Busy As A Sick Bumblebee

For the past two weeks I’ve been decidedly under the weather. So much so that I was (and still am) forced to give up many responsibilities and sit around, resting as best I can. Sometimes it’s more irking then others, but for the most part I’m content. The sitting around has led to some amazing progress on the knitting front. Think about it, what else can you do when you’re supposed to be resting? Besides read, and I did that already. Four new books worth.

The sweater body is finished, and I’m a few inches down the first sleeve. Unfortunately, it won’t be ready in time for my original goal, which was today, but that’s okay because the event I wanted to wear it to doesn’t fall under the category of resting.

After a mad dash to the bottom hem and the subsequent beginning on the sleeve, my knitting self just snapped. I had had enough of purple worsted weight. I would start a new project or die trying!

The logical choice was to turn to something smaller, and much more fun. My third pair of socks coming right up. I have this lovely Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light yarn, and the Creeping Vines pattern seemed made for it. (I would have started in on the Falling Tears socks, but I have yet to prove whether I actually possess a third ball of yarn, or am merely hallucinating.) As you can see, it’s a gorgeous deep reddish brown. They call it potting soil, which I guess works, but who wants to wear something made of potting soil?

I knit a ridiculously long leg to show off the stitch pattern . . . sort of. More like I was using too large a needle size at the beginning, so I had to slide it higher up to make it fit. But I do like the stitch pattern! It’s quite fun to do. And there are less than twenty rows to keep track of. My kind of pattern.

The sock looks rather pathetic now, before blocking. The pattern pulls it into a sort of twisted lump, but I assure you, it looks quite nice when stretched! And, the amazing part? Here’s a bit about the advantages of resting. Since starting this after lunch on Wednesday, I have knit the whole leg, turned the heel, picked up the gusset stitches, and now arrived at the “knit until it measures a couple inches from the toe” part. I just hope I get the second one finished as quickly! The yarn is fairly soft, and not too hairy for comfort. My main concern is that the openwork stitches might not hold up to normal use.

Here you can get a glimpse of the vine crawling – no, creeping up the leg of the sock. It’s surrounded by those little yarn-over grid thingies. (To use my descriptive terms to full advantage.)

While we’re discussing footwear, you actually do get to see the finished slippers. They were too small again and had to come home for touch ups. Here they are finished. This resting interfered with their projected delivery date, so here’s hoping they arrive at their final home sometime next week and fit!

One Response to Busy As A Sick Bumblebee
  1. Linda Burklin
    February 20, 2010 | 2:57 pm

    Feel better SOON! And it never hurts to have more than one knitting project going at a time . . .

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