Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Sock Grows Near Brookline

Today's post takes us north, to a novice sock knitter, Cynthia Ward, who lives in the Boston exurb Jamaica Plain, near the Brookline border. And the wool she's using, the self-striping Opal Hundertwasser (http://www.opalsockyarn.com/Hundertwasser1.html), came from her LYS, A Good Yarn, in Brookline Village, on Station Street. http://www.agoodyarn.biz/ (As a former resident of Brookline, I'm happy to see that the mediocre restaurant on that corner of Washington and Station Streets has been replaced by a more appealing establishment.)

Cynthia learned to knit when she was ten, but now, several decades later, this is her first pair of socks. They're for her husband, Paul, "because he doesn't like sweaters, vests, and scarves, and I couldn't find reasonably-priced ragg socks in the store." The pattern is from Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks (Interweave 2007), a book she recommends.

Initially, Cynthia wasn't thrilled with working on four double-pointed #2 needles, but she's getting used to them. The first sock, begun on Christmas day, is now nearly complete, and the process of watching the pattern and shaping emerge has been "addictive. You can get a lot of different things done in each sitting." She predicts: "There are more socks in my future."

Lucas, her six-year-old son, says, "Socks take a lot of concentration. My mom is always telling me to wait a second, when I want her, because she's knitting." Cynthia adds, "And he he won't jump on me, because he knows that all those little pointy needles can stab."

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