27 June 2014

Still More Casting On Is Required

Still More Casting On Is Required
Still More Casting On Is Required

To be honest, the rate of knitting and generally making has gone downhill here at Truly Myrtle. I have been pulling out my knitting but it's not growing too much - just a row or two here and there.

This past couple of weeks has presented a few challenges that really needed me to be knitting something super simple. Instead of these very pretty pink socks with some of my newly hand-dyed yarn, I should have cast on a straightforward stockinette pair of socks, so I could knit and chat, or zone out a bit to the click clack of my needles.

I've had poorly kids around and managed to get a bit of their bug myself but mostly, my Dad hasn't been well. Sadly, after an initial stay in hospital and a few tests, we've just found out he has cancer. There will be more tests to figure out if it's spread and we're all feeling a bit shaken.

I'm not good at getting much done when I'm worried, especially things that require me to count, think, be very careful or follow a pattern. And since everything already on my needles includes lace or cables or both, I definitely need to start something new. 

So what to cast on? My new project has to be super simple, soft, warm and very lovely. With that in mind, I'm off to have a rummage in my stash for some sock yarn that'll make truly lovely vanilla socks. 


21 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear about your dad, Libby. :[ Hopefully it hasn't spread so much.

    That lilac sock looks beautiful so far, but I understand the need for a simple stockinette or ribbed sock. I've got the same sort of feeling working with my show-off socks. They turn out gorgeous, but finding a mistake and feeling the urge to rip back feels very counterproductive during a time when 'process-knitting' is the goal.

    Here's hoping for good health for your family to come. <3

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  2. That's never the news you want to hear, really hope it's treatable and that he can recover quickly.

    I'd recommend looking for a yarn with cashmere if you have it for vanilla socks; just gives that touch of luxury and even if you're not in the mood for knitting you can pat it. If you don't have any let me know, I'm sure I have something suitable.

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  3. Man I am so so sorry to hear your news. If you crochet, that can be something quick, small (modular) and mindless. Very best wishes for him, and you all xx

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  4. Oh Libby - I am so sorry to hear your news. I think vanilla socks in a truly gorgeous yarn should be the ticket. Hugs!

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  5. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. How awful. Fingers crossed for you all.

    xxx

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  6. I'm really sorry to read the news about your Dad, that's very tough on everyone. I hope they come up with some good treatment for him and that he makes a good recovery. Lots of love xxx

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  7. Sorry to read about your Dad. Hope the tests come back with good news and that he is treated quickly and makes a good recovery.

    A vanilla sock sounds like the perfect project *hugs*, be gentle with yourself

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  8. I'm sorry to hear that, big hugs and I hope he makes a good recovery. Maybe you could start a very simple blanket for him? If you did it in simple garter stitch or granny squares you could even get the kids involved in making a square or two and your other family members?

    In the meantime vanilla socks, preferably in something brightly coloured, are a good plan. Be kind to yourself xxx

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  9. Sorry to hear about your dad Libby! Praying things will be treatable and recovery goes well.
    How about some self striping? Simple and mindless yet fun with all of the colour changes.

    Hugs to you XXXX

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  10. I'm very sorry to hear about your father's diagnosis. I'm hoping for all of you that the next bit of news will be encouraging, and that there will be good options for treatment.

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  11. It's a shock isn't it. My Mum was diagnosed 2 years ago and we were scared silly. Thankfully an operation and Radiotherapy later she is doing well and back to being herself. Stay strong and make sure you take time to look after yourself too.

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  12. I'm sorry for your father'a diagnosis. I pray he'll have renewed health and wise counsel from doctors. I know the feeling of knitting to busy hands and minds. Even if I mess up on a comic acted design, I'm still grateful that I had a productive distraction during a stressful time. I like one commenter's idea of using an interesting or luxury yarn to make a vanilla pattern feel special.

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  13. Sorry to hear about your father. I'll keep you all in my thoughts. I like a nice garter stitch shawl in a wonderful yarn. Veera Valimaki has some beautiful ones that are great for picking up, putting down, working on a lot or a little, keeping your interest, and also allowing your mind to wander.

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  14. So sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. (((hugs)))

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  15. I am really sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  16. So sorry to hear about your Dad - fingers crossed it is not too bad. Try and enjoy your school holidays too.

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  17. So sorry to hear about your dad, I hope the doctors are able to help. Your sock knitting is beautiful.

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  18. Found your blog and am slightly humbled.... loving it

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  19. I was thinking about you yesterday and thinking I hadn't heard much from you recently, and now I read why! I am so sorry to read that cancer has found your family, its a bloody bastard! I will keep my fingers crossed tightly for you all that his cancer has not spread and is treatable, much love to you all as you deal with it xxxx It was actually while my Dad was sick with cancer that I re-found my knitting bug - stocking stitch is definitely a good idea though!

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  20. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I'm in a similar place with my mom. Soothing, simple, repetative knitting in luscious yarn is just what you need. Try Bugga (MCN blend) or anything by Blue Moon Fiber Arts-- those are always my go-tos.

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  21. So sorry your Dad is unwell. Wishing him well again pronto, with the minimum of medical intervention. My mother and mother-in-law have both fought there own cancer battles ... it's a beast but they beat it, may your Dad do the same x

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