Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Yarns, Socks and Odds

I finished the almost solid green socks. They are now known officially as:

Leafy Green Socks.

Pretty easy to knit, and I like the way it works for an almost solid yarn. This one has garter rib that flows into the pattern, lace and more garter stitch. The usual heel pattern and toe shaping. I've got to do other heel patterns just for the fun of it. I really like Eye of Partridge heels, and the linen stitch is neat too. Next pair of socks.

And because I have a gazillion sock ideas in my little head, here's the yarn for the next one. I have no name for the yarn, just kept it because I don't have any yarn like it and I really wanted that colorway for moi. And I'm the dyer, so what I say, goes. So there.

Mommie News: I saw the Mommie yesterday. Her memory is a wondrous thing. You never know which way it will go. For a brief moment she forgot that she has a grandson, but then we had a long conversation about indoor plumbing and outhouses from her youth. She was born in 1914, so that's a long time ago.

You want to hear about plumbing in a little town in Transylvania? Outhouses were the rule. She went to high school in a nearby city, and they were already into flush toilets. I can go into depth if you like, but it's not exactly a lovely topic. But it was fascinating, and opened a new world for me.

Grandma came to this country around 1923-24, and left her 3 kids with relatives. When she became a citizen, she sent for her kids and they traveled alone through Europe and onto a ship to the United States. The kids were about 16, 15, and 13 and spoke not a word of English. Can you see this happening today with our kids?

So the Mommie arrived here when she was 15, couldn't finish high school because her income was needed. Learned perfect English in night school. Whadda woman!

Jen - They are fun to knit. You do have to pay a little attention when you're knitting them. I tried this originally in a multicolored yarn. Blech. You couldn't see the pattern at all.

Emily - Aw shucks!

Erin - We tried this with a tape recorder many years ago, and the Mommie became stilted and not relaxed. So I dredge out these stories from her now. Her long term memory is incredible. Short term - eh. But she's in a safe place, pretty much compos mentis, and happy. Not bad for 93, huh?

Carolyn - Thank you, as usual. Let me know what you think of them.

Melissa - Thanks! I like them too. Egotistical Yarnarian!


Jen said...

Oh my, I love those green socks!

Emily said...

Whadda woman indeed! I love hearing about those stories.

Erin said...

Oooh, pretty, pretty socks!

You've got to get those stories recorded. My grandparents have a book to fill out that steps them through various highlights in their lives. It's pretty cool and will be such a treasure when complete.

Carolyn said...

Ooh! Lovely socks! The yarn is drop dead gorgeous, too. :)

Melissa said...

I love the socks! I can't wait to try the pattern.. after i buy it of course. ;-)


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