I just found this in my drafts folder. Life must have gotten in the way as I was setting out to take pictures and finish up this post…but it’s a perfect snapshot of my life at the moment, perhaps especially because I’m posting it nearly a week late and still unfinished.
Here’s the picture of the finished project, though:
start date: 1 March 2016
time elapsed: 1 day
At some point in the last couple of years, apparently while my back was turned, Ithilien developed a favorite color.
So the last time I was making new socks for the smalls, Ithilien was quite insistent that he wanted red socks. Red socks with gray toes and gray cuffs. Having just finished up a pair of red socks for my mother’s birthday, I was happy to use my leftover yarn to oblige him, and the red socks have been his go-to pair for the last year.
But as he put them on one morning last week, the heels no longer reached far enough to cover his heels.
“Oh no,” I said, “They’re too small. You can wear them one last time today, and then they’ll have to go into storage.”
“Okay.” He said. “But you have to make new red socks with just gray on the toes and the cuffs.”
“So I can wear them.” Said he.
“Because I very love the color red.” He said.
“So I need more red socks.” Said Ithilien.
“Oh.” I said. “Really?”
“Yeah. And then when I am a grown-up I will need very big red socks, and you must knit them.”
And that is why I am knitting new red socks for Ithilien this week.
The yarn is lovely and smooth Limited Edition Chickadee from Quince and Co, which I dyed a semisolid red with equal parts strawberry and black cherry Kool-aid. I’m holding it doubled for this project. The pattern is Rye from The Simple Collection by Tin Can Knits, which is a great basic-but-attractive sock in a variety of sizes. The pattern is definitely written for beginners, which feels slightly patronizing when you already know how to knit socks, but it’s very well-written. I did an eye-of-partridge stitch heel flap instead of the prescribed stockinette and am knitting a 7.25″ foot, otherwise I’m following the pattern pretty closely.