while visiting family in iowa this april i took just enough knitting for a week. my dad ended up on a respirator, in the hospital on my last day there, so my stay was extended to 3 weeks. we spent most of our time in the coronary care intensive care floor of mercy hospital in des moines iowa. i quickly knit up everything i had brought. instead of going to my favorite lys i got into my mom's basket of left over sock yarns. i randomly knit a bit of each color she had. after finishing the socks i made these fingerless mitts. while my dad was on the respirator i told him how i had ran out of yarn and was knitting socks of mom's left overs. he reached up to see them. my dad passed away may 17. these are my happy socks and mitts. happy memories of the wonderful life he gave us.