Since I started knitting last year, I have made about six pairs of socks. Three of them were for me; the rest, I gave away. I will not tell you that one pair wasn’t intended to be a present but became one after I tried the socks on and found out that my feet had to double their size to fit … Well, I was on holiday and not really paying attention when I knitted them. That’s me.
Anyway, I like giving presents. Yesterday was a great opportunity for giving another present. Little M visited, and she is the sweetest 3-year-old girl you can find (did I place these hyphens correctly? I read a lot of English, online and printed, but my brain refuses to make space for the little information slot tagged “position of hyphen in age-expressions”).
Little M’s favourite colour is green (I told you. She’s great. Every other girl loves pink? Not her. She’s way to cool for that.), so I had searched the yarn shops in town for a sock wool featuring nice shades of green – and I had found this:
This is »Lana Grossa Meilenweit Champion«, the »champion« is there because Magdalena Neuner, a famous German biathlete, featured in the campaign. She has published two knitting books until now.
Okay. Well, neither Little M nor me are great biathlon-fans. The socks needed a name, though. And since I love stories (I have to! I mean, I write them!), and she loves them as well, there was only one appropriate name for them:
The Socks of the Frog King.
I loved how that wool knitted up. I was soft, yet sturdy enough to promise they can take a good running/walking/jumping in – and it’s all there in the colours, can you see it? A whole fairy tale within these socks! The green of the frog king and the blue of the water in the well, and the gold of the golden ball … The socks are made in European size 30/31, which were quite big – but she’ll be able to wear them in autumn. I know the don’t match, but to be honest, I don’t care that they don’t. They are hand-knitted, not bought, and I like that they look different.
She was so happy when I gave them to her … It was totally, totally worth the effort and the time.
Thanks for taking up with my rambling on and on and on … Have a great day! 😀