Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Resurrected & 2011 FO# 8: Hospital Socks
I started these socks in hospital. I was bored, woozy and desperately in need of bright and cheerful things.
Fast forward two months later, and I'm at home - bored, cranky and with horrible cold toes. While unpacking all my bags from the hospital I spy a glaring yellow barely started sock (honestly, it's hard to miss - it's pretty freaking bright) and my prayers for occupation and toe-warming are answered. One week later I have warm toes, have passed my time pleasantly watching old movies and knitting socks, and am generally all-around feeling much better.
I used my usual 64 stitches on this sock, but the combination of 2.5mm needles (I usually use 2.25mm) and the slightly-thicker-than-normal Jitterbug yarn led to these socks being just a tiny bit too big to wear with shoes. It suits me though - I'm wearing them as bed/house slippers and I know that when I see their brightness, it's bound to make me feel a little bit happier than I was before.
Pattern: Pillars by Lisa Stichweh (Rav link)
Yarn: One of my favourites - Colinette Jitterbug in Vincent's Apron
Notes/Modifications: Used my own stitch count for the sock, a short-row heel and my own standard toe.
But, as they say in the classics - wait, there's more! One of the benefits of moving (and there aren't many that I can see) is the chance to go through all your long-forgotten belongings that have been shoved into bags, drawers and boxes, and then forgotten about. A long time ago (in October 2007, according to Ravelry), I started a mitered square blanket (honestly, I am an awful blogger. This a major project which involves a huge investment of capital and time, and did I mention starting it? Did I discuss the process? Nope, I just made random mention of squares I was knitting. Bad me!). Anyhoo, when moving I found the 38 squares that I had finished for the blanket and realised that I only had 10 squares to go before I could start the seaming. Admittedly, this did not make me pick up the blanket again, but did make it seem more possible that one day it would eventually be finished. I stored it in the bottom drawer of the dresser.