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A Story with a Moral

April 18th, 2007 by tatterdemalion

pink socks

What’s this a picture of? My feet. In my socks.

I knit those socks out of yarn my great-grandmother gave me, and it’s 100% wool. It’s also an almost pepto-bismol pink, but it was free, and I didn’t want to use something expensive for my first pair of socks. And my first knitting project, unless you count the scarf I made for my father when I was nine—a mile wide and two miles long, and more dropped stitches than I can count. That was a long time ago, though.

I did improve my skills from one sock to the other, which pleased me.

sock cuff

My casting on got better. The top one is my first sock, the bottom one is my second try. With the second one, I cast on in knit two, purl two, which really makes your head hurt the first time you do it.

sock toes

And here are the toes. They’re a little bit fuzzy, because I’ve been walking around in sock-feet, but you can see how the top one (first try) is kind of mangled, and on the second sock I’ve managed to graft the toe together invisibly.

But I didn’t teach myself; I had lots of help. (And here comes the moral.) My quilting buddy is old enough to be my grandmother. Sometimes, when she doesn’t feel like quilting, she knits instead. The first time I saw her working with 4 double-pointed needles like it was a tamed hedgehog, I knew I wanted to learn someday. And I said as much. And she assured me it was really very easy, and she’d be glad to teach me.

Actually, over the course of severeal months, I said “someday I want to learn how to knit socks” several times. She kept offering to teach me. I did mean it, all of it, especially the “someday” part. But finally she put down her knitting, looked me in the eye, and said, “Well, T., how long do you expect me to live?

I started learning to knit sock the very next week.

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  1. A Story with a Moral » The Ethereal Voice Says:

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  2. abigail Says:

    Ha!

    That’s the most succinct way to light a fire I’ve ever heard.

    I love them and am impressed that this is your first attempt. I’ve always intended on learning to knit “someday,” too, but I don’t have any life expectancy plans, so perhaps I’ll never get around to it.

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