mittens yesterday. They were in a sorry state. No, I could not mend them.
The owner sighed and said, "Didn't really think you could."
I know the owner can knit so I suggested, "You could make yourself some more."
"I've never made anything like this," was the plaintive reply.
"Well, it is time to try."
"I haven't got a pattern." I can hear such unreasonable excuses a good kilometre away.
"I have - and anyway there are plenty of patterns on Ravelry."
(For those of you who don't know it this is quite possibly the best free site for knitters on the internet. It is an extraordinary resource for both patterns - some free and others which can be bought - and information about knitting and crochet.)
"And I haven't got anything..."
Before the words were uttered I said, "I have something almost identical to that yarn left over from the sale the other day."
I found the yarn, even the colour was virtually the same.We sat down to explore Ravelry on the mitten owner's i-pad. Oh yes, mittens come in all shapes, sizes, colours, stitches and fanciful designs. There are mittens shaped like mice and owls, mittens with cats (I love those) and flowers, snow scenes, geometric wonders and then just the plain and sensible.
We found the right size of yarn and the right size of hand and then,
"Hey, that's the pattern! Look! It is! It's exactly the same! It's just what Mum used!"
The pattern is old. It is also free. We print it off. The knitter thanks me and heads out the door - and then comes back,
"Er, I don't suppose I could borrow some needles? I have to go an wait for my wife. I could get started."
I found some needles.