The Demand for Knit Socks Has Increased

In addition to working on the beautiful shawl in memory of my friend Stephanie, I’ve also begun a new pair of socks for David.

This man adores his hand-knit socks, and he wears the ones I’ve already made until I sneak them off the bathroom floor and throw them into the wash without his knowledge. When I bring in the clean laundry baskets, he jumps in to look for a pair of his hand-knit socks right off the bat.

I consider that high praise, especially since he has a billion pairs of plain white athletic socks that he could be wearing. He’s not exactly sock-deprived, this man.

Last week, he asked me if I could knit plain white socks. I told him that I certainly could, but I don’t particularly want to. Remember when I said yesterday that I knit faster when I have new colors to look forward to? Yeah, if I knit plain white socks, they would take me forever. How very boring!

Then he tells me that he wants at least one pair of knit socks for every day of the week. I think he has 4 pairs now, so I still have a few to go, and something tells me that by the time those three pairs of socks are finished, he’ll have worn out the first pair I made him.

Yes, I’m going to be knitting this man socks for the rest of my life. That may make some of you cringe, but the truth is that it makes me smile when he appreciates my hard work so much.

So, I was wandering through the craft store last week, thinking about what I’d like to spend my $25 Christmas gift card on, when I saw sock yarn that I knew David would love. The brand is Patons Kroy Socks (75% wool, 25% nylon), and the yarn wears like iron, even on the feet of a man who loves his socks and wears them inside, outside, all the time, round the clock (unless he’s showering). This colorway is called “Gray Brown Marl”, which is really not a very pretty name for sock yarn that stripes bright red, shades of gray and a touch of medium brown.

I’m using my own basic toe-up sock pattern for this pair of socks. For David, this means a magic cast-on of 20 stitches, increase to 76, knit for 9.5 inches, insert whatever heels strikes my fancy at the time (I’m thinking afterthought heel on this pair), knit for another 8-9 inches, k2p2 for the cuff and cast off. Rinse, repeat for sock #2. I haven’t made a plain stockinette pair of socks in a while, but they’re perfect for mindless afternoon car line knitting.

I’m also plugging away at the queen-size crocheted ripple afghan that adorns the back of our sofa (which feels like it will be a work-in-progress forever), and a stack of blankets in various sizes, which will be tagged and donated to the hospital where Clara was born. These blankets are specifically for stillborn babies, to be wrapped around the little ones for photographs, to be buried or cremated with them if their parents choose, or to provide a memory and comfort for their parents in their time of grief and loss.

I plan to work on these throughout the next few months and donate as many as I can in July, for Clara. I plan to write more extensively on the loss blankets in the next few weeks, and I will share the pattern I am designing for this project, as well.

Do you knit or crochet? If so, what are you working on?

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two tween girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet rainbow baby girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • Kat Biggie

    Those are beautiful! I never learned how to knit, but I do crochet… simple patterns at least! I’ve made some just plan and simple blankets, but who doesn’t love a warm, crocheted blanket!?!

  • http://www.thedestinymanifest.com/ Heather O.

    Thank you! I’m not very adept at crocheting, but I can do simple patterns… single/double crochets are about my limit. I love having knit and crocheted blankets to wrap up in!

  • http://janinehuldie.com/ Janine Huldie

    You are so very talented and so happy to see all you can do here with knitting. I so wouldn’t even know where to begin and will totally live through your creations. By the way, what a nice gesture to donate afghans in Clara’s name.

  • http://jdeneen.com/ Julie DeNeen

    I have to say, I’m amazed at people who can knit. It just seems so out of my league. What an honoring thing you are doing for your friend.

  • http://www.thedestinymanifest.com/ Heather O.

    Aww, you could do it Julie! I’ve no doubt that you could do anything that you put your mind to!

  • http://www.thedestinymanifest.com/ Heather O.

    Okay, that’s it… I’m teaching you all to knit! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/carrie_rubin Carrie Rubin

    Your post reminds me of how long it’s been since I knitted and crocheted. I used to love it, but now, as with so many other things (like playing the piano), it’s fallen by the wayside. Wonder if I’d even still remember how.

    Thanks for stopping by my site!

  • Cyndi

    I knit, but I’ve had the same blanket for years inside my knitting chest. I should take it back out and work on it or something. ;)

  • http://www.thedestinymanifest.com/ Heather O.

    Yes, you definitely should, Cyndi! :)

  • http://www.thedestinymanifest.com/ Heather O.

    Knitting and crocheting are like riding a bicycle, once you know how, you never forget! I’ve stopped for long periods of time, but I always come back to it eventually. It’s the only way I stay sane, a lot of the time.

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