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.
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.
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....