Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fastest Kitchener in the West

I'm a big fan of the Kitchener Stitch. Yeah, I'm aware that officially brands me as a knitting geek, but whatever. I've been called worse.

Yesterday, I'm pretty sure I broke some kind of record for Kitchener-ing a pair of sock toes. Had to be less than three minutes for the pair, because that's all the time I had to finish them and head out:

Sadly, I didn't have time to properly block them (or take a decent photo) but I haven't figured out how to block and dry socks in a matter of minutes. Yet.

I made these socks for a tennis buddy who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Marcia is a tiny little thing who can just drive you nuts on the court with her diabolical shots. Some of us made her food she can reheat when she doesn't feel like cooking, but since I figured she has enough problems, I decided to knit her something instead. These are your plain vanilla generic socks with a baby cable cuff, in Cascade 220 Superwash. I hope they'll keep her feet warm while she's undergoing treatment, and remind her she's in our thoughts daily.

Her prognosis is excellent. She's keeping her family and friends informed through a wonderful resource: mylifeline.org. Please check it out when you have a few minutes. Cancer patients or their friends and family can set up a website to let people know what's happening with their particular situation. There are features such as a Helping Calendar, a photo gallery, and the Laughing Medicine Page. All this is provided free of charge and donations to this 501(c)(3) are tax deductible.

Enjoy your summer. I'm working hard at doing just that. There's only 72 more days until DD moves into the dorm. Not that I'm counting or anything...


  1. 3 minutes! You get my vote for being able to do the Kitchener stitch the fastest. Great socks, I am sure she will love them.

  2. Sooooo ... is moving into the dorm a good thing or a bad thing?

    Cute socks. I'm sure they will be a nice comfort to your friend. :-) Good luck to her in her treatment.

  3. Love the socks and love the kitchener stitch.
    How far away from home is the dorm?
    It's great they're leaving home but you still get to worry.

  4. Love the socks! Also, as a cancer survivor, she'll probably want help in keeping her house clean. I know most days my husband and I were just too tired to really keep house.

  5. Ahhh, the lowly sock...you know, they just don't get the credit they deserve considering how hard working (and essential) they are! I'm sure your friend will be very grateful. Best of luck to her.

  6. Socks are the perfect gift. Yours are beautiful. My best wishes to your friend for successful treatment.

  7. Personally, I'd be proud to be labeled a knitting (or crocheting) geek. I don't think I'm nearly experienced enough to get that label, though.
    I'm still working hard on mastering the kitchener stitch -- but I use it so rarely I don't know how that's going to change.

    The socks look lovely and it's such a sweet, wonderful thing you did for your friend. May she weather her treatment well!!

  8. I'm with you - a fellow Kitchener geek I guess! I love it.

    Your socks for you friend are beautiful and will be so comfy. I love Cascade 220 Superwash!

    Best wishes to her in her treatment!

  9. Love to hear and see people knit for friends. Such a loving thing to do. The socks are perky and cute, too.

  10. Wow, three minutes! That's fast! And all the best to your friend, I'm sure they'll be a great gift to cheer her up.

  11. Did you wear a cowboy hat and whip your darning needle off your hip?
    No? oh well.
    Hey, you've rearranged, new paint job...the place looks nice.

  12. Just checking back to see if you changed the FavIcon yet -- and you did! Cool header, too.


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