Saturday, April 14th, 2 p.m. Phone conversation with my grandmother.
Me: Hi, grandma! How are you?
Grandma: I’m good.
Me: Did you get any packages from me recently?
Grandma: I did! I haven’t gotten the chance to talk to you, but I got the brown socks you knit for me.
Me: Good! I was starting to worry – I mailed them out a week ago, and didn’t hear from you.
Grandma: No, no, they’re here. The package was so small, I didn’t even think they could be socks at first.
Me: Yeah, I didn’t tell you that I had knit another pair, so it must have been a surprise. Do you like them? Do they fit?
Grandma: Yes, they’re great! I don’t know where you got such interesting yarn. It’s brown but it has other colors in it, too. And how did you finish them so quickly? I got the blue ones just a few weeks ago.
Me: These knit up really quickly, I’m glad you like them.
Grandma: You know, I don’t even wear regular socks anymore, just handknit ones.
Me: And that’s how it should be.
Grandma: For the summer I wear the darned ones… for ventilation.
Me: [rolling of the eyes] I should really stop sending you extra yarn. You shouldn’t have to darn your socks.
[*I gave my mom my Shetland Triangle.]
Me: Never! You will always have the most pretty things.
Grandma: Yes. Well, it’s enough. I have enough socks now. Knit for someone else.
Me: [laugh] Okay.
And with that, the Hidden Passion socks are demoted from “temporary” to “permanent” hiatus. Don’t get me wrong – I really love that design, but it took me a good 4 tries to get it right. And that’s the equivalent of knitting a pair of socks. I’m not sure whether one day I’ll pick up where I left off, or frog and reknit the pattern with some modifications, but I’m not going to think about them for a long while.
Instead, I want to knit another sweater for myself. I splurged during the Webs Anniversary Sale, getting a bag of Classic Silk and a bag of Jo Sharp SilkRoad DK, and now have an uncomfortable amount of sweater yarn.
Plus there will be sock knitting for my Sockapalooza 4 pal. I get quite enthused finding yarn and pattern perfectly suited to my pal.
And I’ve started a pair of non-grandma gift socks:
These are Gentleman’s Sock in Railway Stitch from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks. The gorgeous olive green yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in cedar (from Linda, of course). I’m using some chino Lorna’s for the contrast, leftover from these socks I knit for my dad.
I just hope I have enough for two heels and two toes, since I think the two go quite well together.