There has been a long running joke, or at least a funny saying, going on between my Mom and I. She tells everyone that her daughter is “growing” sheep, and she is learning to spin yarn and make socks from their wool. Everyone laughs and thinks that is the cutest thing, but it is true. My Mom took one step closer to her goal by attending a spinner’s meeting and learning the basics of that art. Now she really wants a spinning wheel but they are quite expensive. As another step on her path I surprised her with a gift certificate for Christmas. It covered the cost of a class where we are learning to knit socks! My best friend got the same gift and was also very excited to learn with us.
The first class was last Saturday and we had a blast! At first we all felt like fools as we tried to piece together the information we had learned from books, the internet, and each other. It is nice to learn all those little tips and jargon you can only get from a real professional. Our teacher, Faith, is just wonderful, and so is the shop where class is held.
In the above picture you can see how much progress I’m making. When I got the first sock to the stopping point I took a leap and started the next sock on my own. I’m not sure that it is perfectly right, but I’m enjoying the project even if I have to redo some of it. I’m quite sure that the second sock is one stitch wider than the first but I suppose that will be okay.
I told all my friends and family to expect gifts of homemade socks from now on. We have been to about a dozen weddings in the last couple years so when the dozen baby showers start up I’ll be all ready with lots of little baby socks. I’m already interested in another class on making slipper-type things, I’ll keep you posted.
What do you like to knit? Were you surprised at your abilities? How did you learn your hobbies?