A friend from church works with a charity that makes hats for local kids who need them and when ever they run into a skein of sock yarn she passes it on to me and I give them some worsted weight in return. Her husband wishes I would just take the yarn and mine wishes I would give her two skeins in return. They need to start a support group. We made that exchange today and then I was surprised by a second knitting gift.
Another woman came up at the start of the women’s class and said her son-in-law was cleaning out his grandmothers home and found some unfinished socks. She knows I knit and thought I might be able to do something with them. They are in a state that I can appreciate. Whoever was knitting them ran out of yarn! and couldn’t finish the last couple of inches of the second sock. I laughed as she handed them to me and she didn’t quite understand, I have a few projects in similar states, just waiting for a few more yards to get finished. There is no way I am going to find the same yarn they used, it is wool I can tell that much.
My plan with these is to rip out the toe of the first sock and make the toes a different color so the pair matches. I couldn’t quite get the color of the photos to work, while taking them and also in Photoshop. The socks are Christmas Green and I am tempted to make the toes a nice Santa red to really embrace the holidays. As you can see in the photos the needles didn’t survive, wooden #1 from what I can tell. None of the stitches have dropped and started to run so that is a plus, I will finish them up and either give them back to the woman or give them to my husband for his new job.
I had no idea that the green sock lady knew I knit and I am by no means the only one in my ward to knit, but word gets out and I am grateful for that. I have had some great conversations with people saying they wish they could do what I can, and I let them know that I admire what they are able to do as well. I always offer to teach people, there response is “oh I wouldn’t be able to do it like you”, well I’ve been knitting for 15 years and have a bit of practice. I should have kept some of my early projects just to show people where I started and that mistakes are a part of learning.