You may recall that I abandoned the socks I started back in October. I loved the yarn – Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Yarn – and I loved the colors and they were perfect for Halloween. For some reason, though, I just didn’t want to knit them. I set them aside and I moved on to other projects. They kept nagging at me, though, and I was determined to finish them by the end of the year. So in the week before Christmas, when my knitting time was, quite frankly, very limited, I began working on them again. And as I did I realized they were perfect for my friend Anne.
No one I know loves Halloween like Anne does and, after the year she has had, she truly deserved some hand knit sock love for Christmas. Of course, I don’t actually knit for Christmas, but I decided that Anne was worth it and I started hauling ass to get those socks done in time.
Here’s the funny and ironic part of the story, though. We get together with Anne and Tom most Sundays to watch football and we had plans to spend the 23rd together doing just that. I knew I could finish the socks in time for Christmas if I knit them during the game and I didn’t really think anyone would notice them at all since I knit during most every game anyway. Wouldn’t you know, though, that Anne noticed and remarked on how cool they were. She even said, “those look like Halloween colors. Those are my colors.” I love her but I tell ya, in that moment, I could have smacked her. I just smiled, told her I had started them back in October but didn’t finish in time for Halloween, and kept on knitting.
I finished them on Christmas Eve morning and I photographed them in a cranberry crate full of antique ornaments. It seemed only fitting to use those ornaments as a backdrop since I got the inspiration for doing that from Anne.
I gave them to Anne that night when they came over for our annual Christmas Eve Open House and she loved them. They fit perfectly, thank goodness, and she wore them to my house last Sunday when she and Tom came over to watch football.
I just love it when a plan works out.