To My SisterPosted: February 20, 2007
When I saw you on Christmas Eve, I was wearing handknit socks. I pointed them out to you because I was super excited about them. I had just begun my sock knitting frenzy, and these were the first ones that I knit two-at-a-time from the toe up to the cuff. And they fit me really well.
After I told you about the socks, you asked if we could put our feet up against each other to compare foot sizes. I was perplexed. I mean, I wear a size 5 and you’re a 6, so it wouldn’t exactly be a huge surprise if your foot is slightly bigger, right? But frankly, I said no because your socks didn’t look so clean to me. I didn’t want your questionable socks giving yucky cooties to my nice handknit ones. Don’t roll your eyes at me — you already know I’m a tad obsessive about cleanliness.
You brought up the foot comparison thing again. Finally, a little light bulb came on in my head and I asked if you just wanted to try on my socks. You answered “Yes!” In a tone of voice that implied “it sure took you long enough to get my drift.” O-kay, I guess I was a little slow on the uptake. Amazingly, the socks fit. You seemed really interested in them. We talked about the colors, and you thought they were good but maybe something brighter would be nice too. We pretty much left it at that — I didn’t say I would knit socks for you, and you didn’t ask. But I was already scheming.
A week later, I ordered the yarn for your socks. I’m kind of a slacker, so I didn’t start knitting them until Super Bowl Sunday. I’m not sure if this colorway is what you meant by brighter, but there is more definitely purple in it and I know you like purple. Here is a comparison:
Your sock is on the left side of the photo
I was actually trying to finish them while we were chatting on the phone the other night. You know, the night when you were tearing your way through a massive pile of junk mail while talking with me? During our conversation about your most frequently used handknit items, you said jokingly that I could feel free to knit socks for you. I smiled and managed to keep quiet even though I was bursting to tell you aobut my project.
So finally, here are your socks. They aren’t perfect, but hopefully they will fit you well and last for several winters. It’s best to handwash them, but I don’t even do that and I have way more free time than you do. So we’ll settle for the care instructions on the label, okay? Whatever you do, do not wash them in hot water! They’ll end up looking like the little felted purple purse.
I really enjoyed knitting these socks for you. I hope your feet feel warm and happy in them.