Tuesday, October 5, 2010

miserable


It's cold, damp and drizzling. "What a miserable day" Gavin remarked as he peered out into the back garden. Unfortunately the miserable weather reflects how I feel. Headache, itchy eyes, sore throat, congestion and lethargy - just miserable.

Accompanying those symptoms is bad temper and impatience. The herringbone rib socks have been ripped out, the yarn and pattern put away for another day. The pattern, which involves a lot of slipping stitches, passing stitches back and forth, and, passing stitches over each other, is just far too painful on tiny needles. And at the small size the pattern almost disappears. Not worth the trouble, especially in my current mood. Maybe I'll try again in a few weeks. It might work on the usual size needles if I omit three stitches within each pattern repeat to bring the stitch count down to something likely to fit.

But for now I'm fed up so I'm switching gears entirely. Next! Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt. It's one of the most popular designs on Ravelry which makes it feel like a safe bet. And it looks like a good pattern for the Alley Cat sock yarn in a Tea Time colourway. Not to mention that I can knit these on my favourite Lantern Moon Sox Stix. It sounds like a recipe for success, right?

6 comments:

Karen said...

I had a lot of experience last winter in knitting while ill--I had pneumonia that knocked me out for a month. Embossed Leaves sounds like a great "sick sock"--enough pattern to keep you interested and distracted from how awful you feel, but not so much that you want to tear it out (and stab the next person who talks to you with your DPNs).
Get well soon!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Crap - there's another sock pattern I'll have to knit!

Can't wait to see how your tea time looks knit up.

Hope you feel better soon

suse-the-slow-knitta said...

it can be so frustrating when yarn and pattern clash,I had the same thing this week, frogged and changed everything!

Dee said...

Hope you are feeling better soon! Surely this easy pattern and great yarn will help.

Frieda said...

Oh no , here we go with the cold and flu season . Hope you feel better soon !

As for the socks sometimes it's just better to move on . Nice pattern and a beautiful yarn , definitely a cure for the sock knitting blues ...

Louise said...

The new sock pattern looks REALLY nice. Have fun knitting them. I am looking forward to wip pictures.