3/06/2006

A Quickie.....

A little post; was at the hospital all day with Ed. He has Bronchitis (and/or a viral infection) and has some antibiotics. He is never sick (I always am) and so he is really under. I dropped him off because I had to go get bloodwork (other things not to be named!) done - they took about 20 vials!! We were at the hospital until about 4pm; what a way to spend the day. Got to love our health care system at work. The best thing was sitting in the waiting room with all these people; hacking and coughing away (NOT putting their hands over their mouths...). Nick and I ended up moving to another area while we waited for Ed (the day surgery department was empty, brand new and not a cougher in the lot!). The best thing about the hospital was that I brought my second Country Sock and got it cast on and almost all the ribbing border done. I had finished the first sock on the weekend (I am trying to remember what the heck I did this weekend..have no clue!). I love the yarn, it is such a nice knit. RYC Cashsoft (4 Ply) is soooooo soft; feels great and has alot of elasticity. Note the very nice Fiber Trends Sock Blockers - got those last month from Elann.com. I also have enough RYC to make another pair of socks in black with a pale blue accent - will enjoy it very much but I have so many other socks to knit that it will likely have to wait a bit. I am still trying to figure out how to best manage my time. It is funny because when I was at Carole's just before Chinese New Year's we were looking at our horoscopes for the coming year (I am a metal Rat). Mine said my biggest challenge was going to be how to manage my time. NO shit! I have so many projects, wannabe projects, knitalongs, etc. etc. I am constantly trying to figure out how to plan my time. Given that this month is Red/Pink for Project Spectrum my goals are to finish Stornoway (a little ambitious perhaps and I don't have the pressure of the Olympics to push me towards the end), to knit a pair of red socks, to bead a red goddess and perhaps to knit a scarf(I am itching to knit My So Called Scarf). I also volunteered to knit a couple of blue squares (more about that tomorrow). Here is my progress to date on Stornoway. I had taken out because I realized that the needles I was knitting on were not 3mm (in fact 2.5 mm's from a package labelled 3mm - gee I wonder what the lesson is there?). I am now on the correct needles; did check a couple of times to make sure. The pattern is lovely and the wool is true gansey. To the right see the Regia red. I have my knitting notions to the right of that which just happens to be pinks and reds. I never consciously realized how much pink and red I have around the joint! I am going to try and get up to the armpit gussets by the weekend (may be a tad ambitious - I have to knit 418 stitches per round on the sweater on my enseey teensy 3mm needles). The red sock yarn is for Oriel from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. If you love to knit socks and want a pattern book this one is fabulous. I didn't buy it for the longest time (I think I thought that the cover was too boring and I hadn't had the opportunity to look inside but I got a gift card for Chapters at Christmas and went for it) but I am sooooo glad I have it now. There are tons of patterns inside! Oriel is under Twelve Stitch Patterns. I will try to post a photo of the finished sock from the book as soon as I can. I am looking forward to this sock; they are toe-up and lace so it should be an interesting knit. I am off to the big TO tomorrow; have an IV and an appointment with another specialist, Dr. Jain (urologist - small incident with a kidney stone on Christmas eve) and I am hoping to stop by Lettuce Knit on the way home (okay a little sidetracked excursion but I am praying that I have enough energy to do it!). I will let you know how it goes! Guess this wasn't such a little post. Oh and Pink One, I will post a photo of the Flower Power Patchwork Blanket (not mine because it's not done) this week......SEE YA!

4 comments:

Julie said...

I hope Ed is feeling better. The socks look great!!

Samantha said...

Great sock! It's nice you'll have enough yarn left for a 2nd pair.

I hope Ed is feeling better soon. Spending a day in the hospital is not my idea of fun. You'd almost think that there'd be more healt conscious people out there ... more polite people who cover their coughs and sneezes.

Your project spectrum stuff looks great too. :)

I love getting Chapters gift cards. I love buying books ...

Rhonda said...

Before I go on about anything: I hope your DH is better soon. At least he had you by his side, to listen to the gentle clicking of your needles, while he waited in that dreadful hospital atmosphere.

Now ... I love, LOVE those sock blockers. I was just thinking how I need to get back to knitting socks on the train [back & forth to work & home] [BTW a Cynthia got me hooked on knitting socks while she's been taking over the world one sock at a time]

An' girl, I THOUGHT I was into a lot of stuff. Boy are you ever the obsessed knitter! Rock on!! So much done is so little time. How do you do it?

All I can say is... Keep on knitting :)

Rhonda said...

BTW, thanks for stopping by My Home ... thought I should tell you that I lined the bath mat with flannel & tied the layers together using yarn like a quilt With the ties on the fabric side. Makes it more absorbant & soft to step on. I really should put that on my blog, huh? I'm still learning :) Happy knitting!