So the weather finally, although temporarily, changed for us and I can see that we're heading toward Fall. For those of you interested in meterology and calendars, as it were, I know it is technically Fall, but out here, we usually get a heat-spurt before Summer peters out. We just watch for it, plain and simple. We also watch for fires to signal that the end is near. We have had only a few, so I expect the weather will turn back and a couple scortchers are in the midst before it all dies down. My guess is Thanksgiving.
So, last night we had a tiny bit of rain and the forecast now calls for a few clouds and 70-degree weather which feels cool enough for us to finally wear longer sleeves (you can always call out a tourist when they're wearing shorts on the beach when its 62.5 degrees out, by the way. The rest of us are bundled up).
And speaking of heat- or growth-bursts, the past three or so pair of socks that I have knit for Girlfriend have either "just" fit or have been a little too small. As someone who, by the age of about 9 or 10, couldn't ever play dress up with friends whose moms donated their 50's era pointy high heels to our cause due to a larger-than-size-six feet, I should have known that Girlfriend might also grow some longish feet by her old age of eight. But no, I was none the wiser and wildly knit her toddler-sized socks without a clue.
And the funny thing is, when it comes to her, I have spent the better part of a couple years in total Sock-Knitting Dysmorphia Land. Even though I do buy her shoes, I guess I never clued into the idea that I had to buy her bigger socks, too.
So with this pair, I have officially learned.
Awhile back, I bought one lovely skein of Koigu KPPMmmmmmmmm in this snappy peppy pepto pink color way when I was at Yarn Culture for a book signing a few months ago. Knowing that I can eek out a pair of fingerless gloves (small ones) with one skein, I thought that this skein would make a perfect pair of socks for her. And, caught up in my Sock-Knitting Dysmprphia fog, I didn't even stop to think that TWO skeins are usually not enough for a pair of socks for me!
So I carefully wound off one-half of the skein (with a nice little scale) and then wound off the other half. I cast on for two at a time and knit away. The nice thing about knitting two at a time is that you can avoid that second sock syndrome from which people often suffer, but if you want to, you can always, when you're turning the heal, place one sock on hold and knit it singly until you want to change things up. That is when I found out that I would not have enough yarn to complete the pair.
Are you asleep yet?
Good thing is, I had some sweet Shibui sock yarn in a nice purply tone on tone on hand. Even though I didn't plan to, I'll have to make the toes of her socks in a contrasting color. She's at the age where she won't mind at all. But the nice thing is, I have a feeling that, going forward, she will be the sort of girl who will just be happy, no matter what.
I always say to myself that even though she's my only, and I have always wanted more but I can't, that at least I have her. She's the best girl in the world. (Please remind me that I wrote this when she enters puberty).