Thank you all for your concern and good wishes for my parents. My father gets to go home today (after the better part of four weeks in the hospital!). My mother is holding steady in the health care center. I am knitting again. Here’s a photo I took of them on my father’s 89th birthday last February (I knitted that sweater for him in 1980 and he still wears it almost every day in the winter).
that I’ve announced all these projects, I’ll feel compelled to finish them. I’ll keep you posted as I make progress, one project at a time.
Over the summer I worked out instructions for toe-up socks that look just like top-down socks. The pattern was made available on the Quince & Co website a couple of weeks ago. Problem is, I failed to specify the type of cast-on to use. I am such an idiot!
You should use a method that casts on stitches for working in the round such as Judy’s Magic Cast-On or the Turkish/Eastern Cast-on. You can find instructions for these methods online through a Google search.
I managed to finish the scarf I’ve been working on for the last few weeks in between hospital and nursing home visits. I used Quince & Co Tern in a lovely grape color (I’m sure it has an inspired name but I can’t find the label). I used size US 5 needles and about 1 1/2 skeins of yarn. This yarn contains 25% tussah silk, which gives the yarn a marvelous heathery appearance. I still need to write up the instructions, then the pattern (and yarn) will be available through Quince & Co soon.
Next up is a triangular shawl in my favorite olive green color.
It’s been three weeks since my mother broke her hip and things had just started to settle down so that I felt able to knit again. I’m about half way done with a lace scarf. But the fates have other plans. Monday my 89-year-old father was taking his daily 20-mile bike ride when a woman passed him on the right and caused him to lose his balance and fall. He’s now in the hospital indefinitely with 7 broken ribs and a punctured lung. Obviously, I’m having trouble knitting again. Between visiting my dad in the hospital and my mom in the rehab nursing home, I wonder if I should change careers and become a health-care provider