year for a store project, and I bought enough yarn for three pairs of socks.  This is the second I've made up.  The other was the Indian Paintbrush colorway, and here's a comparison with left foot in Ruby River and right foot in Indian Paintbrush (and some serious tinkering with histogram adjustment.) 


I have a lot of socks to knit this year to replace those that wore out, are about to wear out, and otherwise vanished from my sock drawer.  Plus the gift socks I'm committed to knitting.   My mother told me about her father's (annoying to her as a teenager) "While you're resting..." which meant "While you're resting, do something else useful."  But my mother accomplished a heckuva lot while she was still alive, and when she was sitting down "resting" she was usually doing something useful.  Sewing, knitting, crochet, mending something.    It's going to take that commitment to meet my sock goals for the year--but I've made a good start.  Socks in progress will go with me everywhere.

[User Picture]From: mirtlemist
2015-04-29 02:17 pm (UTC)
Once again, beautiful socks. Love that color! I have nothing but admiration for those who can knit. After years of trying, I've had to surrender to those with greater skill. I can only darn them :) Which is a good thing, as my husband goes through socks like a dog with a chew toy. And he doesn't seem to mind that I mend them with the rainbow bits of leftover yarn from my previous failed attempts. lol. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-04-29 03:21 pm (UTC)
And I can't darn. It's too much like sewing, and sewing (though I have made actual garments in the past) gives me instant tension/anxiety/misery.

Maybe I could learn from you, if we were ever in the same place...I've watched the darning videos over and over and just do not get it. When I try, convinced that *this time* it will work...it doesn't. Too bad there's not a place where non-darning knitters can meet up with non-knitting darners are trade off their expertise.
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From: sheff_dogs
2015-04-30 08:14 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to try knitting in a 'patch' in to the original fabric to see if that would work. My attempts at darning are so lumpy you coud fit an extra elbow in or so tight you can't get your arm in the jumper. I have a jumper waiting for me to try, but new projects are so much more enticing.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-04-30 09:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the other thing. New projects are VASTLY more enticing. Says the person who has 1 1/2 new pairs on the needles and intends to get that other sock cast on today. The first of those is a shorty pair that already has its turquoise ribbing stripe on the gold base and will be making use of various colors of old yarn scraps of my mother's. I made a mistake on the heel flap of the second (beginner's error--ended up with 32 stitches on a row partway down the flap instead of 28.

But I must finish the day's words before any more knitting. (And my excuse for being online again is reporting the podcast link, which is Business, not Goofing Off.)
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[User Picture]From: mirtlemist
2015-07-13 06:56 pm (UTC)
I just realized that I never responded to your comment. How rude! I'm so sorry. Things became a little frantic and it slipped past me. But yes, if we're ever in the same place at the same time, it would be my pleasure to show you what little I know about darning :)
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2015-05-03 01:30 am (UTC)
Though both reds are lovely, I enjoy the deeper, more orange colour of this red. I can see your stitches becoming neater and improving with every pair, as enhanced by these delightful, straight lines running down the foot. You may or may not reach your mother's skill, but you've certainly surpassed your own by miles, in a relatively short span of time.
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From: rosezinger
2015-06-10 10:28 am (UTC)
please contact me with my email address rosezinger30@gmail.com
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