Hand me downs. I love hand me downs - some of my favorite clothes are given to me by my sisters. A lot of my sons clothes are handed down to cousins - and some of those came by way of cousins originally.
We have school photos with one of my older sisters wearing a dress, then me, then one of my younger nieces.
So, yes - we are big on hand me downs. But one would not really think to hand me down socks - generally speaking, right? Well, unless they are hand-knit socks. The 2 pairs on the left were made by my sister for her son and then given to me for my son. That 2nd pair started my son's love affair with hand knit socks and for a long time he would only wear hand knit socks. Finally, he started wearing store bought again, but hates the seam that goes across the top of his foot so he often wears them inside out. No seam across the top of the foot with hand knit socks! It is because of that little, innocent looking pair of socks that I had to learn how to knit socks so my son could have, ummm - more than one pair! Amazing what you can learn with a good instruction book in hand and watching You Tube when you get really stuck.
And the sock journey continues - these 6 pairs were hiding in the back recesses of cabinet and I found them last week while organizing things. They have been handed over to the next youngster who is bound to love the warmth of nice wool socks in the coming winter months. I just wonder if the Mom knows how to knit? Hummm. With fine sock yarn on 2.25 mm needles - my son's preference (and mine!) because the socks feel so comfy when knit on the smaller needles. I am still not the best knitter... the current sock that I am knitting has been knit about 3 times by now with all the ripping back I keep doing to fix mistakes. But - I find knitting relaxing (despite the ripping back), portable, and very rewarding. So, if you have been wanting to learn how to knit socks, I recommend a book on sock knitting, get your needles and yarn and give it a try!