A little light grafting

I have a friend who also likes to knit socks.  For some reason she prefers it if I graft the toes, though.  I think she must have been saving this pair for some time.

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She has retired and knows every good place for coffee and lunch for miles around.  This was one I had never heard of, a short distance from home.  It was indeed delectable, and her company is always a fine thing.

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So after the hot chocolate and before the mushroom and barley soup with goat curd–I started in…

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…did the little magic trick that makes the two sides of the sock become one…

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And snuggled those stitches in so you couldn’t tell the sewn row from the knit rows.  It has never lost its thrill for me.  The first time I grafted a toe, I was catching a train from Port Adelaide to the city (so I had a while) and I had three books in my bag to consult… as I had a failure of understanding with one, I would switch to the next, and then eventually back to the first having garnered a little more knowledge.  It didn’t go terribly smoothly, but it was the first time.  Now I can graft in public or in a meeting or while holding a conversation.  I love that warm glow of having acquired a skill but still being able to remember when it was an utter mystery or a very immense challenge.

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6 responses to “A little light grafting

  1. Keryn

    The magic of crafting one object into a practical other never ceases to amaze and delight me.

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  2. Susan

    You are SO right! I always read the ‘destructions’ one stitch at a time and then one day I say someone do it while explaining it to someone else and BAM I got it! So funny the ways we learn.

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  3. Wonderful 🙂 I love conquering a skill from a book, although knitting socks is still unchecked on my list !

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