It’s been a bit of a tricky summer here at Molecular Knitting. Although I was delighted a few weeks ago to learn that I do not have cancer, I do, however, need a six month course of hormone therapy to “retrain” parts of me that have gone astray in ways that cannot be allowed to safely continue. These parts do not seem very fond of the hormones, which is not surprising for the first couple of months, but it does make things rather tricky. Staying sane and finding even a little joy in life is more work than usual, and I am often tired, anxious and depressed. M takes excellent care of me, but I feel quite terrible when I see all the effort he goes to for so little success. But one month of the hormone therapy is nearly done, and the hormones will win in the end. However, all the see-sawing angst with the hormones and the pooling sock yarn of last Wednesday in the Mother Lode colorway, put me off the sock knitting for the past week. I knit a little tiny bit on Pete’s Chocolate Cherry socks, but not enough to merit a new photo. It was a knitting week for two things: mindless knitting and pretty knitting.
In the mindless knitting category, which is also rather pretty, I doubled the length of the Clarence Border Scarf from Victorian Lace Today that I’m knitting in Habu silk.
I am still undecided as to whether to keep this for myself or give it to M’s sister, who lives in Florida, where a lace silk scarf is about the only handknit she could use. I hesitate because M’s sister hates pink. I don’t think this yarn is really pink–I’d call it cranberry or light burgundy–but many of you have commented favorably on the lovely pink lace scarf I’m knitting. Do you think a hater of pink would like and wear this? The photo above is very color accurate on my computer.
In the pretty to knit department, I started a little project that I have been wanting to knit for a long time: Anne’s Delicato Mitts. Anne of Knitspot fame designs gorgeous handknits and writes excellent patterns. I am quite enamored of my screaming red mitts that I knit with her Fine Cabled Mitts pattern. I have her Evening Star Wrap pattern, that I hope to knit this autumn. I’m knitting the Delicato mitts in some Schaefer Anne I have in Silver Sage.
I’m almost done with the thumb gusset. I love thumb gussets for some reason, and Anne designs particularly nice ones.
This is the perfect project for me right now. The yarn is lovely to knit, the pattern is well written, and the design is lovely. I am enjoying knitting these immensely. Perhaps soon I will be able to return to sock knitting. Beth, a lover of the Mother Lode colorway, suggested either Feather and Fan or a slip stitch pattern to bring that yarn under control. Since my friend Nancy, for whom I am knitting these socks, likes solid knitted fabric, I think I may try the slipped-stitch rib from Sensational Knitted Socks. First though, a little more knitting on the mitts. Then the Mother Lode socks, and Loksins for me.