My mom makes the best…

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My Mom makes the best…

My Mom makes the best of a lot of things—strawberry freezer jam, canned peaches, German potato salad, Swiss steak. But there is one thing my Mom makes that no one else can quite compare to: socks.

I’m not sure when this tradition began, but for many years now, Mom has been knitting a pair of socks for everyone in the family for Christmas. I honestly have lost count. The first pair that she made for me was in high school—they were made with a variegated brown yarn, and I loved them! I loved them so much, in fact, that I wore holes in the soles of each sock by the time I graduated! But at some point, she transitioned from just making them for the fun of it, to making them for us as part of our Christmas gift.

Now, come on—you’re thinking—any knitter can knit socks. Well, that’s true. Even I can knit socks! But no one can knit them like my Mom. She pain-stakingly unravels the yarn to line up the pattern just right. Her stitches are perfectly even, she doesn’t have holes in the sides when she adds the side heel stitches, and she sews the toe stitches together with such care that you can’t tell they aren’t knit!

No one makes socks like Momma. Sometimes she grows tired of making them, I think. Every year she asks me if I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get socks for Christmas. I always tell her the same thing—I love getting socks; I have enough of them; you don’t have to make me another pair. But secretly, my heart is saying, “Yes! Please don’t skip out on the socks this year, Momma!”

If you’re fortunate enough to have a pair (or a dozen) from her, I hope you realize what a treasure you have, and how much love and care she puts into making them for you. I also hope you’ll hold onto them and keep them in the family. Wouldn’t it be funny if—one hundred years from now—our kids and grandkids and great-grandkids were still wearing Grandma Heidi socks?

All my love,

Aunt Sarah

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9 thoughts on “My mom makes the best…

  1. Socks are good comfortable items, but my wife of 49 years, makes my shirts – they fit perfectly. Sheet material – close woven – make the best ones.

  2. I must confess, not ALL the socks were eaten by the dragons in our washers and dryers over the years….as he kids have grown out of their knit socks rom mom, i’ve gatherd them from the wash (clean of course) and carefully packed them away for each of them so they will have something of theirs that they can pass on to their kids, and ther grandkids, and great grandkids…..oh and the mittens too. I don’t have but a couple pair of mittens left, as those tend to get forgotten in the garage or outside to dry out and then picked apart and carried away by birds for nesting.

    I think I personnally only have a few pair from mom, but they are my favorite! I love to wear them with my sandals in the NC winters so my feet stay warm, but I can show off the pretty colors!

    • I’m glad you thought ahead and have been saving them for the kids! That’s wonderful. I actually don’t remember her making mittens for your kids. I remember the sweaters…Hm! Anyway, the socks are my favorite. :)

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