Well, I think I can chalk up my last pair of socks a total success! The blue ones I knit for my nephew (see picture in previous post) went over very well with him. Last week, when I had only one of them done, I got him to try it on to see how it fit. He didn't want it on for some reason, and I assumed he felt that it was too itchy on his little foot. I had left a question over at Knitter's Review forums to ask how to soften them up, it it was possible. I got several great replies.
Well, yesterday evening around 6:00 I showed him both socks and told him I got his socks all done. He had the cutest little smile on his face. I set him up on the bathroom counter (he and his father were in there and his father was trying to wash his face or hands) and my brother (nephew's father) and I each put one him at the same time. My reason for doing that was because I thought if I got only one on and he found it itchy, he wouldn't want to put the other one on and probably take the one off.
Well, he seemed to like them and was very proud that he had new socks! He kept saying "boo socks" (only the 'k' sound in sock isn't all that pronounced) and would stick his foot out and smile. I asked him if he liked them and he said "Uh-huh". Then his father tried to get him to take them off (figuring they might be to hard and scratchy) so that he could take them home or leave them with me to wash, but my nephew wanted to keep them on! They were only there about half an hour until they had to go and he kept them on the entire time.
Today when he was over (we look after him on Friday's and Saturday's) he was wearing his new blue socks! His mother told me when she came to pick him up that he refused to take them off last night and slept with them on (he normally wears socks to bed I believe), and this morning he wouldn't put on any other pair. He had to wear the ones I made! Made my heart swell quite a bit that he was pleased with them.
Today when I was working on my third pair of socks (these are for me, and I'm a over half done the first one of the pair), my nephew kept pointing to the knitting and said "Ooo Ooo, no. Geen neat". I should interject here that he calls me "Oo Oo" (the sound a monkey sorta makes) because his father told him to call me that because he (nephew) and I often watch the monkey videos over on Animal Planet's web site. He also can't pronounce my name yet, and I don't mind him calling me that. Also, as you probably have figured out, 'geen' is green and 'neat' is the way he pronounces the word 'knit'. It's so cute when he says it!
So, he is wanting me to stop knitting my socks and make him his green pair. I had asked him last night if he wanted another pair and he said "uh huh" and then I asked him what colour and listed off a couple...he wants green. The only green I have is called Shaded Spruce and is a dark green. I showed him a ball of multi-coloured sock yarn (in case he might have wanted that instead) and asked him which one he wanted...he chose the green one.
Now, after I finish this one sock of my pair, I think I am going to have to jump into his green pair first, and then go back to the second sock of my pair. Either that or go out and buy another set of 3.25mm's and start his and rotate between the two pairs. I haven't quite decided yet, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the green socks will win out...