Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Twenty-Seven of Fifty-Two

Pair 27 of 52, started February 21, finished the 25th. Would have been an even quicker knit had I worked on them Sunday afternoon. Got sidetracked on the computer, though, and didn't knit til after supper. Also, something happened with the second sock, and when I got to the toe shaping, my stitch count was off. I had knit the heel while watching the Oscars, and I guess I wasn't paying enough attention. When I took the Oldest One to curling Monday afternoon I realized the boo-boo and ripped it out all the way back to the end of the cuff. The heel didn't turn out as good as the first sock, so I redid that, too, making sure to count the stitches when I was done this time.

On Your Toes DK Boot Socks, their free pattern. First time I did short row heels. They aren't perfect by any means, but the ragg yarn makes it hard to tell unless you look really close. I must say that I prefer the good old heel flap. Maybe with practice I'll like the SRH better, but for now the flap wins hands down.

Closer look at the heels. At least the ragg yarn hides the imperfections in the short row heels. One side looks good, but the other doesn't. I followed the tutorial to the T, so I guess maybe the not-so-good side will get better with practice. I also followed the directions from one tutorial that said to wrap the next stitch on both sides when you're done the heel to avoid a hole, but I still had little holes and had to take a piece of yarn when I was done and hide them. One of the ladies who comes to Knit Nite sometimes (blogless) does SRH without wraps, so maybe I'll get her to show me how she does hers.

There isn't a lot of yarn in the skein, only 250m, so these aren't as long in the cuff as I normally make them. I didn't want to run out of yarn. I had enough left over, however, that I can get another skein and make a pair for hubby with red heels and toes. They'll have to have lower-than-normal cuffs, too, though, to fit his big ol' feet.

I think I'll take a short sock break. I have yarn set aside to make the nephew a sweater for Easter, so I suppose I should get that and start it. I think I'll make size 12 months, so it shouldn't take long. I started one of my baby sets for the store, only got the first pattern row done, and I made a mistake somewhere. I'll have to fix that. I also may start one of my sweaters.

Yesterday on the way home from my enhanced CT (yes, had to go back for another one, this time with the dye, and I have to go in two weeks for an ultrasound), my phone rang. It was T from work, asking me if I'd heard about hubby's grandfather yet. Apparently yesterday morning he went up on the roof to clear the snow off, his roof was leaking, and he fell. He broke both heels and is in the hospital for six weeks. This is the man who just lost his wife on the 11th. The strangest part is his brother who lives next door saw hime fall and called 911. This does not sound strange, but completely normal; however, these two do not get along at all, and have fought for years and years over total foolishness. Fingers crossed that this is the start of a new beginning?

So I had no ill effects from the dye yesterday. I felt kinda weird afterwards, not really a headache or sick, just weird. It went away about mid-evening. It took awhile for the lady to get the IV in my arm. She actually gave up on the left arm after awhile. I have a bruise where she tried. She was like, "Does this hurt?" and I'm like, "Yes, it's starting to." She found the vein but couldn't get it in, so she switched arms. That one took awhile, too, but not as bad. She said, "I hope everyone isn't like you this afternoon, trying to find a vein. You're a lot of work, small veins." I couldn't get mad at her since her scrubs top was covered with cats and baskets of yarn.

Happy knitting!

PS Today is our 8th anniversary. He's on the road, so maybe when he gets home we'll use our gift certificate to a local restaurant that we got for Christmas.


Blogger Marti said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope your grandfather in law gets well soon.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Charity said...

Happy Anniversary! I like the ragg socks - but I've had the same problem when I've tried a short row heel. One side looks okay, the other doesn't. Hmmm. I wonder what we're doing?

Sorry to hear about your grandfather in law, I hope he recovers quickly.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Ragan Knits etc... said...

Happy 8th Anniversary!
More socks!! You are so fast.
I hope that grandfather is alright.
Take care!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Monika said...

Happy Anniversary! I'd like to knit some sock with heavier weight soon. I can't believe you've knit so many already! My husband didn't like the dye thing either, he got all warm from the inside, but not a nice kind of warm he said.
I've got the dog pet at our local Global Pets Food. Don't know if you have that where you live. Right now it's Sam's turn to snooze in it. :o)

3:34 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I had heard about the accident but didn't realize you were related. A long time healing from that type of fall if I remember correctly.
Congrats on your anniversary!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Frieda said...

Happy Anniversary ! You really are chugging along with your sock knitting . The one and only time I tried short row heels was a disaster , so I stick to my tried and true heel flaps.

Hope the grandfather-in-law heals well . Take care and happy knitting !

10:23 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

The socks look great. I think I prefer the heel flaps too when I make socks.

Sorry to hear about your grandfather. Hope he heals quickly!

Happy anniversary!

1:43 AM  

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