Does anyone else’s washing machine or clothes dryer eat socks (only one of the pair of course)? Where do they go? The last sock I was missing was a hand knitted sock which caused me great sadness. The next time I did laundry I began to think – sometimes items get caught on a teeny, tiny nail at the bottom of our laundry shoot. Sure enough, I looked up with anticipation and there it was dangling, waiting to be rescued. My once lost sock was now reunited with it’s mate.
I recently had another item missing which caused me even more distress than the loss of my sock. I had lost my SOCK knitting instruction book. I purchased this book back about 7 years ago when I started the hand knitting sock craze and I am constantly referring to it if not actually knitting a pair from one of it’s patterns. Oh so sad…really…really sad. I looked for it for over three months. I figured I must have left it in a hotel room, a coffee shop, maybe it fell out of my bag somewhere.
The day I had decided to buy the book again, I was grabbing something off the bookshelf and there it was. Yes, I looked there before – more than once! I found it wedged between two 3-ring binders. Yay! The Lost is Found! I know there are several other Sock books out there but this one had all my notes, markings and comments. It’s like a well used cookbook except it is the patterns that are tried and tested and made multiple times.
What have you been missing lately?
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I recall as a young wife and mother a wise woman advised me to always have ingredients on hand to be able to throw together a quick meal for the unexpected guest. Over the years I have also learned to have a gift box full of things that could be given as gifts for that unexpected event, birthday party, hostess gift, etc. A staple in my “Gift Box” is handmade dishcloths. I love making these and people seem to love receiving something handmade.
My quick-go-to pattern is what I call the Mormor’s Dishcloth Pattern. It’s a good knitting pattern for beginners. I came by this pattern from my grandma back in the ’90s. I have a photo copy of the pattern out of the August-September, 1991 “Best of Workbasket” magazine. How many of you out there have a collection of “Workbaskets?” I know my mother has a big box. The pattern is easy…
Mormor Dishcloth Pattern:
Yarn: worsted weight 100% cotton (common yarn used is “Sugar ‘n Cream” by Lily)
Needles: US 10 (You can be flexible here – there is no gauge required)
- Cast on 4 sts
- Row 1: K across
- Row 2: K 2, yo, k to end of row
- Repeat Row 2 until there are 43 sts on needle. (or less if you want to make is smaller)
- Next – Dec Rows: K 1, K 2 tog, yo, k 2 tog, k to end. Continue working dec row until 4 sts remain
- Last Row: K across 4 sts, bind off
Happy Knitting! Tell me what you like to give as a quick gift.
Have you ever bought yarn for a project for yourself and then turn around and give it to someone else instead? This is what happened to me during the holidays. I had taken inventory of my sock drawer and decided that some of my ready-made socks were nearing the end of their lives. Oh darn – I need more socks to replace them and I want them hand-knitted. High on my list was brown socks. I have a couple of brown pants that I always wear with basic, no thrill brown socks. I was excited for my next yarn shopping adventure.
Ok, I admit, I am not like my husband with a mission in mind when I go shopping. I do not walk in the store, seek out the “sock” yarn, find what I want, buy it and I’m on my way. No, during my yarn shopping trip I looked through the entire yarn department touching, feeling and petting several of the skeins as I passed through the isles. I dreamed up all the projects I could knit or crochet with this lovely yarn. “Earth to Sonya, earth to Sonya” – oh ya, I was shopping for sock yarn. I cleared my head and started to focus on my mission. I reached my destination and was SOooo…disappointed in the small selection. Yep, when you bop into a box store you can’t expect much and my town doesn’t have a yarn shop. I made my selection – not brown – they didn’t have brown but I am partial to self-patterning yarn so Clover Colors it was by Patons. As you can see it has greens, reds, blues and a touch…a hint…a scant…ok…no brown. Hey, give me credit I searched the entire yarn department.
During our family Christmas we somehow began talking about hand-knitted socks. Alex, my oldest daughter, piped in and said, “hey, you have only made me one pair of socks and some slippers. I want another pair.” To the studio I marched and pulled out the “not so brown” sock yarn and asked if she would like a pair made out of the yarn. It was a YES! She selected a pattern and now my socks were hers. I love the way they turned out. I had made the pattern before – oh funny – they were made with a brown tweed. I disliked the mock-cable which the pattern called for so I changed it to a true cable. Hey, I knit like I cook. If I don’t like the recipe, I change it. I know there is more like me out there. Back to the pattern – I do really like the true cable. I also like the picot edging. It adds a nice finishing touch to the top. What do you think?