One of the pleasures in a knitter’s life is seeing people actually wearing things she (or he) has knit. I’ve been lucky throughout my knitting career in that all my family has always been good about appreciating knit things. In recent years, mostly the things that have been truly appreciated have been socks.
I started knitting socks for my husband in June of 2002, and from the beginning, he has loved them. At first, my plan was for him to use them as bed socks – he had recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and his feet were very cold at night. Soon, though, he started wearing them all the time. He now wears athletic socks for exercise, but the rest of the time he wears the socks I’ve knit him. And he shows them off all the time – both in person and on-line. And, bless him, he likes colorful socks. I really feel for all those women who have to knit black stockinette socks before their husbands will wear them.
I have made him several pair from yarn Meg has dyed, and he loves them – as do I. Here are a few:
I also make socks for myself (which I certainly appreciate!) and for Meg, who wears them whenever she can. A couple of pairs I have made her relatively recently are:
I also knit things for my two grandchildren from time to time. Hazel, who is nine, is a dream to knit for. She loves knit things, especially if they have any touch of glamour. She wears a scarf or shawl, mostly knit by Meg, almost every day now. I gave her two hats for Christmas, and she usually has one of them on when she comes to my house. And when I showed her my first beaded project, she loved it! Here is a photo of it on her hand (it looks so much nicer than with my wrinkly ones – some things are just youthful by nature.)
I’m working on the second one right now. I hope to have it done by the time she comes over tomorrow, so I can give them to her. How nice to have an appreciate granddaughter!
The most surprising success that I’ve had recently, though, is with my grandson. He’s 15 and does not like scarves or cowls. He used to wear knit hats all the time, but no longer. So for Christmas, I came up with the idea of giving him a pair of fingerless gloves. And I designed a pattern that I really liked for him – here are the Tree Bark Mitts:
I have seen Toby wear these mitts almost every time I’ve seen him since I gave them to him, which is a lot. He says he wears them almost every day. He’s worried about what will happen when they wear out – he looked through my old stash (i.e. yarns that Meg didn’t dye) and picked out a ball of Rowan wool/cotton that he really liked the feel of. He’d like another pair like these. He’s also very interested in a pattern I picked out for him on Ravelry:
The pattern is called Gillaspie Gothic Gauntlets – and James Gillaspie is the name of the designer of the 15th century armor that these were modeled after. And look at all the details in that pattern! I’ve bought the pattern and started knitting it out of some gray Cascade 220 I had around. They looked a bit large, so I measured, and Toby’s general slender build means that I need to use a smaller yarn for him. He may be over 6’2″, but he doesn’t weigh very much. So I’m going to “order” some gray yarn from Meg in her new sport-weight base Yummy (merino / cashmere / nylon) and make them in that. I’m really looking forward to it. And I’m really pleased to have found something knitted that Toby really likes – even at age 15.