Love Your Toddler with Socks

Simple ribbed toddler socks.

Somewhere between wearing these simple ribbed socks for the first time to take these photos and washing these (so beautiful!) new socks for the first time, one of Reed’s toddler socks made its way into the dryer. (I think the zipper on the laundry bag wasn’t quite shut.)

Now I have one toddler sock and one newborn sock. It didn’t felt, but it did shrink. A lot.

I suppose I now have no choice but to shrink the other sock (hopefully it will come out the same?) and regift to someone with a baby. Preferably someone with a baby who knits and will appreciate just what it means to have a pair of hand knit toddler socks. (I think I have someone in mind…)

Whoops.

Ribbed toddler socks

I fully admit that this photo shoot required bribery involving one “organic” lollipop. Before noon. I think this may seem equally scandalous as drinking before noon (mimosas and bloody marys are exempt, of course).

I used my leftover yarn from my Blueberry Waffles #2 socks and modified this free pattern that I used for Reed’s first pair of toddler socks by maintaining a 2 x 2 ribbing down the entire sock, hoping I would proudly be able to boast that I discovered the secret to hand knit toddler socks that do not slip down around busy ankles.

Knitting mothers everywhere would applaud with a joy never yet seen in the knitting universe.

In my mind, it made perfect sense that the tighter circumference resulting from the ribbing would grip his leg better. I don’t know why things always make more sense in my mind and less sense in Real Life.

Fail.

While the slipping was reduced, I did notice (on their one and only wear) that they still slid down his toddler legs.

Ribbed toddler socks.

Reed and I spend an inordinate amount of time in the car each week, commuting from the Middle of Nowhere to work and preschool two or three days each week. This past week, I endured a solid hour of interrogation surrounding Why Did the Dinosaurs Go Extinct? (And the way he pronounces “extinct” is so adorable that it makes you want to have fifty more kids!) I patiently explained, time after time, how no one really knows for sure…scientists hypothesize an asteroid may have hit the earth…so much dust…no sun…cold…no food…and all the dinosaurs went to sleep and never woke up. My detail was so precise (and so repetitive) that I went hoarse. But why? Over and over again. I explained the whole dinosaurs extinction business so many times that I was forced to ponder this dominant hypothesis of sorts, my own mind finding the whole theory more and more ridiculous sounding and seemingly impossible with each rendition.

Ribbed toddler socks.

Whenever I finish a knitting project in the wee hours of the night, I always leave my yarn scraps out for Reed to discover in the morning. He loves them! He will come upon bits of yarn on the coffee table or sofa with sheer delight. For me? And he then proceeds to play with these strings of yarn like a little kitten. He fishes with them. He uses them as foundations for his ever-intricate Monster Traps. He ties the dog up (poor dog). He tucks them in his pocket like a little treasure, and I find them again when I put away the laundry, jumbled up with all the clean clothes.

Ribbed toddler socks.

I love this kid. I hope he wants to learn to knit someday (soon?!?). In the meantime, at least we had matching socks for one morning. It was worth it.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Diane Maleski February 21, 2016 at 5:35 am

    You have an adorable and creative child! Monster traps–very clever.

  • Reply Andi February 21, 2016 at 6:37 am

    The socks- wonderful. Reed- brilliant. The story of Reed and his gift of bits of yarn…made my day. ” For me!”…swoon. 🙂

  • Reply bonnyknits February 21, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Oh, dear! Poor wee sock, and poor knitter. But I’m glad you’re able to re-gift them so they’ll still be loved!

  • Reply woolythymess February 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    he sounds like a kid who would also love to discover bits of mommy’s yarn in bird nests…you might want to make a little nesting ball for him to watch empty!!! (I would say my kids loved it—they did—but I think I got as much of a charge out of it as they did!)

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise February 21, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    my son did learn how to knit! so he knows 🙂 my daughter knows as well but hates to knit (???). bummer that one sock got smaller. I live in the middle of nowhere but I have a tiny town and highways near by to get to places. It takes me 15-20 minutes to get to a grocery store.

  • Reply caffeinegirl February 21, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I don’t knit baby socks anymore because they do tend to slip off. You would think ribbing would help, but it doesn’t always.
    It is so much fun to talk to toddlers/preschoolers. Their curiosity is inspiring.

  • Reply Alina February 22, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Your posts always make my day 🙂

  • Reply Little Church Knits February 22, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I like how Reed’s hair stands on end 😀

  • Reply Stefanie February 22, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    That last shot was cute of mum and toddler tootsies all cozy in matching socks. His socks don’t even look felted. He is so handsome. And damn, what a commute you have. My husband doesn’t miss that. I’m so curious to know where you live and of course you don’t have to share. I don’t think I’ve usually been past Sausalito and have only been to Napa a few times in the past. One time we were crazy but drove up to McArthur-Burney Falls all the way near the Oregon border in a day to camp one night with my brother and SIL. Then we came home the next day.

  • Reply Stefanie February 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Oh and the whole bribing thing? So typical of we, mums. I used to give my girls M&M’s or gummy bears when they used the potty during potty training.

  • Reply knittedblissjc February 25, 2016 at 10:18 am

    those socks are awesome, sorry to hear about the one that snuck into the dryer! And how cool is it that he loves to play with your yarn scraps. My toddler just looks at them like they are debris.

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