I needed a new hobby in my retirement. Cat mom #quarantined Peanut Milo Teddy Coronavirus shirt I got knitting needles and yarn at a thrift store and borrowed a book from a friend. I started with hot pads and wash clothes and progressed to scarves and hats. I watched a friend knit socks during book club meetings and thought how complicated it looked. Then I read that in the 1700–1800s, on Norwegian farms, the youngest daughter was tasked with making socks for the family. I said to myself, “If a six-year-old can do it, I can do it!” I’ve made dozens of pairs of socks. I prefer to use superwash wool, which can be thrown in the washer and dryer. My favorite brands are Opal and Regia self-striping and self-patterning yarns. I like making socks because they are short projects—taking just a couple of weeks to complete and because people are so thrilled to get custom-made socks that fit them perfectly.
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I love joining knitting groups for comradery and gossip. Cat mom #quarantined Peanut Milo Teddy Coronavirus shirt We help each other and have an excuse for socializing. We don’t have a local yarn store within 90 miles, but there are five weekly knitting groups within 8 miles of my home. I could go to one every day of the week! You can easily improvise without any planning, making it more adaptable, and you are less likely to accidentally unravel things all the way down your previous rows if you make a minor mistake. It is much easier to change colors invisibly when making multi-color patterns in crochet, without leaving trailing strands on the back of the work. You don’t need to do anything special. Just hide the trailing strands inside the new stitches and they don’t show.