I need something to keep my hands warm but still functional so cast on a pair of fingerless gloves Saturday (yep, at work). Since any type of lace work is impossible for me if there are interruptions I waited until Sunday to do the patterns on the hand and finish the first one.
The lace pattern is an adaptation of the Elaine’s Blouse in Interweave Knits Winter 2008. The pic is a little wonky and yes, the tree is up – coming down today, promise! But you get the general idea. The top has an eyelet border that may or may not show when blocked.
I went with a buttonhole thumb opening since I need my thumbs not to be slippery most of the time. I’ll be casting on the mate shortly. This is definitely a test knit and will be making mods before posting the pattern.
Then… I’ve got a pair of socks on the needles for myself, too! The color is one of my favorites – lilac and they’re turning out soft and cozy. (Knit Picks Essential).
I’d originally started on 2.75 mm needles and dropped to size 1 but after turning the heel realized there was no chance my size 8 feet were fitting in 64 stitches of that tinnnnny of a gauge so frogged and redid the top part on size 3’s and will drop down to 2.75s after another row or two of ribbing. I actually like the roll part on the larger needle anyway. It’s less of a tight roll and more a fluid roll/wave.
Again, as this is a knit at work project and has to be put down and picked up readily, nothing complicated or even requiring thought with this pair.
I’m a little frustrated at not being able to knit Socks for Soldiers at work. I am absolutely committed to working on those daily. But, I discovered the constant picking up/putting down changes my gauge too much and that just won’t do!
In non-knitting news…. 4B is sick and I’m rather concerned about him but trying not to fall into the co-dependent thing again. I’ve stayed away for the most part but did stay a couple nights ago to make sure he’s surviving and call a few times a day. It’s difficult to know where to draw the line right now. I have decided though if this turns into pneumonia then I need to be around. It’s far too dangerous for someone with full blown emphysema to be alone with pneumonia and his decision making skills are somewhat skewed.
update – 4B actually did take himself to the VA yesterday. (I stayed elsewhere last night so just found out when he woke up this morning.) It’s a lung infection and they wanted to admit him but he refused. This is not good at all.