Blogtober 2021 : Day 18

Well, we’re on the downhill side of Blogtober now – 13 days to go and then what will we do with ourselves? 🤣

A flatlay of a half-knitted purple shawl curled around a yarn bowl containing the rest of the yarn.

Here’s my Blogtober shawl – I’m well on track to finish it before the end of the month – there are maybe four or five blocks of the pattern to go so perhaps 50 rows at the most.  The biggest number of stitches I’m likely to have is around 156 so the rows shouldn’t take me very long.  Although, having said that, I’ve not picked it up for a few days because I have noticed that I’ve started holding my left hand needle in a rather peculiar way and it’s made my elbow hurt.  The object of this exercise was to try out something new, not to break myself!  I decided I would leave it for a while, I’ve been doing the stretching exercises my osteopath gave me (there’s nothing wrong with my back but I go to see an osteopath every six months or so just to make sure it stays that way as I have a sedentary job) and I’m going to go back to it slowly to try to make sure that my posture and how I’m holding my needles is the most comfortable it can be.

I took the dog to the vet’s this afternoon to see the dermatologist – it’s been pouring with rain since just after we got back from our walk this morning so I really wasn’t looking forward to going out again – and it was another opportunity to do some more work on my Emergency Sock.  I got a bit enthusiastic with my rounds on Saturday and I’ve overshot where I needed to finish for the heel so I spent the time waiting for the vet taking the rounds back.

Christine is sitting in the boot of the car with her half-knitted pastel-coloured sock on her knee. She's wearing jeans and brown boots. A black dog is sitting next to her.

The dog has decided that he no longer wants to jump into the boot of the car (which is probably fair enough given his age) so he’s been sitting on the back seat but it occurred to me that he could get into the car that way and then if I put the seat down he could go through into the boot and we could sit together whilst we waited.  He likes to be able to see out of the back window and we both sit in the boot whilst we wait for Eva the vet to come out to us as we’re not allowed into the animal hospital to wait again yet.  The dog likes Eva, he always has a big grin and tail wag for her.

Today, unfortunately, the dog wasn’t so keen on Eva.  She’s a dermatologist and has been treating the dog for skin allergies and it looks as if he has an ear infection that’s part of the whole caboodle – he was less than impressed when she wanted to take samples and informed her so in a big barky voice and then sulked all the way home.  We also met a man who ran the lessons at the puppy school we went to when the dog was much smaller than he is today and he was there to say goodbye to his dog who we had known as well … it wasn’t the best visit.  Anyway, onwards and upwards.  The dog was mollified by a raw carrot when he got home and all seems to be well.

I must show you this too – whilst I was waiting for not so small daughter at school, I started the heel flap of my sock but realised I’d forgotten my DPNs.  I do get asked quite a lot if you can knit the heel flap on the short circular to save changing needles and the answer is yes, but it can get a bit fiddly later on.  If you’re an experienced sock knitter (or just fearless!) then do try it, but I didn’t use that method in my Sockalong tutorials as I wanted to make it as easy as possible for someone to succeed and “fiddly” doesn’t really fall into that category!

A partly-knitted sock on a short circular needle. The heel flap has been started and you can see the slip stitches in the fabric.

Those eagle-eyed readers amongst you will also have spotted the packet of Jakemans cough sweets … I can’t shift this cough at all so I’m open to all suggestions!

Right, I’m off for today … I’ve got hungry mouths to feed and the ironing to do before I get to sit down with my sock again so I need to get on with it!

I’ll see you tomorrow! xx


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