I have been visiting family this week, and it has been lovely to see everyone. It has been quite some time since I saw them all properly.
While I was there, I gave one of my sisters a pair of handknit socks. She opened the package and said “The trouble with handknit socks,” (as I began to worry) “is that there is never enough of them. You wash them, and then you have to wait for them to dry before you can wear them again!” Ah! That was a relief to know. I was worried she wasn’t going to like her present! A happy grin spread across my face.
“Well, there are plenty more where those came from, now that I know you like them!” came my happy response.
Then her husband came home and noticed the socks. “Nice socks!” he commented. I got the feeling he might have liked a pair too, maybe?
Then my mother popped in to visit, and eyed my sister’s socks enviously. “You could knit some socks for me if you like…” she ventured. “Of course I’ll knit you a pair!” came the obvious reply.
I gave her the finished sock of a pair that I am currently knitting to try on, so that I could figure out what size to knit her. I hadn’t been sure she wanted socks before now, as she doesn’t usually wear shoes that need socks, so it was good of her to request them.
She put the sock on and wriggled her toes happily. “I don’t know what it is about these socks, but they feel so much nicer and are much more comfortable than commercially made ones!” (Happy glow emanates from knitter).
I am not sure that I have ever heard this much enthusiasm for an item of knitting clothing from my family! They are always very appreciative of what I give them, but I don’t think I’ve ever registered as much excitement about the prospect of something knitted for them as socks generate.
And that, my friends, is the trouble with handknit socks. They are so delightfully comfortable and so wonderfully warm that everyone in the family wants a pair (or should I say, as many pairs as I can possibly send their way).
At least I will never have a shortage of candidates to knit socks for!
I wonder if I can crank out two pairs a month!?