Sock-Free WIP it Wednesday

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.
VLT scarf progress 072407
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.
Delicato Mitt lace detail
I’m almost done with the thumb gusset. I love thumb gussets for some reason, and Anne designs particularly nice ones.
Delicato Mitt thumb gusset

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.

Happy Knitting!

21 thoughts on “Sock-Free WIP it Wednesday”

  • Oh, it is good you have M there to help you through your health challenges… I think I have a fair amount of very simple knitting of my own to look forward to in the not-too-distant future.

    Um… It REALLY looks pink on the blog. REALLY pink…

  • Congrats on the no-cancer situation. Best wishes for getting through the therapy! I hope the therapy-time passes very quickly for you and M. The knitting all looks very nice. I have to say if someone is not a pink person, the scarf may be an iffy proposition…

  • I am glad to hear that you are cancer free! I hope you and the hormones come to a happy agreement soon.

    The scarf is very pretty, but I think it might be too pink for someone who is not a fan, in my opinion.

    Have a great day! 🙂

  • It’s pink. Keep it for you. As a reminder of this time and in celebration of being cancer free! Yeah!
    Take gentle care of yourself, okay?

  • I’d say if you are in doubt about the color, keep it. It’s too beautiful not to be enjoyed completely. The mitts are very pretty too! 🙂 I do hope your medical stuff starts to even out for you soon too. Nothing like a little chemical madness to make even the best summer seem not so bright. Hugs!

  • Keep knitting the mitts! They are so pretty, and if it’s what you want to be knitting, then go to town!

    On my crappy monitor at the office, I’m sorry to report that the scarf does seem pink. Could you send the SIL a picture and ask if she thinks it’s a good gift for someone else? I’ve resorted to this deception in the past to see if a possible receipient likes an item. It’s fun when they open it later!

    Take care of yourself!

  • It’s always a good day to know you’re cancer free. I got similar (not cancer, other thing) news the other day too. Yay happy! Sorry about the other treatment though.

    It does look pink to me, too.

  • I think Jessica has good advice. It’s not very fun to work hard on something and then have the recipient not appreciate it!

    It’s also not very fun to be hormonally sick. I hope things get better as soon as possible!

  • Brenda- So sorry about your health problems- I totally understand where you’re coming from.
    Knit whatever makes you happy- that’s what it’s all about.
    Your sock mojo will return when the time is right.

  • It does look very pink. (But is that really a bad thing; you really should keep it 🙂

    And really glad to hear about your not having cancer, but sorry to hear that you’re having problems.

  • So sorry to hear about the hormone / body disagreement. I went through that a few years ago with a six month course of hormones. I felt so sorry for my kids and my husband, until things got in sync. Mine was more of a hormone/ emotion/and giant headache disagreement. I hope everything adjusts soon for you.
    I am in agreement with everyone else, on my monitor it looks pink. I say keep it for yourself.
    I love the mitts you are working on, very pretty.

  • I’m sorry the hormone therapy is making you feel bad. You shouldn’t let yourself feel horribly guilty that M is taking care of you. I’m sure you would do the same for him.

    The scarf looks quite lovely, but I would also call that pink. The mitts look absolutely gorgeous. The yarn colors are lovely and they look so soft.

  • I hope you’re feeling back to normal very soon. It’s awful trying to function when you feel like ick. Lovely knitting, though, especially the mitts!

  • It’s pink. Keep it. 😉

    I had no idea things were so iffy right now, medically speaking. Yikes! Though I’m so glad to hear it’s not the Big C.

    Hang in there. Knit pretty things. Read good books. This too will pass.

  • I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. That’s never a good time. Have you tried acupuncture? It’s good for many things and evening out roller coaster body rides is one of them.

  • I am very much anticipating the knitting of mitts. I need to finished a pair before starting some more though…I am glad that your cancer scare has been abated, I hope that the “retraining” goes well and doesn’t leave you too zapped. Take care of you!

  • Hormone therapy doesn’t sound easy at all. I’m glad M is very supportive. Best wishes for your health and a successful therapy. I totally agree with you on the sock yarn pooling…I’d have thrown them across the room and yelled expletives at the inanimate object (otherwise known as the desire of my heart, the object of my affection, the apple of my eye, aka sock knitting)

  • If she’s that serious of a pink hater, I don’t think she’d wear the scarf at all. 🙁 It’s lovely, though!

    I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well. I hope the hormone therapy works out for you. I know my own normal hormone fluctuations can be bad enough. If I were getting extra hormones I’ve afraid I might kill someone right through the phone! LOL Hugs.

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