Working on the Slipper Socks

Six years ago, my partner introduced me to his friends from Burlington,Ontario while we were on vacation in Flori-dah. Upon learning that I knit, they went nuts, telling me all about these "slipper socks" that grandma used to make for everyone in the whole family every year for Christmas and how she never wrote down the pattern and alzheimer's had caused her to forget how to make them.

Well, a year later they brought me a sad looking little slipper sock, hole in the heels and all, but still one of the last remaining survivors of grandma's handiwork and asked if I thought I could figure out how they were made. About a week later, I had worked it all out and ever since, the Canadians have to have their slipper socks every Christmas. So, that is what I have been working on for the past couple of weeks. Prior to that work kept me far too busy to knit anything for over a month.

I'm on my fourth of six pair. I also have to knit a skull cap for my niece's husband- out of camoflage yarn cause he's in the army. I'm working on the ones from the prior issue of knitty also in camoflage yarn. Might even make one for myself cause I think they are cool.

To make this post a little longer in and effort to help with the moving the huge pictures on down, Scott and I are leaving on a much deserved vacation on Monday. We're taking a cruise out of Tampa to Grand Caymen and Cozumel and returning on the 23rd. We've been to Cozumel before, but not to Grand Caymen so at least we get to go somewhere new. We're going with two friends who've never been on a cruise before.

I hope that everyone has a happy holiday of their choice be it Channukah, Christmas, Yule, Winter Solstice, Boxing Day, Kwanza, etc.


After the holiday madness is over, would you post a pattern or at least the general instructions for making Grandma's slipper socks? Maybe we could all get a head start on next Christmas. (Yeah, right!)

MMario's picture

I'll second the request - it wasn't Gramma in our famlily that made the slippersocks - 'twas the neighbor lady - (also youngest sisters godmother) - but I've asked her several times through the years and she hasn't ever given me the pattern.

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grandcarriage's picture

Ok, I have to know WHERE you found that image of the lifeguard knitting? I need to find it, and blow it up REALLY BIG to frame in my living room. It is TOO PERFECT.

what is this grandma's slipper socks I hear so much about?

MMario's picture

it's the cover of American Weekly - July 6, 1952.

Kiwiknitter posted it here

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boyforpele13's picture

i second the pattern request, i started 87 slipper socks for mom for chanukah and hated them all. hope you had a wonderful trip!!!!

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