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A Princely Pair: Knitting Opal’s Little Prince Socks

Happy Belated Mother’s Day!  This year, we decided to go home for the holiday.  My husband and I are from the same town (we lived seven streets apart from each other growing up) so deciding where and with whom to celebrate has never been an issue in our family.  We’re very lucky that our kids get to spend equal time with both our parents who are only a few hours drive by car. 

Since I knew we would be traveling, I decided to cast on for another vanilla sock.  Straight stockinette is easy to knit while on the go, and although I used to enjoy reading in the car back in my younger days, I now find with age it makes me sick, so following a pattern was out. of. the. question. for our four-hour drive.  

Besides, I’ve been eager to get my needles into Opal’s Little Prince jacquard sock yarn, and a vanilla sock seemed like the sweetest treat. The color I picked is #7763 and it reminds me so much of the dog-eared Le Petit Prince paperback that my high school French teacher assigned to us to read.  

I finished the first of the pair on Sunday, and I hope to cast on its mate tonight after the kids are in bed.  By next weekend, I’m thinking I’ll have une paire des Petit Prince chaussettes.  I wish I had stayed in touch with Mrs. Bushspice because I’d love to thank her for instilling my love of all things French with a pair of socks.  Afterall, I did buy two more skeins (#7764 and #7765). 

I know, I know.  But I had a really hard time picking just one colorway.  Besides, I already know that color #7764 will be gifted to a fellow Francophile and former high school French teacher, who also happens to be my aunt.  I knit her a pair of Madelinetosh Robin’s Egg blue socks for Christmas, and I think that pair needs some new French friends.  

I know I should start some other projects besides socks, but I just can’t help myself.  Socks are so fun and easy to knit and they make the best projects when you’re always on the go, which I am.  I’ll see if I can mix it up this week.  While I may not be sick of knitting socks, you're probably sick of reading about them.  So until then, bon tricot!


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