I am in Saskatoon for a week or two. My mother's gallbladder is being ornery so she's in the hospital while doctors try to decide whether to take it out now or later. She will be fine, but I am here for awhile to help her out while she's in the hospital and once she gets home. While I have been visiting her a couple of times a day there has been lots of time for knitting. When I was packing to come here, I wasn't sure how long it would be, so I threw a bunch of UFOs in a basket and tossed it in the trunk. Yesterday I finished off a pair of well-travelled socks:
Sock knitting is such a comfort for me these days. I have made so many pairs that I don't have to use a pattern anymore, and there are so many fabulous sock yarns around that each pair looks different. There is always a pair in the bottom of my bag, ready to keep my brain busy while waiting around in a multitude of places. I used to knit them while the kids were at the playground, and now I knit them while I'm visiting my mom in the hospital. Life's a funny thing. It's nice to have this constant. It doesn't hurt that I love wearing them. Lindsay has become a convert too.
These ones are for him. I'm not sure when I started them, but I took them to Victoria with us. So they saw the airport, and the pub where we watched the football game, then the airport again. Then they saw The Loop for a couple of afternoons. Finally, they were finished here in Saskatoon while waiting for doctors yesterday. They are plain vanilla 64 stitch numbers.
Then I started working on the idea of a square made out of the leftovers. I have always meant to do this - make squares out of the tail ends of sock yarns right when I finish the sock, then making a blanket when you have enough. I have always liked the idea of a square knitted from the inside out so you could use up all the leftovers. You would have different sized squares, but that would be part of the charm - filling in with other things. As you can see, this is all a kind of seat-of-the-pants kind of plan, if you can even call it that. I made a trial run yesterday, but I'm not sure if you can call it a success:
It's a bit sticky-outy in the middle. I think I'll rip it back and try again.
When at home, keeping this boy company:
I've been working on this sweater:
It's Montagne designed by Melissa LaBarre. The Loop is having a technique knit-a-long this year. Every month you choose a project that uses a particular technique. This month is working in the round. I have made lots of sweaters in the round, so this one isn't really a challenge, but I had a terrific head cold at the beginning of the month, and all I wanted was a woolly cocoon. So here it is. The yarn is Cascade 128. I am down to the sleeves, which shouldn't take long, but they are. They always do. This project is something of double whammy, since it's the most wonderful red, and I'm still working my way through the rainbow. I should be moving into orange, but all this happened pretty quick, so I will revisit Project Colour when I get home. I did most of the sewing for my capsule wardrobe, but haven't taken pictures.
I did a little fabric purchasing today - retail therapy, anyone?
These two co-ordinating knits came from Unique Textiles. They are destined to become a t-shirt or two and maybe some yummy undies.
So that's what's up in my corner of the world. What's up with you?