Last year was a rough one for us, and interestingly (or predictably) my knitting suffered. By the summer I really wasn't knitting much of anything at all... A baby sweater and a couple of pairs of socks in the WIP/UFO basket. The summer was insane and crazy and just seemed unending, but into the fall and I was knitting again (see previous about socks).
At one point over some wine in Manitoulin, André's Aunt Carol and I were talking about knitting and socks, and how her feet and hands are always cold and how she's really into crafty things, but knitting just wasn't something she ever did much of (although you should see the cross-stitch art in her place, unbelievable).
Well then, hint taken and once I was back on the knitting train, it was time to hunt up some patterns!
Aunt Carol is one of those rock-like people in our lives. She and her husband Terry are level headed, down-home, smart, grounded, forces of nature. They are such a great partnership, and André and I hope that once we've been together as long as they have, that we'll have a relationship something like theirs. Oh, and now they have 2 little grandbabies too!
Cold feet want warm real wool love, and I wanted to give Aunt Carol something that reflected how we see her and her family. I wanted to give her socks that would last forever, in a pattern that was subtle and interesting but solid (aka no lace) and preferably in local(ish) yarn.
Elm by Cookie A fit the bill perfectly. Long traveling ribs have structural interest without being finicky and help keep the socks snug again the foot. Now partner that pattern with Briggs & Little DuraSport in Oatmeal. The result:
Beautiful warm, solid socks that will hopefully last a good long while.
Sorry the picture's not the best... some of the other Aunts were in town over the holidays and volunteered to be sock delivery facilitators, so it was a bit of a rush block/dry/pictures/package for sending. They have requested their own socks as payment. I'd best get on those.
Stand tall (with warmer toes) Aunt Carol and know that you are an inspiration to us. Love, Jen