Please do not judge me when I say that I have been married for a very long time but that these socks are the first things I have knitted for my husband. From what I can gather, he had some sort of trauma in his distant past that might have involved something like a hideous home-made jumper with different-length sleeves that he was forced to wear in public. He has never spoken of it, but neither has he encouraged me to pick up the knitting needles and yarn (which he calls sticks and string) on his behalf.
I started these socks on a trip to Britain in September 2015 when we took my dad’s ashes back to the farm and the family grave. I remember the timing well because I had knitting needles (circulars) and a body (okay, ashes) on the aeroplane, much to the amazement of the chap sitting behind me. Yes, I am a danger to safe aviation.
I thought I might finish them for Christmas 2015, but we can all see how that panned out. They are finished in time for winter 2017, but he probably will not be wearing them for a while as we are still having a late-summer heatwave. It was 40°C (more than 100°F) on the day I wove in the ends on these socks. Not exactly sock weather.
So many months’ work went into their creation that I might have to impose a few conditions on when hubby will be allowed to wear them:
- no untrimmed toenails
- no dirty feet
- no going outside with socks on but no shoes.
Yes, he will only be allowed to admire them in the safety of his sock drawer!
The Waikiwi yarn I used is a blend of wool, nylon (for strength, handy in socks), alpaca and possum from New Zealand. Perhaps it is the possum fur that makes the socks so very soft and warm. The possums in New Zealand are Australian marsupial possums that have gone feral. In New Zealand, possums are a pest to be eradicated, and the clever Kiwis make the toastiest socks and gloves with their fur. In Australia, possums are a protected native species.
Although I am in a crazy knitting phase, I have been profiled in the current issue of Australian Patchwork & Quilting, volume 26, number 12. Honestly, I will have other quilty projects to tell you about, but I am working on a local quilt show entry that I have to keep under wraps.