Having my daughter-in-law as a Mom-to-be brings back so many happy memories of my own pregnancies and early Mommyhood. It reminds me of the tough times too. Labor and delivery, fighting exhaustion – early hours of the morning spent in the rocking chair, nursing and praying my little one would sleep so I could too.
As I’ve been knitting gifts for my new grandson, I’ve thought of those gifts I most appreciated as a new Mom. Oh, I did love all those tiny baby things and still have some of the handmade things special people in my family created for my babies. But I especially remember those things you don’t normally receive at a baby shower – things that made that time easier for me, such as the good nursing bras my own Mom gave me.
If you’re looking for baby gifts – keep in mind your frazzled new Mommy too. I knit some hope and encouragement into this hand knit socks set. I hope my daughter in law will tuck her Mommy sized socks into the bag she’ll take to the hospital and will find some comfort in knowing she was thought of during a challenging time. She can then bring home her darling new little one in his own matching socks. I hope in the chilly winter wee hours when she’s walking the floor with her new son, she’ll be able to pull on these warm cozy socks as a kind little barrier against the cold floor. This Mommy remembers what it was like.
Want to make your own Mommy and Me Sock Set for a special Mommy and baby you know? I had just enough yarn with a very small amount leftover from two skeins of Koigu KPPPM, (350 yards, 100 grams total for the two skeins). I used the Vestigial sock pattern from Hedgehog Fibers, then substituted the mistake rib stitch pattern from the Vestigial Socks into our Textured Tootsies pattern for the matching baby socks. Not only is it an easy one to remember without constantly consulting the pattern, it’s super duper stretchy, so it’ll fit your new Mommy from pregnancy weight back to her usual size and the mini socks might actually fit baby for awhile. (This monkey crochet tape measure was given to me by a crafty friend, so I don’t have the pattern for this one, but there’s a similar free pattern available here.)
I can’t promise how long those tiny baby socks will fit, but I’m pretty sure that long after baby outgrows these, Mommy will keep them.