The knitting keeps me sane

My Mom had come up for Easter and we’d had a good week, although I noticed that she was weaker. On her return home, things didn’t go well. She was weak, and had fallen once and couldn’t get up. The Fire Department came and got her up. But then she fell again.

I made plans to go to her – I thought I could wait the night and drive down the next day, and made plans to be away. When I got to the house, I found the curtains drawn, and nobody answering. There was a message on the front door – she’d fallen one more time, and the paramedics took her to the ER.

Since then it’s been a rollercoaster. The good news is that today my Mom got up out of the bed and sat in a chair on her own for an hour. Considering where we’d been, this is very, very good news.

Fortunately, I packed a lot of knitting – I knit a sock while Mom was in the ICU –

Hospital Sock1a

and the second sock is almost done.

I’ve also been working on a top-down raglan cardigan for Afghans for Afghans (photo soon). I think I might have gone crazy without the knitting and the iTouch. Hour after hour I’ve been sitting and fortunately educated, entertaining, and contributing something to the world at the same time that I’ve accompanied my Mom on this journey.

Right now, we can see some light on the other shore, and I hope that the rest of the journey is smoother. But I won’t let the knitting out of my sight yet.


Ooh, the lace, the lace!

You may have noticed that I knit for others a lot – partly because I knit a lot and don’t need a whole lot more sweater at any point, and also because it is a fun thing to do for those who appreciate it. One of those who appreciates it is my daughter’s cousin Allison.

When the Twist Collective Spring Issue came out, I had a collective gasp at all the knitterly gorgeousness in it. Seriously, how can one issue have so many awesome patterns? But one of my favorites was the Poplar and Elm pattern. And it turns out that Allison liked it too when I tweeted her about this. So, I got the pattern, bought the yarn from Sunday Knits, and this lovely package came in the mail. The yarn is yummy (and cheaper when you buy the knit pack she’s selling to go with the pattern):


and she throws in this lovely project bag with the yarn:


I am a very happy knitter, and hoping to start a swatch this afternoon if I can find the time!


Favorite Child

I confess, I get all attached to things that I knit. But I am a fickle knitter, I like the newer child better.

Such is the case with socks.

I recently knit these socks out of the very first yarn that I hand-dyed. I whined that I might keep them for myself, even though I don’t wear socks this thick, and they would keep a child in Afghanistan warm. Yeah, that was pretty honest to admit.

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But now, well, now I have no problem putting them in the Afghans for Afghans pile. What has caused this change of mind? Was it that I really got in touch with only being able to wear 2 socks at a time, or that I could hand-dye more yarn just about any time that I want? I wish. I wish that it was being way more generous than I really am about socks.

No, it was that I am now knitting this lovely handspun-by-me yarn from Targhee from Abstract Fiber. It was supposed to be a three-ply yarn, but the stuff is so crimped and bouncy it ended up being a two-ply yarn:


into another pair of socks in the lovely “Laurel” colorway – and I’m smitten by them.
Handspun Socks1a

Yep, I’m just now infatuated with another, newer pair of socks-in-the-making.


Color is Fun

I had fun with the Easter Egg coloring, and the bunnies that got made, are, IMO, pretty cute:

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And then I knit with the yarn that I kettle-dyed too – and I’m pretty happy with how they came out. It was made with a combination of food coloring – red and blue and yellow, with what I thought was a teeny bit of green acid dye (I was wrong, it was a lot). Not bad for a first effort!

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I’m torn. I don’t need a pair of socks, but I like them a lot. But a child/youth in Afghanistan needs them more!