08 October 2018

FO: Blackbird Socks

Hello!  The beauty of the Internet is that you don't have to listen to me coughing and hacking while trying to type this - trust me, you should appreciate it.  :-)  I'm feeling better, and will be back at work tomorrow.  My dr said that in a perfect world, it would be good to stay put for another week, but she understands my situation, and said just to do the minimum (so I don't get fired!) and go home if I am really struggling.  I'm at home today because we are off for Columbus Day.  Regardless of how you feel about Christopher Columbus, I am grateful every year for a day off.  I guess that's a perfect case of situational ethics.

But I digress.  I am more than grateful for all of your kind words wishing me well.  It's always so nice to know others are thinking of you and giving you a virtual hug. 

Moving on, it's time for an FO post - hooray!!

You may remember this post, where I discussed making a pair of socks for my brother-in-law Patrick on the upcoming occasion of his 70th birthday.  Well, my sister is also turning 70 years old this year, and so she needed an appropriate pair of socks to mark the occasion too.

Project:  Blackbird Socks
Pattern:  Classic Socks for the Family (my go-to vanilla sock pattern)
Yarn:  Must Stash Yarn Must Match Sock Yarn, The White Album, Disc B colorway
Needles:  US size 1
Modifications:  None
Notes:  Another good one from Must Stash Yarns!  I just did a 2 x 2 ribbed cuff, and then 3 x 1 ribbing for the entire sock.  These went quickly, because of course, I kept wanting to see what happened next.  And this particular yarn colorway was an obvious choice because the White Album was not just amazing, but the song "Julia" inspired the name of one of my nieces.  I call these Blackbird Socks because that's one of the songs on Disc B, and the light gray, dark gray, black stripes made me think of a blackbird in the dead of night - a different "color" depending on where and when you see or hear one, and how much lighting you do or do not have.

I can't wait to send both of these pairs of socks along to the respective recipients.  I'm also going to send a couple of hats to my sister, who recently finished chemo and has requested some soft but cozy hats. 

Even though opening the packages is bound to lead to more "Why Didn't We Go To Woodstock/To See the Beatles," etc. conversations ... ;-)


Bonny said...

I'm glad you are feeling better, and well enough that you could finish those great socks. Your family is lucky to receive such lovely and meaningful knitted gifts!

Tired Teacher said...

Pneumonia is tough to shake, so rest whenever you can. The socks are superb. I love plain vanilla socks and knit them almost exclusively.

Anonymous said...

They turned out great. I'm sure your sister will enjoy having snuggly warm feet as well as a snuggly warm head.

Hope you continue to feel better. Regardless of who Christoper Colombus REALLY was ... a day off is NEVER a bad thing.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I'm glad you're on the mend, even if you're not back to 100%. It's nice to have even a modicum of improvement when you've been sick for that amount of time.
Love the socks. Blackbird is one of my favourite Beatles songs.

Kym said...

LOVE those stripes! :-) I'm so sorry you're still not feeling quite up to par, Bridget. I hate lingering coughs. Please be gentle with yourself. XO

Araignee said...

I love those stripey socks and I love that they are named for the Beatles album. That is so clever.

kathy b said...

Your socks are really pretty. I never think of white stripes with hand knit socks, but they are lovely.
Hope you feel better very soon

Nance said...

Great post, especially from someone who is still not feeling up to par! Your family will appreciate such lovely and thoughtful handknits, too, for their gifts.

Jeannie Gray Knits said...

Glad you are feeling better, just don't over-do it. Love the socks!

AsKatKnits said...

Those socks are so AWESOME! I am also so glad you are feeling better!

karen said...

love your socks and I'm so glad you are a bit better, bummer that you have to go back to work though, another week healing would be good for you.

KSD said...

In the round (which I can't do), on 1s (which I assiduously avoid), with matching stripes. . . And when sick! Amazing.

elns said...

I hope you are feeling better. Those socks are beautiful. I love the yarn. Thanks for the pattern reference. I am a vanilla sock knitter, but I'm getting set to knit some men's shoe sizes and could use a new reference! Wishing you well.