I know, I know – I disappeared again! It’s finally spring here in MA, and my allergies have been killing me – combined with not sleeping, and the usual work, work, work, and it means I haven’t been online much & definitely haven’t been very productive! But I do have some things to share with you today: I can finally share my two Mother’s Day gifts!
toe up, 64 stitches, cotton / bamboo / soysilk blends.
My pattern: my own version of “blended” socks, where you work one color for a round, the next color for a round, then color a for 2 rounds, color b for 2 rounds, etc., with the occasional fair isle round or two (k1 with A, k1 with B).
I’ve basically given up on the idea of ever finishing the sock yarn afghan – it’s on my bed and is definitely large enough to be used, even though it’s not finished or even “evened out”. So I’ve been knitting through my sock yarn stash. If I ever get motivated to work on the sock yarn afghan blanket again, I’ll just have to do some new swaps or knit more socks for scraps!
I had a very, very small bag of very, very small yarn scraps (acrylic & cotton), inherited from my grandmother when she passed away a year ago March. I wanted to make something “special”, but something “usable” as a tribute to my grandmother – and I wanted to be able to make something for my mother & something for me. We went through the list – afghan – way not enough yarn for one, let alone two afghans or even a small throw. Hat – mom doesn’t really wear hats, & I’m not going to wear an acrylic one. Gloves/mittens – same thought. Scarf – same thought. Shawl – same thought.
So I sat on the idea for quite a while (a year actually), every once in a while bringing it up to Jon & brainstorming, when he came up with the brilliant idea of making slippers. And I immediately thought of making granny square slippers, from the granny square book – the first ever crochet book I owned, and one given to me by my grandmother when I was 14 & first obsessed with crochet (though I was taught when much younger). Perfect for using up the small scraps, something we’d both actually wear & use & love, something that would remind us of her.
I grabbed a skein of red heart super saver for the soles so there’d be enough yarn for 2 pairs.
I started working on these in January, planning on making them & finishing them & giving them to my mom for Mother’s Day. I sort of forgot about them for a couple of months, but dug them out & finished them the first week of May & gave them to her last week. I ended up with not enough scraps to make a pair for me, but the remaining scrap yarn went into charity 12″ squares, and I know my grandmother would be pleased with that.
What did you make for Mother’s Day?