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Friday, November 7, 2008

brand new day, brand new sock…

Although this little sock has gone on the move in my pocket for a couple of weeks in Chicago, it is seriously on the highway now: we’re both up in Northern Lower Michigan. My Mom fell and fractured her pelvis so we’ve transplanted to the Comfort Inn Cadillac for a spell :)

It’s been gorgeous up here and the peaceful weather is comforting and healing to her. She has a great room with a view in a local rehab place and they are the most wonderful people, helping and teaching and supporting…

The little sock is getting to be a big sock now! My game plan: faux cables to decorate; ribbing to manage the yarn blend (wool/hemp). So far so nice…

The yarn came from a trio of small yardage onesies harvested from StitchesMW: top of the sock is yarn from one skein; the top ribbing, heel and toes is a deeper tone, and the foot, a little lighter tone than the leg. I picked my favorite to show on that part and let the least favorite be the foot. I’m hoping that I’ll have enough yarn to take it to the finish line!

Methinks excitement and anxiety about yardage makes me knit faster sometimes! And I’ve noticed I have had several projects where this is the underlying rub: recently I started an Ariann sweater out of chocolate colored Cormo Cross yarn from the Michigan Fiber Fest.

No yardage was given on the skein tags, so I guestimated it by weighing the skeins. Each one had ~4 oz. I added up the weight, did a WPI test (11) which matches my substitution range. Then came the fun part: faith. I looked at the spin and loft and twist characteristics of the yarn strand itself and determined that like much Barn Yarn (and this is the yummiest most beautifully spun I’ve seen thus far), this was perhaps processed in one of the mills that takes fleeces from small producers. The yardage for those types of yarns is approx. 210-215 yards, which puts me a little short for my size. Now the excitement begins!

21 responses to “Friday, November 7, 2008”

  1. Trish says:

    Well, if you run out of yarn, I guess you could make these like gauntlets for your feet……:)

  2. Ya mean if I knit faster it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll have enough yarn if it looks like I’m running out?!?! Do you do that too? Faster = More yarn. Hope mom is doing well, can you see me waving to you from Zeeland?

  3. Laura K says:

    Wishing all the best for your Mom-

  4. CindyCindy says:

    Hope all goes well with your mother. Love the sock.

  5. Seanna Lea says:

    I hope your mother mends well and fast. There is nothing fun about broken bones (and the pelvis must be extra hard)!

    Your sock looks nice and festive. How is the wool-hemp blend to work with?

  6. Kate G. says:

    Sending Get Better wishes to your Mom and extra yardage wishes to you. Can’t ait to see the finished socks, because I just know you have great taste in shoes.

  7. Jennifer says:

    The sock is lovely! I hope your mom heals quickly and easily. It sounds like a nice place to be under the circumstances.

  8. AmyP says:

    Sorry to hear about your mum – I hope she heals quickly.

  9. nanc says:

    I hope your Mom heals quickly and feels better soon. I’m sure your being there adds a nice level of comfort.

    I’ll be up in the Flint area in a week, so save some of that great fall weather for me! (Quite different than TX.)

    And I’m luvin’ the sock!

  10. Natalia says:

    I hope your mom heals quickly, and is comfortable as possible in the meantime. Your sock is looking great.

  11. Bonne, So sorry to hear about your mom’s fall, my mum fell April 2007 and ended up having a replacement. It all went really well for her and I’m hoping the same for your mom!

    Also, love the new sock(s), those are the ones were you had a brighter color way for the cuffs and toes and the muted version for the body of the sock, right? Love the colors, they will keep cold toes warm in the coldest of winters.

    All the best Bonne to you and your mom.

  12. Cruz says:

    I “tuned in” for Friday fashion and was so sorry to hear about your mother’s fall. How great that you can be there for her and how wonderful to have your beautiful knitting to keep your hands and mind engaged. All the best to both of you.

  13. Bonne Marie says:

    Thank you all so much! I’ve been having a great time knitting with my mom; she has a shawl she’s making. We’ve been sitting and chatting and telling bad stories. It’s funny how families never really run out of things to talk about :)

  14. Jen says:

    Here’s hoping your mom heals soon!

  15. Karen B. says:

    Oh no! I sincerely hope your mother is feeling better and that she is headed for a swift recovery. If you need a yarn care package, just holler.

  16. sil says:

    Sending good wishes to your mom and you! Help her knit those pelivs bone fractures.

  17. meg says:

    Praying for your Mom, quick healing. Gorgeous sock, love the color & texture. Wish my Mom would knit with me! =)

  18. Dianne says:

    Hope your Mom gets better soon. Love the sock.

  19. Gaile says:

    I hope your Mom recovers quickly, so sorry this happened. LOVE the sock, it’s very pretty!

  20. Lori on Little Traverse Bay says:

    Sorry to hear you’re in NLM due to a fall and not just Fall. Hope your mom has a speedy recovery! It sounds like she is getting good care. BYW, the sock and the donut cardi look great!

  21. Wanda says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your mom. She is in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

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