With all the things I’d been making to give away, I thought it’d be fun to make my own Christmas socks. Nothing more complicated than your basic, plain sock pattern. The work would be done by the yarn. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
I started out with 12 rows of K1P1 ribbing. From there, it’s straight stockinette stitch until I came to the heel flap. The heel flap, heel turn, and gusset were all part of the same idea – as basic as I could get. My goal was to have the pair done so I could wear them at my family’s Christmas gathering.
It was while I was working on the second sock, while I was in the waiting room for a doctor’s appointment, that I had a very startling experience. Someone strongly objected to either my knitting or the Christmas socks I was making. She seemed rather put out because I was knitting quietly in the chair, and wanted to know why I was doing ‘that’ in the doctor’s office waiting room. Uh… *glances offside and back again* I can’t fathom why someone would object to it, but she seemed to have strong opinions and feelings about the whole thing.
Either way, I kept knitting. I had a goal. I was going to meet my goal. My doctor’s appointment went well, and I was soon back on with my day. My experience with the woman still rankled a bit. However, I wasn’t going to allow her to ruin my plans.
That evening, I finished my socks. They fit!!