Monday, December 03, 2007

Knitting for the Boy Child

This weekend I knit nothing but things for the boy child. He guilted me into knitting socks for him when his dear Aunt was visiting for Thanksgiving. His feet grew several sizes in what seems like overnight, so none of his hand knit socks fit him anymore. Who knew he was a descendant of Fred Flintstone. I started the first sock Friday and finished it Saturday. He was at a sleep over, so he wasn't here to try it on before I wove in the ends. Sunday morning he comes home bright and early and I have him try the finished sock on. It is the perfect length, but he is complaining that it "pinches his toes" ..... What????? So I fiddle around with the sock to make sure he has it on straight and he says "I am sorry mom, but it feels too tight across the toes". I have him take off the sock and take a look at his feet.... he has Fred Flintstone feet. They are rectangular, very little tapering at the toes. So now I have to frog the toe and make them more square. This is the sock. I think it may be cursed though. I was going to start the second one right away, and couldn't find the second skein of yarn. It has been in the stash for a very long time. It is Lang Jawoll, and is not one of my favorite yarns to knit with. I searched everywhere and then I remembered I had used some of it for baby socks for charity knitting. What to do????? I could either totally frog this sock, (which he likes, I might add) and knit with something else, or see if I could locate a skein of this 7 year old yarn. I know the dye lots won't match, but I did mange to find some in the same color, so I ordered it. Karen is knitting him a pair of socks for Christmas, I called her, hoping that she had not finished the first one yet, but she had ..... so we will both be on a lily pad in the frog pond.


So , while I am waiting for the other skein to arrive, I started another pair of socks for him in some Jaeger Matchmaker 4 ply merino, in Sage. I have come to discover my stash is lacking in masculine colors. Wonder if I can convince the DH I need to fix that situation. Probably not since he refuses to wear anything knit. Both socks are just a 3 x 1 rib with a plain vanilla foot, just the way he likes them.






He has also been asking for a pair of black fingerless gloves. They will probably end up being fingerless mitts, because I hate making all those fingers. I am just knitting these in some Cascade 220 I had in the stash. He will be very happy with his new knitted accessories. I need to make him a new hooded pullover too.. I asked him why he never wears the one I made him at the beginning of the year. Apparently, his feet are not alone in the growing department, and he doesn't like sweaters with 3/4 length sleeve : ) I have to knit him another one so he will let his little sister have that one, otherwise he won't part with it.



That is all for today, have a great week!!!


27 F and clear blue skies here today. What is like in your part of the world?

17 comments:

Karen said...

Fred Flintstone feet indeed. I'm going to wait until I've finished the second sock to undo the first (I have already started the second and I don't want to rip it too). You know you want to knit all those 1" fingers, knit him fingerless gloves.

hakucho said...

When boys start growing they really grow fast! My youngest wants some home made socks but I have to finish the slippers first. They're my top priority. Your socks are always so beautiful. I don't think I'd ever knit gloves. The fingers I think would make me too nervous. I think fingerless mitts are a great idea :)

happy knitting :)

Cactusneedles said...

Good luck on the socks! Sounds like his feet will grow some more before you even finish the socks! It's about mid 70's here, with blue skies and sun today (the weekend was rainy and cold)! Happy knitting!! :)

~Tonia~ said...

Well I guess it is better to find out now than once the pair is done. ;) It is great that he wants your hand knits and obviously cherishes them.

Caroline said...

I'd be so excited if my thriteen-year-old son would ask for a handknit item. First I would have to break him of the habit of running outside in his stocking feet.

Janice said...

Very lucky boy child!!!!! But sounds like he appreciates all the hard knitting (and frogging....)

Helen Knits said...

Well in our part of the world Australia it has been extremely hot and humid 87.8F(I had to go to a converter) terrible isn't it, I can't work it out in my head. Too hot to knit some days but I try to anyway.

My son is the same with his socks too grows out of them in no time.

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Jknits said...

I think it's great that you're making socks for your son and that he wants them. My kids want giant afghans. Socks I'd consider.

trek said...

We are grey, cold, and intermittently snowy here.

gypsyknits said...

Your socks are gorgeous. But why do the male species only see color in drab grey, black etc?
Boys grow by leaps and bounds, I feel for you making Fred Flintstone socks. I am making Fred, Barney and Fred's brothers socks up here for Christmas gifts.
Weather: Much snow, 27 degrees and still snowing. School's out!

Tammy said...

Monica,
I've just returned to reading your blog after a major computer crash last year. Iremember you had designed a sock with a new heel. If that pattern is available now I would like to buy. Please email me and I will give you my address.
thanks!

Tammy said...

Monica,
Tammy's email is blackcatsox@inbox.com.(just posted)

Carol said...

It sounds like your busy busy with socks...I have three more pairs to finish for Christmas...oh, and it was in the high 60's here yesterday with sunny skies...

Diane said...

Seems like everything we eat goes to our asses but everything boys eat goes right to their feet. lol. I finally got the bright idea to knit the toes on my grandson's socks in a different color so I could pick out the toe and reknit it longer.

Allison said...

Love those orange mitts - so when can I get the pattern?

Allison said...

Hey Monica:

Sent you an e-mail to the address on your profile. Thanks for your note on my blog!