What was that mailman’s name on Mr. Rogers? The one who rode around on his bicycle saying “Speedy Delivery! Speedy Delivery!”
Today was mail here, mail there day. And since it’s “link up with knitting and reading at Ginny’s” day that all works out just fine.
Danny was home sick today, his chemistries were all wrong and he felt bad, and I was post chemo day one and totally wiped from the whole bone scan and radiology experience, so we rested. all day.
except for (the closest thing I did to actually knitting today) rinsing out some cotton yarn I’ve been dyeing for a creativity project for an online workshop. I really, really don’t like dyeing cotton as much as wool or silk, the dye doesn’t totally exhaust and it seems so unpredictable to me… maybe it’s my inexperience, I don’t know….
But speaking of online knitting, I have officially committed to putting together a tutorial on my
prayer socks with hardly any purling….
starting with the hemmed top, which I think is the niftiest part of the whole thing. I started doing photos when I was making a pair of socks that I shipped to another cancer friend the other day. Sneak preview – here is why I love hemmed top socks. The hardest part of most sock patterns, I think, is the top edge, whether you make them top down or toe up. Casting on or binding off so that it all holds together, never looks sloppy, but fits over the calf easily is a real challenge. Hemmed tops fix that. Look: Here is a regular sized sock, only 60 stitches around, and look how the top stretches:
And it bounces right back. So anyway, as soon as we finish the fundraiser for the Boroughs family (see DeHority Distraction BIG ) I will show you how I make my super-simple prayer socks. I promise.
Remember these? My Aunt Nancy got them in the mail, and says they fit just fine…
And Amy Boroughs put her socks that came in her mail on facebook, too.
So I was sitting around looking at the photos of these socks on facebook, thinking how cool it is that you can put something in a package here in NC and it can get to MI or NJ in just a day or two, when my mailman rang my doorbell with presents for ME!!!
This prayer shawl comes with a story. Right after i was first diagnosed with cancer, several of the world’s most important sock knitter people decided to put together a Sock Summit. To bring the world’s experts on design, spinning, yarn, etc all together for an amazing convention. So of course I got to go, and had the best. time. ever. I stayed with my friend Kelley Petkun, and had amazing classes, and made some new friends, too. One of them was Michele Bernstein, we bonded over special yarn for a Cat Bordhi class and Sox Sticks (world’s fanciest knitting needles 🙂 We’ve kept up through the knitting bloggy world, and she even found a photo of us together from ages ago:
I can’t believe how different I looked then… sigh. Michelle looks even younger now, and has really grown her design business… Here is her Ravelry page for the shawl pattern she knit for me…. it’s a great, asymmetrical pattern, I love the ruffle, love that the solid part isn’t actually solid, love the interplay between the colors and the textures…. AND it’s cute and hangs well without any fussing or pinning or adjusting at all.
So I need to get back to knitting, since all my done socks went out in the mail… “Speedy Delivery, Speedy Delivery!!” Enable -mail was also on the way today. Wanda sent me knitting bags…
I wasn’t going to tell you this part yet, but the results of my bone scans were icky. Really icky. So my knitting and I will probably be doing lots of going places in the near future… not sure if it’s to new chemo or radiation or to a clinical trial in Chapel Hill, but I am all set with a sock bag and a big project bag. No more stuffing my work in my purse only to get it all stuck in the zipper and destroying a chunk of yarn…..
And what will go first into my sock bag? Colourmart Cashmere, of course. You know about my friends Susan Ralph and Richard Lawn that we went to see in England… well, they sent some treasures… 100 % pure cashmere sock yarn for me, and British candies for certain other people who live here….
Why bother with socks when you can eat Kinder Eggs???
So there you go, knitting in mail, here and there… with extras besides. I’ll fill you in more when I know more about the bad bone scan results… meanwhile I’m just trying not to get totally overwhelmed with grief… too busy planning things for DeHority Distraction BIG to let it slow me down too much….
Love and hugs, esd