Thursday, November 05, 2009

Attention! Hell has officially frozen over! Twice!

I have a 15 year old nephew. I love him to death, although it doesn't show. I don't shower him with handknits (at least, not since he turned 8 or so). He was one of the first of the sibling offspring, so he got all the great baby sweaters - including a spectacular (If I may say so) bright red cabled jacket that looked great on him (and three other kids after him - I always took it back for washing, to ensure the lifespan).

But for the last few years, he has been pretty specific about the hand mades. "Please don't." So I didn't. I did hem his school uniform pants, but that was more for him Mom - he was quite happy to leave them long and dragging..., but I never sewed or knitted anything for him.

This summer, after seeing my kid in his hand made pajama pants at the cottage, he discreetly mentioned that some of those would be cool. In plaid. I filed that away, and will be making some of those for Christmas. (all the kids will be getting pj pants - the girls are getting embroidered satins and some tie dyed cottons, the boys are getting patterns to match their interests, and plaids). At that point, I debated buying some ice skates for Lucifer.

But the really "stop me in my tracks, completely gob-smacked" moment came just last week. I was on the phone with his mom, and heard him in the background. His mom came back on the phone and said "D would like a pair of handknit mittens if it's not a problem."

????

Not a problem? Holy crap, I've been waiting for this moment! I told her to put him on, and tried to keep it low key, although I was jumping for joy inside.

"So Dude, what colour? Blue? okay, I can do blue. I'll send some examples over of blues I have, and you can pick. Cool. Yeah, no problem, I'm sure I can find some time..."

So I grabbed blues - I had some Heilo Norwegian yarn, plain blue. I had some hand-dyed, some Socks that Rock Silke (my personal choice), some alpaca. I gave him about 5 to choose from, and at the last minute, I threw in the grey and red thrummed mitt, as well as a plain knit mitt for him to choose from. I also tossed in the bag of delicious grey alpaca roving for thrums. I put it all in a bag, and my husband took it over there on Monday, during his weekly poker game. (Don't ask - it's been going on since high school).

I got a phone call that night. "D like the plain blue (Heilo),but wants to know about the fluffy ones." I got him on the phone, and he said he really liked the fluffy ones, since they were really warm. I told him to stick his hand in the bag of grey roving, and tell me if that feels as nice as the grey and red one. I hear a muffled "wow, that's sick!" and he gets back on the phone and asks if he can get the grey fluff inside the blue mitten. "The red is nice, but the grey is sick!"
Sick it is. He's getting blue mittens with grey alpaca thrums. He'll be happy, and I'm thrilled. At least I am until all the others decide they want them. Or his friends. My track record with mittens is not good. I'm making as many as I can now before the feeling wears off and I can't stand the sight of another mitten. It will happen...

Wonder if Lucifer needs a toque?

10 comments:

KnitTech said...

You are the best Auntie in the world!

Lucky Canuck said...

Again - never loved a mitten I didn't like (unless it's acrylic, in which case them ain't mittens, but I digress.) Lucky nephew!

Kristyn said...

That is amazing! My nieces have never asked me to knit them anything but while on vacation this summer the 10 year old told me she wants to learn to knit. She will be getting a learn to knit kit and lessons for Christmas this year!

Needles said...

Awwwwww, He is no longer under the spell of 'what other guys have'. He is a trend setter and they will want what he has. And they will want knitting. Sigh. Way cool.

TracyKM said...

That's great!! I was wondering where you got the rovings for the mitts. The pair I made last year were a Fleece Artist kit and I had enough to make two pairs (I might have skimped a little though). I'd like to make more but not buy another kit.
My aunt used to make them when I was little, but she had her own sheep. My uncle would sell them when he went on business trips to Detroit; I think she got about $20/pair and that was 25 years ago? I wonder what they'd be worth now. But you can't put a price on the love of a nephew!!! :)

Acorn to Oak said...

Lol That's cool! How fun to be able to make the mittens for someone who is so excited about them! That's "sick"! lol I can't wait to see how they turn out with the alpaca thrums inside. I've never seen any like that. I bet they feel awesome...uhh...sick! :-)

deirdre said...

Gee, you got a "wow, that's sick" - the ultimate 15 year old compliment... this is one lucky dude...

Brenda said...

That is so great. For you and for your nephew.

Carol said...

Now the genie is out of the bottle and knows that things can be custom ordered and designed. Unoh........

AlisonH said...

Oh, this is hilarious! And wonderful! You're a better aunt than I am...