Last summer, our young mama cat, who had just had kittens, got very sick.
Our vet, who has to be the kindest, most caring animal person I know, took such good care of her. It took several visits over the course of a couple weeks to figure out what was the matter with our poor mama, but Dr P did. She took such good care of Muffin, even staying up one night till one o'clock, and didn't charge near enough for all her help. It was then that I decided I wanted to knit something for her. I knew right away that I wanted to knit her a pair of sock. Socks are special. They take more time. I knew socks would say "thank you" even better than a hat or a scarf for me.
I know it's April now, but here they come off the needles...all three of them! I finished up the last one the other day...just in time for the kittens' booster shot visit on Tuesday.
Why three socks? Well, after I knit the first one, I weighed it. (I know, but I work at a yarn store, and we have a handy scale there.) Turned out there was enough yarn left in the ball to knit two more socks. When I mentioned this to a friend, she said, "Give her three socks! That's what I do when I'm making mittens for someone and I have enough yarn." So, three it is. I mean what else would I do with the yarn, anyway? Better put to use as sock number three. That way if one has a blowout, or gets sucked into the black hole of the dryer, there will be a handy replacement ready to go.
The yarn is KFI Indulgence, a sportweight, self-patterning sock yarn, 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon blend. I used a 32"size 3US circular needle and Magic Loop technique. Did the first sock alone, and the second two I did together on Magic Loop until I got done with the heel decreases, then felt like doing one at a time to the toes. Very soft. I loved knitting with this. After I finished the first sock, I was able to find the repeat and wind the remainder into two balls to match the first sock. Normally I don't, but this is for someone else, so I figured I'd make them match.
Check out the toes...
I used the Knitted Kitchener Stitch to graft the toes. Yes - Knitted. Kitchener. Stitch. I love it! I found it quite by accident in this video tutorial by wipinsanity here. Like the sewn Kitchener Stitch, it's quite easy once you get the hang of it. I wonder if it's easier to keep an even tension by doing the knitted one? Don't know for sure yet, although I've had really good results so far. And honestly, I really like the sewn Kitchener Stitch as well. For me, once I got the hang of it, it's quite satisfying. I think the greatest thing about Kitchener Stitch no matter which way you do it, is that it looks like one solid piece of knitting...no seam. There's still that fascination for me of "How'd you do that?! That's so cool!"
The kittens are all much bigger than this now and thriving, as is their mama, but it's hard to get a good picture of them that's not blurry! They're always on the move. And now that the weather is warmed up and they're all spayed, they love to spend a lot of their time outside - and who can blame them?!
They had a great visit to the vet...all are healthy and growing... and Dr P loved her socks.