A couple weeks ago, I started thinking about what we might give her as a gift, but nothing jumped to mind. I was waffling on whether I should make her something, or go for something like a gift certificate to the garden center. I think I've made most of the gifts I've given her for the last few holidays, so I was starting to lean away from doing that for this birthday.
Then she came to visit us last weekend. I was working on the samples for the new sock pattern I'm writing, and I think she tried on the sample socks at least 3 times, declaring that they were a perfect fit! I didn't think they actually were a perfect fit, since they were made for my feet, which are a full inch longer than hers, but I knew I could make her a pair that was a perfect fit.
Still, I waffled back and forth for a few more days. Then, Thursday night, I decided to pick up some yarn and begin mom's birthday socks while I was at Knit Night.
By bedtime that night, I had just turned the heel of the first sock.
The next day, I spent a lot of time knitting. I finished the first sock, and worked on the foot of the second one while I was on a coffee shop date with my husband. We came home, I turned the heel of the second sock and got about 3 inches up the leg by about 10:30 that night.
Suddenly, it hit me. I HAD FORGOTTEN THE LEG RIBBING ON THE SECOND SOCK JUST LIKE I DID LAST TIME I MADE THESE SOCKS!
I am nothing if not consistent.
So I frogged it back down to the heel before going to bed.
The next morning, we woke up and headed to my parents' house for a visit. It's a 2 hour car ride, which would have been enough to finish the sock, if I hadn't made that silly mistake. As it was, I got almost the entire leg done on the ride up, then finished the binding off and weaving in the ends later Saturday afternoon while I was running around with my sister. I was thankful that I had chosen a project that didn't need blocking to look "finished"!
Sunday, we celebrated my mom's birthday along with my grandma's and my daughter's. Here's mom opening her socks. I think she liked them.
She even played foot model for me and let me take a few pictures to use for the new pattern.
I'll be working on releasing a new pattern tomorrow, but the next thing on my to-do list after that is to get the test knit started for these socks, so they can be a late-April release!