Monday, 14 April 2008

Closing the circle.............

I have cast on for a pair of socks.

A pair of socks that mean a great deal to me.

My great grandmother was a knitter. She was a crafter. She was from a well-to-do family, with a well-to-do marriage. At least until disaster struck and she was left penniless with five kids. She took her crafting skills and made a living from her hands. She designed and hand knit baby items for an upmarket department store. But of all she did her hand knit socks were most legendary. My Grandpa, her son in law, spoke of them in reverent tones. My Grandpa is gone now but her daughter at 93 is still alive and well. And now her great-granddaughter is going to close the circle and put socks back onto the feet of the ones she loves.

These socks are for my grandma. A business woman who had no talent for the domestic arts but still honours their value. It pleases her no end to finally see one of her kin following in her beloved mother's footsteps, using my hands and heart to create.

I am knitting the wavy socks from the mighty The Knitters Book of Yarn. I needed a pattern with a little fun but no annoying holes to snag fingers on when your eyes are no longer so great. The yarn is lovely and squishy (and local). The colour - delightful.

Yep, I am liking them.


KathyR said...

Love the socks! A wonderful way to honour the heritage you were no doubt born with and to "close the circle" between generations; a gift I am certain your grandmother will cherish greatly.

Stephanie said...

these are super pretty!

Lanse said...

Where are you???? When are you coming home? Are you on ravelry? Wanna be our friend and join our groovy group?

xxoo Yarns in the Farms pals

Kathleen said...

Thought you might need some blog fodder, so I tagged you with a meme. Everybody's doing it!