And not because I don’t want to! Last month, I had a bicycle accident while taking my (almost) daily ride. I wasn’t terribly injured – just some nasty bruises on my face and all up and down my right side along with some scrapes on my knee. I tried to break my fall with my right arm and in doing so, it was severely strained. Quite honestly, I can’t believe I didn’t break it! But the x-rays say differently. I haven’t been able to knit since and it’s been incredibly frustrating. I am wearing a rigid wrist brace in hopes that my muscles will relax and heal, but so far…it still hurts to use it even for small things – like typing. So this is going to be short! (or not)
I did finish some socks before the accident, however. These are for another student at school. I was only going to make one pair – for the winner at our annual auction, but the mother of this boy begged me to make him a pair too. She wanted to let the other student win since it was her last year at our school – and since I’m a sucker and I love my students – I agreed. He asked for “neon green with 3 black stripes – not too thick and not too thin”.
I think I nailed it. I bought Knit Picks Stroll in Bare and use 8 packets of Lemon Lime Kool-Aid to dye the yarn. The black is Cascade Heritage Sock. I told him that he was getting a black stripe right before the toe so I’d have something to look forward to while knitting the foot. If they look really long, that’s because he wears a size 10! Fortunately, his feet are skinny, so I still used a 64 stitch cast on. I used the jogless stripe method of slipping the first stitch on the row after a color change. It wasn’t perfect, but looks okay.
A few days after I gave them to him, he sent me this picture:
Somehow, I didn’t weave the ends in very well on one stripe. Very frustrating! I fixed it though and it looks okay. It’s a little lumpy on the inside, but he says it doesn’t bother him.
Pattern: None – I used a 64 stitch cast on and the numbers for heel from Cookie A.’s Sock Innovation. (The heel table in the book is worth the price of the whole book!) The stripes are 5 rows wide.
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare – dyed with Lemon Lime Kool-Aid. Cascade Heritage Sock in black.
Needles: Size 2.25mm – US 1 dpns
Started: Sometime in early September.
Finished: October 24th.
It’s still sad not to end with a Tiger picture and quote. Possibly soon, you will see someone new to end the blog! For now though…too much typing.