I just received an email from Mom. She announced that as much as she appreciates the cowls I have knit her now that the weather has turned cold, she does not need any more, thank you very much. What she wants this year is not the flip top mitts that I had planned to finish and finally give her, but wool socks. And not a pair, but PAIRS.
I am a speedy knitter, but to add 2-3 pair of socks to my to be knitted list is a bit much at this point. Luckily, a solution occurred to me.
I knit my daughter about 10 pair of socks when she was a college student in upstate New York. Because I needed to make multiple pair in a short amount of time, most were in sport or DK weight yarn, which turned out to be heavier than she liked. Many of the socks made their way back to our home post-graduation, where they have languished in the closet of her childhood bedroom (she moved out five years ago).
She wears the same size shoe as Mom, so I decided to make a reconnaissance mission. I found 3 pair that look and feel good, all of which have ribbing on the cuff and the instep (Mom insists she must have this for her skinny feet). Here is what I found:
If I have time, I can knit her a fourth pair in fingering weight.
Now I can get back to the other gifts