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Long time coming
Created By: Annette Henry

When I was a child I saw my mother, grandmother and great grandmother knit, crochet, quilt and embroider frequently. I learned to quilt by asking 'Whatcha doin'?' and by poking my nose over the quilting frame. It wasn't long before I wanted to join in but my ADHD frustrated most of my efforts.

I eventually did learn how to cross stitch, embroider and quilt (and crochet never did interest me) but knitting was an exercise in frustration. Time and time again I asked for lessons and my patient family tried to help me. But I never could manage to master even a single knit stitch long enough to make a square, much less the socks I longed to make.

You see my mother, Lord bless her, makes the most wonderful knee high socks. Whenever anyone asks she whips out her needles, takes the person to the store to pick out a color and gets right to work. I can't tell you how many pairs of socks she has made over the years.

But they are all acrylic. Acrylic stretched out, was scratchy and just not as comfortable as I knew they could be. My mother is unfortunately allergic to wool. Wool socks is something I have really, really wanted for years.

So for the last twenty years off and on I would pick up a set of needles and beg once more for lessons. Finally during one of those long fall afternoons when I was stuck at home alone I decided to try once more.

But this time I couldn't go to one of my family for lessons. I had moved three years before over 1800 miles away. So I went to the bookstore and got Knitting for Dummies. Within a week I was knitting!

By the end of that fall and halfway into winter I had made 2 scarves, one for myself and one for my youngest daughter. The next spring my mother came down to my house on her and my father's vacation and taught me how to make those socks that I've wanted all those years.

Do I have a pair of those socks? No, but nine months after I started to knit my oldest daughter has a pair in her favorite color and my youngest daughter is eagerly awaiting her pair. I guess my mother's attitude for knitting has rubbed off, other people first.

But I do have the yarn for my pair!

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