For most of those years, I knit alone. My mother, my aunts (maternal and paternal) knit, my MIL knit. But I never once got together with them to knit, and rarely knit with them. Knitting was a largely a solitary activity.
For most of my life, I have had very few friends who knit. I certainly never had a network of friends who knit.
This changed some 6 years ago, thanks to my DIL. (Sonya of KnitSonya). She introduced me to the online knitting community.
Since then, I have found knitting guilds, SnB groups, Meet-up groups, and knitting circles. I have met wonderful knitters, and friends.
And slowly I have made swaps with others I have met on line. My first swap, was unfortunately, a bad one, --and I was put off the idea of swapping for a long while.
But, my basic optimism won out, and since then, I have been lucky --and found swap partners who are wonderful--I swapped some bamboo needles I hated, for Addis, that I love, and sock yarn that was , (to mea at least) ho-hum for sock yarn that was WOW. (and the best part of that swap was, my swap partner felt the same!)
The Knitty.com coffeeshop has secret pals and random acts of kindness exchanges all the time. I usually don’t participate--I know me, and I know, I am always late getting package mailed, and well, I would be a bad partner! I would eventually get stuff mailed, but late can be disappointing.
But I entered into a sock swap.
Socks are easy to mail (they fit readily into tyvec envelope mailers, and are light enough that they can be dropped into a street box, and don’t have to be taken to the post office to mail--since you know, if you start with 100 grams of yarn, and have none left, the package must weigh 100 grams!
So I have a sock swap partner --and I have started socks for her. (I will not speak of the December socks, that I still haven't finished knitting)
Like the baby sweater, I am only going to hint at the details of the socks I am knitting for Polargrrl--She has to be the, (to my way of thinking) the first to see the completed socks.
I am knitting them 2 on 2, of course, since, now days, I always knit 2 on 2.
They are blue.. Well, bluish. Well, blue cuffs.
Top down, and almost certainly with a flap (but not a heel stitch flap) and turned heel, (but not a round heel) and ribbed. Not a conventional rib, not even a rib that looks like a rib. But ribbed because ribbing, with all its stretchiness, creates a much better chance for the socks to fit comfortably.
The toe style is still undecided. As of noon today, I have 5 inches knit.