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Sin Committed

In Mother-in-law on January 31, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I feel like the naughty child who broke her favorite toy after being repeatedly warned that she had to be careful. [insert heavy sigh here] I sorrowfully admit that I did not take care of my hand knitted items correctly and should not be allowed to receive anymore.

Do you remember those lovely hand knitted socks my MIL made me for Christmas?

(They are the green ones on the far right).

Well, truth be told they were a little bit big for my feet. I didn’t say a word, but my MIL noticed right away when she stopped by the day after Christmas for brunch. During our last visit to Dan’s grandmother’s house (my MIL’s mother), Gran let the cat out of the bag that my MIL was fast away knitting me a smaller pair. Truly, she’s the best.

But, I digress. I was trying to explain why I shouldn’t be given hand knitted socks again.

My MIL advised me that I could machine wash the socks, but that they needed to air dry lying flat. Basically, they were made from superwash wool. I’m a knitter; I understood perfectly.

Today was laundry day. I bet you know where this is going.

Oh, yes, I did the worst thing possible to these socks. After washing them in a load of other clothes, I grabbed everything out of the washer and tossed it into the dryer. Socks and all. I set the dryer for medium heat and walked away.

While pulling the clothes out of the dryer, I spotted the socks. My heart sank. I knew exactly what I had done wrong. I ran upstairs to try them on. The ribbed band was much tighter than I remembered. [I think I might have moaned at that point.] Determined to see if I could even get them onto my feet, I tugged the ribbed band over my heel.

Wonders of wonders. The socks fit perfectly now!

I don’t think this redeems me though. Maybe if I ate bread and butter for a week and knitted only with acrylic yarn. Maybe then.

PS. Don’t you love the pink bunny flannel pajamas my 5-year-old niece picked out for me?

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  1. Oh, I’m glad there is a happy ending! I love those socks – they look so cozy.

  2. Phew for a happy accident – and I’m sure you’ll have learnt from your mistake and won’t do the same thing with your next pair!

  3. All’s well that ends well!
    Flannel pj’s are the best.

  4. Yay for happy endings!
    Those pjs are fab, pink bunnies are the best. =)

  5. Yay for happy endings!
    Those pjs are fab, pink bunnies are awesome. =)

  6. All’s well that end’s well – exactly what I see Windyridge said too – LOL

    Yep, those PJs are the cutest :)

  7. Gosh happy ending.

    The only time my socks ended up in the washer, they were definately hand wash, they ended up rather smaller and felted and given to my daughters small footed friend.

  8. Love the jammies. Shrinking the socks was pure serendipity. No one deserves a sentence of acrylic yarn, no matter how bad the crime.

  9. I think you should have said the socks were a little big, I with my super power math skills figured out exactly how to felt them to the correct size for my feet and I deserve some extremely yummy yarn for this.

  10. Thank goodness, I was holding my breath until the end of the post. I was afraid they ended up to be socks for Barbie.

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