Instantly, I was intrigued. I've always had cold feet in the winter and have learned over the years that if I can keep my feet warm, then the rest of me stays warm, too. Most sock yarn is made from wool- a miraculous fiber from the gods and the sheep that has been known for over a millennia to contain the ever essential component of warmness. If I could teach myself how to knit these babies, my days of cold feet- cold body, would be over.
In earnest, I went to the library and checked out the book, Knitting for Dummies, and proceeded to teach myself how to knit in the round- an initially formidable skill that is usually used for knitting up anything that calls for a tube-like garment. Unfortunately, learning from a book isn't always the best way to learn a manual skill like knitting, so this is where Jan came in, when I found myself stuck in the pattern because I was knitting on the inside of the round instead of the outside. It only took a matter of minutes for her to see where I was making my mistake. And it was only a matter of days following her instruction, that my first sock was finished.
Of course, once you make one, you have to make the other. Encouraged and enthused by my newly acquired skill, I began taking orders from anyone who'd like a pair. All of the boys would need some, my parents, sisters, friends, Mr. Hero. The list began to take on a life of it's own, and it didn't take long before I discovered that with the speed I was knitting them, I'd be a grandmother before everyone had been warmed by my work. Worse yet, someone could certainly fall off the list, by mistake, and get their feelings hurt in the process.
Mr. Hero, lamentably, happened to be the one. Not that he knew it (until now). But I did. And so, on one cool day last March, when I was putting my folded pairs of hand-knit socks back into my sock drawer, I realized that Mr. Hero still needed his pair.
Resolute to please my man with the exquisite luxury of warm feet richness I had already begun to take for granted, I set about looking for an American sourced and spun yarn company that could provide the perfect yarn for my project. Quince & Co fit the bill. In no time at all, my tern yarn, in the color of barnacle/139, had arrived. The pattern, Elementary Watson Socks, by Sherry Menton, was a real find. Sherry gives instructions for a cable sans cable needle, which works like a charm and speeds up the cable rounds fantastically. It is also interesting (which helps offset the second sock syndrome), easy to memorize, and most importantly, makes up a wicked pair of socks.
Unfortunately, Mr. Hero would still have to wait another six months before he'd get to feel the sensation of his wife's handiwork... but that's only because the weather had warmed up by the time the yarn had arrived, and by then I was ready to get my hands into the dirt, instead of on the needles.
|the flying geese stitch with cables-which repeat every 12 rounds|
Well, you know how the old saying goes... good things come to those who wait.
Luckily, Mr. Hero didn't seem to mind.