You may recall they started out like this:
The first sock went pretty quickly, and soon I'd started the second.
The second sock zipped along - mainly due to the fact that I needed something to occupy my mind over the past week, and knitting fit the bill. Since these were just plain vanilla socks, they were a perfect project. And I think the finished pair look great.
Project: Socks for Brian
Pattern: Classic Socks for the Family, with a 2 x 2 rib on the cuff, 3 x 1 rib on the leg, and an Eye of Partridge heel
Yarn: fiberstory FAVE sock, in the colorway Tranquil; the toes are Knitted Wit Gumball in the Cranberry Bog colorway
Needles: US size 1
Notes: This turned out to be a wonderful project on several levels. I actually bought this yarn, because since I don't know Brian that well, I wasn't sure if he would like bright or wild socks, and that is most of the sock yarn I own. When I saw this color, I not only liked it, but the name of the colorway - Tranquil - seemed perfect for him, since hopefully his life and health will be more tranquil once the transplant happens.
The yarn is so lovely - tonal, and so incredibly lofty and soft to work with. It takes a pattern really well, and I can imagine that a textured pattern would look great using this. I was a little bit nervous that I would not have enough yarn for both socks, since the yardage is slightly less than I'm used to, so I decided to jazz them up with a different color toe. The Knitted Wit Gumball in Cranberry Bog seemed like a good combination, and I love the way they turned out. (As it turns out, I would have had enough of the other yarn, but I didn't want to agonize since these were a gift, and I wanted them to be an enjoyable project for me).
I took these with me when we went home over the Memorial Day weekend, to add in some extra good juju. While we were there, I showed my niece Amanda and her husband Patrick how they were coming along, since they are the ones who are really good friends with Brian and his wife Nancy. Then I had the brilliant idea to have them knit a few stitches, for even better juju. So Amanda knit about five stitches, and Pat did three stitches. They were both nervous and worried that they would mess them up, but both of them did just fine, and I think they were surprised that it "worked." There are some thoughts and prayers of Jack included as well.
I figure with all the goodwill and good thoughts in these socks, Brian's recovery should be smooth and hopefully without issues. :-)
If you are reading this, you've made it through another week. We don't have any plans for the weekend, which is fine, since we are still taking it one day at a time. I hope that whatever you have planned - or however you decide to just relax - makes your weekend a good one!