ground control, we have a problem

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as you know, amad has made it perfectly clear that he loves his new socks. what none of us could imagine is that he is quite intent on never removing them.

he stands on them whenever one of us tries to get near . . . and if push comes to shove, he has two very strong hands to clamp over them

and it’s not just clowning around for the camera, trust me.

by this morning there was nothing left for it but to pile in the car and head for the yarn shop. can you believe that with all the yarn i carried out of the sock summit market, i have none with me to knit a pair of boy socks??
arggh, i just knew i should reconsider sending it ALL home . . .

fortunately we are lucky that las vegas has several nice yarn shops. the one we headed for today was gail knits. i thought one shop in a day was probably enough, but maybe on monday or tuesday we’ll try another

because folks, i think we have a budding yarn addict here. at first, he was a little shy in front of all the ladies at the knitting table, but once we got him in a secluded aisle full of sock yarn, he picked out four skeins before i could blink. we pared it down to two and he settled on the sofa to inspect one of them closely while the other was wound up for us into a very nice pull skein (love that yarn shops do this now).

when i looked over i saw a familiar sight and knowingly winked at david

yarn sniffing it a true sign of yarn love, as we all know.
i have to hand it to gail, the shop owner—as soon as she sized amad up she showed me the berroco sock with the glitter.

“oh no, i doubt it” i said.
but i was quickly proven wrong—after he got over the fact that we weren’t going to find more of the sock yarn he already had on his feet, his first choice was the blue metallic berroco—go figure.
(his other choices were green and brown, so it’s no like he doesn’t have the usual guy instincts).

back in the car we headed off to game stop to pick up an overdue birthday gift—a little something to keep him busy while i knit

which has been on his wish list for a very long while. this gave nan and i time in the afternoon to watch a movie together while i started the new socks.

i’m not sure how the steady diet of children’s video games is going to affect david, but he seems content enough to help amad get to new levels.

and it’s a good chance for amad to practice his english (his native language is swiss german and he speaks some thai as well, but he starts school in under two weeks, so the practice in english is good and david is a great model for it).

before the sock emergency became apparent, i focused most of yesterday on the sleeve of the gray maze sweater and have it about 2/3s complete now

i’ll probably finish it while i’m here, yay. that means i can sew it all up when i get home and finally be done with that sweater.

meanwhile, baby micah sleeps away most of the time that he’s not eating—he’s just not as compelling a conversationalist yet (but he’s super-cute!)

here he is enjoying a siesta yesterday under the new baby bee blanket i knit for him before i left ohio. i think he likes it . . .

and yes, kim at the woolen rabbit will offer a kit with choice of three gorgeous yarn colors. we will also be offering the pattern in the shop as a standalone item. stay tuned—all will be pulled together in just a couple of weeks (maybe sooner)!

62 thoughts on “ground control, we have a problem

  1. While I find all kids are in love with the idea of something made just for them, this fella seems completely taken. How can you not just love it when someone is so crazy about a gift you made them. How long before you teach him to knit? Did you put needles in the new little one’s hands yet?

  2. The blanket is heavenly, Anne. And too funny about the socks! I’ll bet Amad would love to learn to knit a pair for you, too. When my son was a bit younger than that he picked out a pair of white patent leather cowboy boots in Macy’s – so I quite understand the glitter. Kids like to shine!

  3. The blanket looks great with a perfect model under it. I love that Amad likes his socks sooo much. Yo are really sweet to whip out a few pair for him (and fast too!)

  4. Amad has very good taste. I think you found the perfect yarn for a young boy who won’t remove handknit socks – fun and very sturdy. Plus, I just love Gail Knits. I visit her every time I’m in Las Vegas (usually either just before or just after a trip to In N Out Burger). What a lucky guy!

  5. LOL! That is the cutest thing ever. I love the yarn smelling. It’s a shame that out of 9 I have only managed to produce 2 yarnies. 🙂

  6. And now we have the perfect Christmas gift ideas….socks, sock slippers, ‘uggs’ and their matching scarf and hat! Although it’s scourching in summer in Vegas, it’s c-c-cold in Winter!

  7. He’s going to be heart-broken when he finds out that running around sock-footed will wear holes in his socks quickly.

    What a cutey – and a fiberholic already! Love it!

  8. you are spoiling this kid! two pairs of handknit socks in one week? and GLITTER? i sure never had it that good when i was his age. and yeah, i agree with the other commenters that he clearly needs to be taught how to knit!

  9. Yarn sniffing at his age. What a hoot,and how cute! I have a 6 yo great-niece that almost cried when I gave her a “store bought” birthday dress. She thought sure I’d make her a sweater. And then even drew a good pic of what she wanted, with colors and stripes, whole nine yards. I don’t have an excuse now. We may have 2 budding yarnies!
    And I’ll have to get the pattern for the blanket. It’s so pretty, love the colors.

  10. I worry about the holes in his socks too. I have certainly worn holes in all my favourites, but recourse is to remind myself of all the yarn out there I can buy to replace the pair that have thinned out. You might want to let Amad know that his socks are not permanent, but definitely replaceable.

  11. Amad is adorable…I can see why it’s so easy to spoil him! And that baby blanket is gorgeous! I do a lot of them so I’m looking forward to adding your bee blanket pattern to my library. Someday (in the next year or so??) I’ll knit one up. But I have 2 wip’s and another project waiting in the wings. *sigh* How come you make knitting so tempting??!! LOL

    By the way, my tomatoes have finally begun to fruit…we have 13 on one vine already! Yippee!

  12. I’m just tickled pink that I have a little part in Amad’s introduction to yarn. I think his little feet are the purrrrrfect durablity test on my handspun yarn. I would love to see a picture of them in a few weeks, if they can stand up one energetic little boy, they can stand up to anything!
    Oh that baby bee blanket looks sooooo snuggly! Those kiddies have one nice aunty.

  13. I Love your blog. The lovely story of your day. The wonderful knitting. The cute Amad and baby, the wonderful friendships, the love, the socks!

  14. A yarn sniffer — perfect! Love the pics of him and David bonding over the video games. Too funny that you had to go to a yarn store for an emergency purchase!

  15. Clearly you’ll have to knit him a pair for every day of the week, plus a spare for when the other 7 pairs are in the laundry! And it looks like it’s inevitable that he’ll be knitting himself soon, what with the yarn-sniffing.

  16. What gorgeous children! Amad clearly shares my own grandson’s taste and behaviors–all the same tricks. I’m working on my second bee shawl, and love seeing it as a baby blanket!

  17. My nephew was the same way – he couldn’t wait to take me to the new yarn shop in San Antonio, so we could select yarn. The brighter the better. And my sister told me she overheard a conversation he and his BFF (female) were having a Where he told her that his Aunt Lou loved him better than her grandmother loved her because I made him socks by hand…

  18. The baby blanket is stunning!! But I really can’t get over how adorable Amad is. I mean really… cute as punch, loves handknits, and appreciates the finer things in life (aka yarn-sniffing)? SO cute!

  19. Such beautiful kiddos! I finished socks for the husband and my little guy now sees me knitting and says “makin’ socks?” “makin’ cameron’s socks?” every time he sees me so I need to make him some too! 🙂

  20. Wow…there’s really nothing better than knitting for those who really appreciate it. Those two certainly fit the bill, how cute! Glad you’re having a great time!

  21. This is the most gorgeous baby blanket ever!!!! No babies in the near future at our house but will start it as soon as it is available – LOVE IT!!!!!!!

  22. If you decide to make another yarn shop stop,may I suggest Tuesday afternoon at Wooly Wonders. It’s close to the Strip. We have a Tuesday group that starts gathering about 3 pm and I would personally love to get your autograph on my Bee Shawl Pattern. I tried to Kinneer you at Sock Summit but I’m a klutz and it would be my pleasure to shot you for real. (Ok, I know how that sounds but you do know what I mean, right?) Bring Amad because we have a ton of sock yarn and the Boy can’t have too many.

  23. ETA: No I don’t have any connection to Wooly Wonders; it’s just my favorite place to hang out.

  24. The bee blanket is beautiful! Yet another pattern of yours I will have to purchase…And I love the photo of the yarn sniffing, too cute!

  25. How wonderful! The socks, the boy, and the bee…could be a story there! I thought that I was the only one who had to “smell” yarn….LOL. Amad is so cute and the baby is just adorable! 🙂

  26. Hi Anne! I just got back from a few days in MI, so I had 3 postings to catch up on. Fun! The SS looked like a great, if not exhausting, time. Micah is darling as is Amad-you’re going to have to teach him to knit, that’s all there is to it. 🙂 And what a sweet baby blanket. I bet you’ll have fun unpacking your new treasures when you get home!

  27. Ahhh, he’s so sweet (well, both of them!). I can recall taking handknit sweaters to my best friend’s twins, and the one girl would not take hers off! She slept in it! Kids are so funny, genuine, precious!

    When you get a chance, I would sure love to know how you modified the Bee shawl for the baby blanket. It’s really sweet.

  28. Amad’s sock story is delightful. I’m especially glad you photographed him smelling yarn. Recently, my three year old granddaughter has started smelling fibers and yarn.

    Micah looks so sweet and adorable.

  29. Your nephews are too cute! Little Micah makes an excellent blanket model. Love the picture of his little feetsies on the blanket in your previous post! That yarn’s many tones are gorgeous–and I think I love that “Fruit of the Vine” sock colorway almost as much as Amad does. The only good reason to take those socks off is to put on another pair knit by his devoted auntie.

  30. What great knitting models! Micah is destined to be a great knitter like his Auntie Anne. My youngest daughter wouldn’t take off her first pair of handknitted socks either. She’s now knitting her first hat at eight, but she’s not been huffing wool yet.

    Thank you for obliging me with taking a picture of you and Cookie at Sock Summit. I was so in awe of you two that coherent speech wasn’t possible. Cheers!

  31. Anne–what I’m curious about is the native Schweitzer-Deutsch in a wee lad living in Vegas . . . are David and his brother from Switzerland? Where does that come in?

  32. again, adorable kids!!! the blanket is wonderful and I just happen to have someone to knit one for! Perfect timing!

  33. I’m a long time reader of/lurker on your site. I’ve never knit a sock, never really wanted to knit a sock, but I have to tell you, seeing your little nephew lovin’ those socks, is making me think about my little niece and nephew. So cute!! and how about the fact that probably the simplest, most basic, quickest thing you’ve knit in years got this kind of reaction? Great job Auntie!

  34. What a wonderful reaction to the socks! I think that only my father in law (other than me!) reacts to my knitting like that! The baby blanket is beautiful btw.

  35. Oh Anne, more yarn devotees – what is better than passing down the legacy? Looking at your dear little nephew makes me want to go and knit socks. And the Bee blanket is astonishingly beautiful. I’ve already made TWO Bee shawls, but it looks like there is a third in the future. Thanks for another magnificent post!

  36. What adorable children! And how lucky they are to have you as an aunt. Maybe you can even get Amad interested in learning to knit himself.

    Wonderful post – glad you are having a good visit!

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