In Georgia the summers are hot and long. Hot enough that for about 4-5 months out of the year I am in open toed shoes. I am one of those people that as long as their feet are warm their whole body is warm and my eldest son seems to be the same. So while other knitters are posting about the onset of fall and the return on hats and gloves I know that in our home we still have a few months to wait. But for now we get socks.
This spring my friend Joeli asked for test knitters for a child’s sock book she was working on. Not being a big sock knitter, I decided to take a crack thinking I could learn a lot about the techniques behind sock knitting and not get bored.
Shortly after finishing the first sock I was hospitalized due to complications during my pregnancy. Obviously upset I tried to look on the bright side that at least this time I did not have an IV in my hand so I could knit. I knit up a storm and when my son visited a few days later I was able to present him with a pair of mamma-made socks. Quickly he threw them on and started to slip all over the hospital’s slick floors.
The great thing about socks is how everyday they are. My son was able to wear them to school, around the house and even to bed. At a time when he was missing his mom he was able to take a token of my love with him everywhere he went. It was great when I was gone and still good for the everyday pangs of this work-outside-the-home-mom’s heart when dropping off her boys at childcare. So the obvious choice for my next project while in the hospital was a matching pair of socks for the soon to arrive little brother who I knew I would be separated from part time while he was in the NICU. Now, at 7 months old he is kicking off or eating those socks every chance he gets.
But in the summer sock knitting was the last thing on my mind. My feet were hot and the whole family was barefoot. But sure enough the first week with a nip in the air Joeli’s book, Tiny Treads, came out. Perfect. Now in the interest of full disclosure Joeli is a friend, my main tech editor and totally awesome. I cast on moments after downloading the ebook for a pair of socks. Blue by request of my favorite 3 year old.
The book was full of great patterns. I just finished my 3rd pair of Sandman socks last night, a pattern I find extremely satisfying to knit because it is so full of reward points. But the designer in me is drawn to the sizing chart and basic sock recipes. The recipes provide instructions for 2 different sock types, toe-up and top-down, in 4 different gauges. A great way to save yourself the up front math of a project so you can focus on the yarn and the child you are knitting for. I found the sizing chart particularly handy because I cast on while my boys were asleep. All I had to do was look up his shoes size and it corresponded perfectly to the age ranges she had listed. I love that Joeli included both ways because so many children fall outside the normal ranges at some point in their childhood.