Mary Ferris finishes up an old knitting job 2.13

Written by David Green.

It’s good that Dot Dister was in no hurry to get a pair of home-made woolen socks. She had to wait a few years to slip on this pair.

Dot’s mother started knitting the socks decades ago, but never got the job completed before she died in 1976.

Dot held on to the unfinished pair—one  sock completed just below the ankle, the other with half of the foot finished—and she recently showed them to Mary Ferris, an avid knitter.

Mary decided these socks needed to be finished. Dot is a knitter, also, but she wasn’t up to this task. Mary was willing, even though she’s recovering from a broken arm.

She took the socks home and started in on the project that took about three weeks to complete.

The first step was to unravel the sock that was the furthest along so they were both the same length. This gave Mary some of the original yarn to use, although it wouldn’t be enough to complete the job. She solved that problem by interspersing some of the original yarn with new to maintain color continuity.

Mary points out the ripply appearance of the original yarn she unraveled and knitted again. After 32 years, it wasn’t about to lay flat again.

Mary finished the project Thursday and presented the socks to Dot on Friday. Of course Dot was delighted and looked forward to slipping them on.

In case she wears a hole in the heel, Mary will be ready with needles in hand. She still has a small ball of the original yarn for a repair job.

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