Monday, August 15, 2016

Cast on new socks


I cast on new socks. You knew I would, right? It is 6 ply so slightly thicker than the sock yarn I usually use. But the yarn is soft and lovely and I am really enjoying it. Steinbach Wolle Aktiv Proto 6-Fach. I think they probably will be perfect for wearing around the house in the winter or with rain or winter boots. Maybe a bit too thick with my normal shoes...which in the interest of comfort are usually good quality running sneakers.

Usually I cast on and do the rib. Next time I knit - down to the heel if I have time or the attention span. The heel AND heel turn always together...otherwise I forget about the turn and try to pick up the gusset stitches.  Goof ball!  How many pairs of socks have I knit? Gusset in 1 sitting. Then it is just simple knitting to the toe. So...now I am at the simple foot knitting...maybe tomorrow.

I had a little bird get into the house yesterday. I opened more windows and happily he found his way out after a few attempts. He is small so you have to look closely.

Mostly I have been watching the Olympics. The coverage in Austria has been really good with lots of events. Entertaining and I can knit at the same time. Or I have been napping. One nice thing about being home from the hospital is uninterrupted sleep. My husband has been doing a good job cooking...I only have to get myself to the table. Not that I have a huge appetite, but he is trying to come up with a variety of tempting entrees. Slowly starting to feel better, so thank you for all the well wishes.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Hand knit green socks finished!

Finished! Just have to weave in the toe ends. The yarn matched perfectly until right before the heel, seemed to match again...and then was off for the toes.

I got home from the hospital today. I was there another 9 days. I guess these are my hospital socks...The color even matched the hospital decor. They were so close to being done and 1 day my IV failed and I didn't need another for a few hours so I asked the nurse to leave it off so I could finish my sock! My DH took this photo of them for me when I was sick in bed. Ha, ha...this is his version of a close up. That guy cracks me up! I said "over by the flowers" (natural light) and I guess he understood that I wanted the flowers in the photo. Nice flowers though!

I am happy,  happy to be home. My son's cacti have grown and some have flowers! I took these photos to send him - he likes his cacti so much! I miss him, but he is doing good.

I have new sock yarn and probably will cast on this weekend. But I am not sure. I am thinking I would enjoy something different a change. Any ideas? Maybe a pillow out of thicker yarn, or some type of cheerful garland, or??? 

But you know I will start the socks. As much as I stew about stripping yarn not matching, it is still my favorite. Look at these pretty colors! And nothing wrong with having more than 1 project on the needles!

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Socks on the knitting needles

Almost done with the 2nd sock. You can see the 3rd repeat down of blue/green is not identical, but there was a bit extra of the lighter color above - so the sock pattern still matches up. Another 2 sit down to knit times and it should be done! I really have not done much knitting - or much of anything for that matter, because I have been so sick.

I don't know why people think you have lots of time to read or knit when you are sick. I mostly sleep. The nurses always seem to be waking me up for something. Just when I fall into a deep sleep. So, I guess I take a lot of cat naps instead.  Kind of hard to knit when your arm is full of IV's anyway.  


OK, I tried one day...but it was not comfortable! Both the top of the hand and the elbow.  Can't knit without bending that elbow.

But I like to THINK about knitting, look at patterns, and visit Blogs to see what everyone else is knitting. That is all less strenuous than actually knitting, ha! So, that is what I did to amuse myself. Or take photos of various flowers!

Wow! I was so sick I could not even pick my head up off the pillow some days. First I had a serious infection that needed IV antibiotics. Then I had another operation (3rd one in 5 weeks, but hopefully that is it!). And finally, after 16 days in the hospital, the DR said I could go home. That is 34 days since June 15, ugh! Let me tell you, it is so very nice to be home! I am still moving slowly, but at least I am home!

I miss my boy, but he calls most days for a few minutes when he wakes up.  You know 13 year old boys...not exactly chatterboxes! He even sent some photos of fishing flies that he is tying - here is a photo of one. He loves fishing. He is doing great! I am so thankful that he is having a fun summer.
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