Antidote for sock knitter’s blues

This Louisiana gal has discovered what her northern knitting sisters have known for some time:  there is a winter antidote for the sock knitter’s blues.

On a moment of inspiration, I began knitting Christmas mittens for my beloved father-in-law.  His hands have now been twisted by arthritis; I can’t imagine how he could be comfortable in gloves.  He lives in a frigid, mid-western state and needs the warmth.  I’ve used Wool Ease because my mother-in-law died last Thanksgiving day.  Single men should not be required to deal with felt-able wool, eh?

How does this relate to sock knitting blues?  Well, my friends, if you are used to knitting fingering weight yarn on #1’s, try the instant gratification of worsted weight on #3’s.  It makes a lovely, dense weather-resistant fabric that seems to just fly off the needles.  Good for the psyche!

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4 Comments

  1. Knitnana said,

    November 19, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Hmm…maybe I should knit the son-in-law some mittens? No. I suspect it would be smarter to buy some for him. ;)
    (((hugs)))

  2. Birdsong said,

    November 20, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Good reason to switch from project to project…. I find it hard to stick with socks because of all that tiny knitting.

  3. AlisonH said,

    November 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Cool. And best wishes to him and you both–it’s got to be hard, coming up on the anniversary. Warmth for the hands and the heart both: you go, girl!

  4. Debby said,

    November 22, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I’m so glad you made it through Oz! Just read your previous post, and if there ever was a reason not to knit for a week, that was certainly it! So glad you are feeling better.

    Your FIL is going to love those mittens. I think most men feel very honored when someone knits especially for them. :)


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