Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A, Winter 2006 Knitty
Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot, “Thunderhead”
Needles: 2.5mm/US 1.5
Modifications: I ended with a regular toe.
And I made one and a half Bird of Paradise socks. This is the current Petals Collection offering. I’m using the pattern that came with the yarn, and it is striping perfectly. They’re a simple, happy knit.
While I was knitting I still had that terrible cold. I missed two days of work and was minimally-functional for the other three, but I lived to tell the tale. I couldn’t have done it without the help of a wonderful friend. Rho answered my bleating call on Monday and made a trip to the store for me. She delivered enough soup and comfort food to get me over the worst of it, and she included a few sweet treats, too. Thank you, Hon!
I’m still dragging a little, and I’ve been sleeping a lot, but I feel lots better. Thanks to all of you for the get-well wishes!
I couldn’t resist casting on these pretty new socks. It’s Ann Budd’s Diagonal Rib pattern, which was an Interweave web offering in 2004. The yarn is from Sundara, “Magenta over Grey-Violet.” A little purple is a cheerful thing.
I need some cheer now, because while I was so out of it my mom, who has already been in and out of the hospital a couple of times this year, was in again. She had one or several small strokes, which weren’t devastating (we’ve already been down that road) but require some rehab, so she’s back in a nursing home temporarily. After an anxious day of not knowing when she’d be moved, hearing no news, and being so far away, I was relieved to finally hear that she was okay. I started the socks to make the waiting bearable.
I’m going to drive down and visit her this week, which is the only open window of opportunity at work. There are so many staff trips, appointments, store events, etc. going on that my next chance would be sometime in the middle of May. Footloose and fancy free, I’m not.
I’ll take knitting, and my computer (I think I’ll show my mom some of the pictures I’ve been taking), and I’ll have a few nights in a hotel while spending the days visiting my little mother while she has physical and speech therapy. If you have any GoodThoughts hanging around, send them her way, would you?
On the way home I’m going to stop at K’s house for a knitting playdate. We’ve been planning a little sock stash leftover swap for a while now, and I’m dying to see all the socks he’s been knitting. Oh, and the alpaca sweater he just finished, and there’s something in cashmere, I hear…