10 February 2017

Cold Weather, Warm Feet, Another FO

Well, after it being 60+ degrees on Wednesday, then an snow/slush storm yesterday, today is just plain cold!  But cold and sunny, and FRIDAY, so I'm not complaining.  I had my return visit to the dr today to get x-rays on my ankle to see how/if it is healing, and got good news!  She said it's healing really well, and that I can use one crutch now instead of two, and that I should start regularly putting more weight on it.  She also said that before I go back to see her in another four weeks, she wants me to take the walking cast off every few days and do some basic range of motion exercises.  HOORAY for good news!

As I was waiting for a taxi to take me to my appt, I did think about how my right foot was extra cold, due to the low temperatures, but also due to the fact that the walking cast is open at the toe. I had on a pair of Smartwool socks that are cozy, but standing still while waiting meant that I really felt the cold. you know?

I hate it when my feet are cold, which is why I  am always wearing slippers and socks around the house.  I think that whenever I get to wear my latest FO, my feet will be nice and cozy!

(with the cuff folded)

Here are the second pair of socks I've finished for by Box o' Socks!   As it turns out, it's a good thing I'm only doing this on my own, and not "officially" because I'd be disappointed that I couldn't count these towards the goal of 12 socks for the year.  I took a look at the Ravelry group, and one of the requirements is that all socks for official KAL be fingering or sock weight.  But since I'm doing my own thing, these definitely count!

Project:  Winter Berry Socks
Pattern:  Wisconsin Winter Socks, by Carol Anderson and Kristi Williams
Yarns:  Lorna's Laces in the Mixed Berries colorway - Shepherd Sock Multi and Shepherd Worsted Multi (one strand of each held together for each sock)
Needles:  US 5 (cuffs) and 8 (rest of the socks)
Modifications:  None
Notes:  The resulting socks are cozy, comfy, and it's great to have a nice pair of warm knee socks included in my box for 2018.  The yarns were both great work with, no knots, uneveness, or other things that can make it annoying.  But as I've mentioned before, I absolutely HATED this pattern!  It was written in a faux folksy, chatty tone that made simple directions seem way more complicated than they were or needed to be.  I know this is a popular pattern, so maybe I'm the only one who thought it was faux folksy, or who is driven nuts by that, but as soon as I finished the second sock, I put the pattern booklet right into the recycling bin, because to use a popular expression, "Ain't nobody got time for that."

It's been a while since I used worsted weight yarn to make a pair of socks, and I forgot how quickly they go, so that was a bonus!

(with the cuffs up)

In the end. I am really happy with these, and they are safely tucked away in Bridget's Box o' Socks.  I am so glad I'm doing this because I know next January when I open a box of new socks waiting for me, it will make me all kinds of happy.

Now it's time to decide what's next.  Definitely another pair of socks, and something else ... specifics to be determined.

Are you up to anything interesting this weekend?  The Tim is working on Sunday, but tomorrow we may venture to a nearby Kohl's since we have a coupon and we need some new towels.  That will be an exciting outing for me, and a chance to get out and do something other than go to and from dr appts and work.  You know you're jealous of my thrilling plans, right???

Have a good one!


sprite said...

Hey, I was so excited about a trip to TJ Maxx this week that I texted my mother to tell her all about my new bras, so I'm right there with you!

Kym said...

Sometimes a low-key weekend is just the ticket! (Plus -- new towels!) So glad you received good news from the doctor -- you're definitely moving right along with your healing. I'm sort of on the opposite end of the spectrum from you when it comes to feet. I can't stand socks and shoes! I go barefoot pretty much all the time - even in the winter (in the house). I do put on a nice pair of slippers when I just can't stand my ice-cube feet any longer --- but they don't usually stay on for long. :-) (My mom used to be just exasperated with me as a child. I was ALWAYS leaving my shoes and socks . . . somewhere.)

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Nice socks! Those will be super cozy!

Araignee said...

I got to shop in a Krogers in Ohio tonight at 10. Big night out for me!

Judy S. said...

Love those socks; they look so cozy, and the color is great. Being raised in WI, I was all set to check out this pattern until you said you hated it! I'll bet they did go fast compared to the way fingering yarn creeps along. It is always so hard for me to do that second sock...... Glad to hear you are mending well.

Lydia said...

Yea to cozy socks! Great news to hear you are healing nicely.

Vera said...

So glad you had a good Dr visit! And your socks are beautiful. I would like to try socks with heavier yarn and larger needles. We are headed to Bed Bath and Beyond shortly...we need towels too and a few other things. So exciting...

Anonymous said...

Your new socks look very nice.

This was our "friends" weekend. Before we left Orlando we had dinner with one couple and then today we drove down to St. Augustine to have lunch with another couple.

It's been a GOOD weekend so far.

handmade by amalia said...

I like your socks. I wear two pairs all winter long, my feet are always cold. I just know that it means that I have a very warm heart :-)

Anonymous said...

I also hate faux folksy instructions. That is why I cannot stomach Cat Bordhi who everyone else seems to love. Love the thick socks, though. I need to just get some Aran yarn and my sock book and go for it.

Mereknits said...

Great news about your ankle and great socks my friend. Gentle on that ROM, a little at a time.

Nance said...

Lots of Progress all around. Good for you. I love shopping for towels; I am that Boring. Add rugs or curtains or bedlinens, and get me all excited!

AsKatKnits said...

Yay for good news!! I am hoping those 4 weeks just breeze by and you are walking cast free soon! XO

kathy b said...

Thrilled you are healing well! Love the socks