Friday, November 04, 2011

Socks—Done!

Not Done!—The thing is they are all knit (done!) but they are not done because they are still on the needles—and will remain there for a few days.

They are really wonderful though --(I have, of course, tried them on!) The rib pattern is so soft and cushy—and the the fit-- perfect. The ridges in the rib pattern make the feel so warm and cozy! I think I like how the the stripes look on the sole (the plain stocking knit) better than how they look in the ribbed pattern—but, OH, I LOVE how the rib feels!

The reason they are still on the needle and haven't had the last few stitches grafted is: My friend D. is completing her first pair of socks--(she started them in July and has been struggling with them—but not ever giving up) and the last lesson she needs is how to graft. SO... I'm holding off till the weekend—and then I'll demo grafting on my socks, and let her try it out on her socks.

What Next?--I don't know! Gloves—from the fingers down—are high on my list, and November's socks are already on my mind (these are easy—a pair of lacy socks in shade of lavender!) And last night I balled up some 300 yards of home spun merino is a lovely soft red..its about DK weight—and would make a lovely scarf--(the merino is so soft!) --and I have an idea of what I want to do.

An other rectangular scarf—with broad lacy ends that taper to a simple lace—for most of the scarf. The homespun is in two slightly mis-matched (yardage wise) balls.. It makes sense to start both ends and work them together, and then graft the two halves together—But.. Grand as this sounds—I have at least 3 books that feature scarf patterns (alone!) and another half dozen book with lace patterns—and I am going to at least thumb through them and see if any of the scarves or lace pattens in them jump out and say—ME! You want to knit ME!

The paragraphs below might be TMI—so skip them if you are squeamish.

My leg is healing nicely—It went from really ugly “raw meat”--a deep open wound (one big enough to fit half a walnut (shell!) in, to a pink edged crater--(as it drained for 3 weeks)

Each day the crater shrunk in size—getting narrower and shallower. Tuesday (this week) I saw the surgeon again—and we've entered phase 2—Now I just cover the open wound (it is still draining a bit) but I don't have to “pack” (that is, stuff gauze into the wound) and it's beginning to “granulate” (that is, dry out and form a scab--(why don't they just say that?)

In some ways this is the worst! Scabs—work by 'shrinking'--they pull the edges of a wound together (and close it) as they protect the process of skin's growth.

The shrinking (and pulling) is an annoying discomfort—It's not so much pain—as irritating.. It's like having a bandage pulling--(you want to rip it off and replace with a more comfortable one!) and it's itchy--(so damn itchy!) too.

And its going to take weeks (about 3!) to fully scab up and be a closed wound—Until then, it's dressing (gauze pads) and outer bandage (an ace bandage) to hold the gauze in place and provide some compression (to help the edged come together.) And annoying itch!

1 comment:

zippiknits said...

Oooo! Your ribbed socks look very good. You've made me rethink some I'm making that are a sort of rib (hedgerow)all the way up the instep. Your ribs are taller, too. right? The new shawl/scarf is going to be lovely -both the color and edge.

TMI. I will have to say, you said it well. It sounds uber painful, the hole in your leg. Maybe my pond scum leg isn't too bad to share after all. People should know about "collateral damage". I sure was surprised by it.