Saturday, April 08, 2006

FO: SOAMCL

This is why technology is great and having a mom who would rather change a diaper than turn on a computer is even better.

My first pair of "adult" socks are complete. There are flubs and over-tightening and a ladder here and there...but aren't any worse than any other homemade gift I've ever sent off to mom.

Poor mom, had to deal with so many "made for her" crafts from school...and she kept and hung up every last one! Remember those plaster/tempra hand prints we all did in kindergarten (plaster for the lucky kids, tempra for us poor neighborhood kids)? On purple cardboard and LAMINATED! I know, I've seen it as an adult, mom has 'em. And my little brother, only 14 I know, but he too has his collection of "drarings" from when he was what, three? ALL OVER THE HOUSE. He's embarrassed about a few of them, but they will not go away, mom won't let them. So without further adieu, I give you:
"Socks Only A Mother Could Love"

Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit "Fun & Stripes" Color:614, Lot: 46525
Needle Size: US 2 for the cast on and a couple rows of ribbing, then US 1 for the rest.

So they started out as "Classy Slip Up" from Knit Socks!, but I didn't like what the "self-striping" looked like with that pattern. I think I ended up describing it as "adding the yarn in the wrong row" or something, so I kept the ribbed top and their heel and toe, but make the rest simple stockingette.

I honestly don't know how long they took me...I remember starting the first one on my trip down to LA in, what, January? But that was when it was a "Classy Step Up." But I finished the first week of April. Hmm, 3 months to make a pair of socks? I must be getting faster :).

Okay, so these are my mom's mom-day gift. I've gone out and gathered the rest for the box (cuz socks are lonely in big boxes you know):

So there's the Ginger Peach Tea (for longevity), the See's Chocolates (to mess with her blood sugar--no she's not diabetic, I just could not make the gift all "good for you" stuff, now could I?), a neat card from Papyrus (yeah, I could have made one for less, but I don't do well with glue guns and glitter, why dabble in what others can do better at than me?) and the SOAMCLs.

Now I just have to wrap it, pack it, and ship it. Yes, this is only the 8th of April, I have a WHOLE month, what am I doing? I know myself too well. It will take me a week, if not two, to accomplish that last bit. Not for lack of trying, either, it's just, that's how I am. There's a stack of library materials I've been done with for a week...yeah, by the door even...yeah, I know me too well. Besides, I'm aiming for the 10th of May, Mexican Mom's day, and my 2nd un-anniversary! That part's the kicker, eh? Nothing like having clashing memories for the same day. Fun.

Happy Saturday!

3 comments:

jillian said...

I'm sure your mom will adore the socks, and everything else! I love the ginger peach from ROT, yummy!

Anonymous said...

Aw, I doubt she just "put up" with your homemade gifts. I'm sure she treasures them. I have kept almost ;) everything my kids ever made me because the effort and love mean so much to me. Only a few have I 'allowed' to break or suggest they would look great in the backyard. My son's popsicle stick picture frame with his face in the middle has hung over my kitchen sink for 3 years. When I'm really upset at my kids, its hard to stay mad long when you see these offerings all over the place. Now does it mean its just cause I'm a mom.... cause I think the socks look great! :)

Anonymous said...

Aw, I doubt she just "put up" with your homemade gifts. I'm sure she treasures them. I have kept almost ;) everything my kids ever made me because the effort and love mean so much to me. Only a few have I 'allowed' to break or suggest they would look great in the backyard. My son's popsicle stick picture frame with his face in the middle has hung over my kitchen sink for 3 years. When I'm really upset at my kids, its hard to stay mad long when you see these offerings all over the place. Now does it mean its just cause I'm a mom?.... cause I think the socks look great! :)