Sunday, 17 May 2009

Surprise! I'm back. No Surprise! I have new socks.

Hello - remember me? I'm back from looking after dad on the Isle of Wight and the first good news is that he is absolutely fine. Thank you to everyone who sent good wishes. His pacemaker has been replaced and they seem to have turned him up a notch as when he got home he couldn't stop talking and had whipped us up a cheesecake for our tea before we knew what was going on! My sister also came down from Wales to help. I know this sounds naughty as I love my niece and nephew to pieces but it was wonderful to spend time with my sister just by ourselves and with dad. A lot of giggling like twelve year olds was done on the quiet.

However, on a hospital related excursion you can always count on there being more than enough time spent sitting around giving enough quality knitting time for even the most devout needle athlete.

While I was away i managed to complete the following:

The second Trilobite sock. Just to recap they are knit on a 2mm circular needle from Hazelknits Artisan Sock i n the colourway Cabbage Rose which I definitely plan on using again. It's very bouncy and makes a nice sock fabric.
The second lace and cables sock. Again I used 2mm needles with Indigo Moon Yarn in the colourway Apricot. Once again, a lovely springy fabric - highly recommended.
I've also finished one of the Ribbed Ribbon socks in Yarn Yard Toddy Semi Solid which is a much finer yarn, knitting up to a very summer weight sock.

And finally, you didn't think I could manage total project monogamy did you?
Here is, On Hold, another Wendy Johnson pattern from her new book. Incidentally, thank you Wendy for coming over to the blog and commenting. Yes, I am enjoying the book very much thank you as you can tell! The yarn I am using for this is some Posh Yarns Lei which is a wool and bamboo mix which feels very pleasant and drapy to work with.

While I was piling the socks up to bring them in after photographing them I noticed what lovely summery shade I am using and how good they look togther.
LIke this:

Of course, I was planning to knit loads more socks but I was surprisingly seduced. By this little beast. It's 20 years since I've been in the saddle but the weather was so nice and there's a gorgeous cycle track up behind dad's house where the railway line used to run so my sister and I took advantage of the fact that there was nobody around to laugh at us and went on a couple of rides. Now I am by far the most wobbly ( in more ways than one) of the two of us but even I, by the end of our rides, was feeling more confident and starting to enjoy myself. I did manage to fall off once, inexplicable when I had just come to a halt. I do have, however, a disappointing observation to make abut hand knitted garments and cycling. Jeans tucked into bright pink hand knitted socks teamed up with a green hand knitted tank top do not make you look like the sportiest cyclist in the world. Nor does being told you ride your bike like you have a parcel between your knees by your sister who has miraculously brought all her cycling gear.

Next time you will be relieved to know that I am off my sock knitting obsession and may have another little piece of lace to show you. Plus a cardigan if, despite my swatching efforts does not stop looking like it would go round me twice. I have also had the spinning wheel out after a month's abstinence. I'll tell you how it punished me....

12 comments:

Cornflower said...

Glad to hear your dad is on good form.
Lovely socks, as ever!

Paula said...

Gorgeous socks. Glad to hear the hospital visit went well.

Suse-the-slow-knitta said...

good o know that your Dad is feeling chipper.
Those are great socks, as usual.
The thing with cycling is to persevere (and not fall off too often!)

LynS said...

I love the way that patterns in your knitting inadvertently emerge - in this case the lovely summery colours in your socks. I'm particularly taken by the Tribolites - they might be the motivation I need to attempt toe-up socks!

Rose Red said...

"Needle athlete" - love this description of knitters!!

Glad your dad is doing well, love all the socks (the colours do all look great together).

mooncalf said...

Those colours do look lovely together. And it is so great to have a nice big pile of gorgeous handknit socks like that!

RooKnits said...

Lovely lovely socks. Glad your dad is doing well :o)

knitting sprouts said...

I love and am very impressed by the stack of socks

WoollyPaws said...

Glad your Dad is better and brilliant socks, where did you get your sock blockers?

Lin said...

Thats good news that it all went well with your Dad. I love the little pile of socks, I always pop over here to get sock knitting inspiration!

Ed said...

AM happy to read your father is doing well. Oh and how I love your garden, I really miss that. And as usual your knitting is juicy eye candy. BTW, thanks for stopping by.

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