Thursday, November 13, 2008

Been A Little Tied Up Lately

So no good blogging going on. I'll have to get back with the program.

Work has been emotionally draining. I love my job, and I love caring for my patients and their families. Sometimes they are experiencing very serious challenges, and I can't even imagine their stress and pain.

So I do what I can

I'm privileged to be in the company of awesome professionals who work as a team to provide the absolutely best care for body, mind and spirit.

I know I made the right decision to be a nurse.


I completed the 3rd go-around on a Christmas stocking for a family member of The Daughter's friend. They gave me one of the stockings-- made for The Daughter's friend when she was a baby. They also gave me a pattern to follow.

The original appeared to be made in Red Heart. So I purchased Red Heart. Fun. I couldn't match the green color, which may have faded over the years.

I dutifully checked gauge against the pattern-- perfect on size 8's. (I was so very proud of myself-- actually checking gauge...) It was knit flat and then connected at the heel/instep. As I was almost done with the foot, it occurred to me to compare it to the original. It was huge. And the stitches were clearly larger. So I frogged the whole thing, and swatched again, matching the stitch size using 5's. (I was so very proud of myself for finding a needle that matched the stitch size...) I decided to knit in the round on 2 circs rather than knitting the leg flat. When I completely finished the stocking according to the pattern, it was still huge compared to the original.(!)

Now I realize that the reasonable and thoughtful knitter would have checked the size against the original at an earlier point in this evolution, but I was trying to minimize the amount of stuff I was schlepping. And who'd a thunk it didn't match the pattern???

Not me.

Original on the left, MONSTER SOCK in the middle, Acceptable 3rd try on the right

So finally, I did what I should have done in the first place. Forget about the pattern, count the stitches around the original stocking, and go from there.

And as I was packing everything up for a road trip, my eye fell on the Trader Joe's wine carrier. Six sections. Works great. I think I'll use it when I do FairIsle.

I'm basically done, except for blocking and duplicate stitching the pattern. Probably a task for the next road trip.

Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to getting back to the February Lady Sweater-- Beautiful yarn-- orange Water Lily. My fingers have been itching to make some progress. And there are a couple of other baby sweaters for co-workers on the needles as well as the obligatory socks.

So much to knit-- so little time.

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