Tuesday 19 April 2011

Knitting Round Up

This time tomorrow I'll be in surgery (ARRGHGHGGHG!!!!) To help me stop thinking about it, I decided to do one last post and update you with all my knitting.

I finally finished my Chain Mail Socks from my Cat Bordhi book, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters: Book Two in the New Pathways for Sock Knitters Series. (I talked about where I got this book in this post).  The stitch pattern is great but it did get very tedious after a while.  I decided to only make quite short socks (again)!

In a way, I think it was a good decision as the stitch pattern was getting tighter as it grew in length.  That is one of the many disadvantages of having rugby player legs, nothing fits!  However, the stitch pattern is rather lovely.

The main problem with these socks that the pattern does get a little lost in the yarn striping.  Not that many people will get to see the sock tops, but it still feels a shame.  The pattern really hugs the ankle, so if the sock was longer, it would probably stay up without a problem.

It never ceases to amaze me how weird these socks look when they aren't on a foot, but they fit like a dream.  This yarn was a real delight to knit with, so when I went to my friend Mary Clare's new lock up, and saw the same yarn but in sunshine yellow, I scooped up the two skeins in the basket in front of me, panicking that I would miss out, not realising there was a stack in the next room - doh!

This yarn colour just cheers me up so much.  The yarn is Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Socka Mexiko Color and I know I'm going to end up going back for the pale blue version as well!  I decided that as I had 2 skeins of 100g then I could try and make long socks for a change.  I am doing them the same way the last few pairs have been made, toe up and two at a time, and I'm using the Ribbed Leg sock pattern from the Cat Bordhi book.

I'm hoping that these socks will be the perfect choice for my post surgery sock knitting.  I think I will be taking these in with me, while I wait for my turn on the operating table, as the colours just make me smile! (I need something to cheer me up while I wait!)

I have also got started on the cardigan I was talking about here.

Aren't the colours in this yarn beautiful?  This yarn is just begging to be knit and I was motoring along very quickly when disaster struck and my needle broke!  I love how KnitPro Options are guaranteed.  The lovely Alison at p2tog, has promised that my new needles will be with my today, so if I want I can take this into the hospital.  I think however, it will be better left for when I get out, as I haven't reached the point of brainless knitting yet.

I've added on the stitches for the wide fronts, but I haven't yet reached where I divide for the arms.  I think even if the needles do arrive today, I will leave the Wrapigan (cross between a cardigan and a wrap) for when I get home.  It's not like I have a shortage of projects to keep me entertained in the hospital!

So there you have it, a little update to keep you satiated until I can reach a keyboard once again.  Here are my current WIPs, which I hope to have well in hand by the next time I blog.

Wrapigan -blogged here.
Ribbed Leg Socks
Mirage Spiral -blogged here.
My Glamorous Scarf -blogged here and here.
Recovery Sweater -blogged here, here and here.

It does seem like a lot of WIPs but I am going to be lying flat on my back for a few weeks.  I don't want to have to think about what to cast on next.  These are all at simple stages, where I can pick them up and knit without really having to look at the pattern.  Perfect surgery knitting.

Thanks once again for all the wishes of success.  I'm sure everything will go fine, and in a couple of months I'll be creating even more lovely things that don't require me to make them lying flat on my back anymore!


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