Now a sick sloth.

In the evening after I wrote my last post, a mere four days ago, I realised I had a bit of a sore throat. Nothing awful – a bit of a scratchy feeling that almost everyone in the UK has at present. Not so the next morning. Full on streaming cold, coughing, sneezing, and verging on deaf from time to time. Not funny, and it got worse later in the day when I started getting giddy, off balance, spells – presumably all connected with the stupid ear clearing problems. Cue a day sulking on the sofa, which has turned into several.

Now, I am probably in with a whole bunch of you who spent a few days after the holidays sorting out stash. I included my yarn stash and was quietly amazed at how much sock yarn I had. Yes, I like knitting socks. No, they rarely use up all the yarn. Why not make use of this ‘leftover’ yarn to make socks. There was certainly enough of it. There was other yarn too but we can gloss over that for the moment.

I spent some time blog hopping and generally  wasting time researching online and saw references to knitting two socks at once. I have used other videos from Knit Purl Hunter when I have been uncertain and can recommend them with great confidence. This is a way to ensure a matching pair no matter how random your yarn selection is (provided you divide it into two balls to knit from). My brain definitely wasn’t up to using multiple balls of yarn so I selected a couple of balls that ‘sneaked’ into my last yarn order from the Wool Warehouse.

Toe up socks - two at once!

Toe up socks – two at once!

The yarn is Drops Fabel print which is 75% Wool, 25% Polyamide in common with most sock yarn. It forms a sort of ‘fair isle’ pattern as you knit. I have knitted lots of socks, not all blogged – after all, how many pairs of socks are interesting? – so I was confident that my brain could handle that but would it cope with two at once? Initially it was a bit difficult until the toe increases had been completed. Not brain difficult – just difficult to maneuver the stitches in the way I needed in such small numbers.  After the increases I went into ‘automatic pilot’ and just knitted a few rows (circuits?) at a time between reading a book, watching tv, making tea, and listening to a podcast. They are coming on fairly well now, as you can see, and the instep increases have been completed. I’m a little worried about the heel turn because at the moment I’m not sure I have the brain capacity for that despite feeling a good deal better.

Going back to the podcast – am I the last person on the planet not to have heard of ‘Serial’  ? My daughter recommended it while she was here at Christmas and it seemed like a good ‘I don’t actually have to do anything and can still enjoy this’ activity. Hooked. I’m still uncertain if this is fact or fiction. Feel free to tell me if you know – it wont spoil it for me.

I have done some work on the brown trousers. Only the waistband and hem to be completed now. The fabric has turned out to be much stretchier than I had anticipated so I am still dithering about what to use as interfacing to stabilise the waistband.

Thanks for all the suggestions as to what I could use the fabrics I showed in the last post for. There are some really good ideas there but, again, I am dithering about choices. I will let you know when I decide.

Before I leave you can anyone tell me when Vicks Vapour Rub became VapoRub? I’m sure it worked better when it was spelled properly.

24 Comments on “Now a sick sloth.”

  1. Sheila says:

    Love knitting socks two at a time. I use both ends of yarn cake at same time as saves dividing wool, therefore any left over is still continuous. Have fun and hope you feel better soon. Would send you some of our sunshine but it keeps escaping from can!!

  2. Rub it on the soles of your feet- amazingly, it stops you coughing at night. I have no idea why, but it worked for us!
    Cute socks- I wish I had the patience to knit more, but it’s too boring, and makes my hands ache…

  3. Chris says:

    I feel for you. I just got over spending 7 days in bed with the flu. (I’m not usually sick/weak for that long, but this one hit me hard, I guess.) Oh well, you have a good excuse to lay aorund and binge-watch your favorite tv series or binge-listen to whateve… Get well soon!

  4. sewruth says:

    There’s a lot of it about. Forget the Vicks, it’s hot whiskey you need! At least 3 for a good night’s sleep.

  5. Fadanista says:

    Just sent you an email, suggesting the sock onion thing – I hope you get better soon!

    • Just a nasty cold rather than real flu. Starting to feel better now after three days of glooming. A couple of alcohol assisted really good nights sleep have helped enormously. I will certainly check out the onion thing.

  6. Mike Eaton says:

    The Throat thing – sounds like my exciting Christmas – planned a quiet one but not that quiet, whatever it was it hit me the Saturday evening before the holiday and ran through to New Year – the good thing was the “absolutely necessary” hot toddy required each evening to help me sleep – every silver lining has a cloud around it or something like that! As for this Cereal thing, nope never heard of it myself, looking at the blurb just as well! Good luck with the recovery and all the rest of it x x

  7. So sorry to hear you’re poorly – and as for that Vicks thing, I so agree! Am knitting a 2nd sock righ now (ankle down) and I watched the video but my poor brain couldn’t cope with it….maybe I’ll take another look when I’ve finished this pair! Hope you’re better soon 🙂

  8. fabrickated says:

    Well I don’t know anything about socks. But I really enjoyed serial, which is fact not fiction. And there is a new one out now, so I will be listening to that. And if you have Netflix Making a Murder is in the same genre.

  9. Thimberlina says:

    Hope you’re over the worst. Did the vics on the feet work? It’s a new one to me too! I’ve never made socks, It’s always looked a bit tricky! 😃

    • I coughed less on the night I put the Vicks on my feet but was still woken a couple of times. Onions next?
      Socks aren’t as tricky as you think. I use a circular needle and toe up patterns. They are also a very portable project!

  10. Count me in with the crowd….had nasty cold all week. (Of course I’m a little late responding here) Forgot about toddies, that would have been nice. Have heard about Vicks on the feet, but didn’t try that either. I DO remember Vicks Vapour (Vapor here) Rub! And now I know why I don’t knit — yarns balls apparently jump into one’s cart of their own accord!!

    Hope you’re feeling all better by now. Looking forward to the brown trousers.

    • Hope you are feeling better now. The brown trousers are finished! All I need is to get them photographed and I will blighted.
      Yarn is tricky- quite likely to jump into an unsuspecting basket!(Or so I have told The Management).

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