I must admit that of all the projects that I have on the needles right now, this is the last one I expected to have finished this week. I proudly present my finished pair of Fishbone Gansey.
I love them and they fit like a dream. And they really were the last thing on my to do list. These are not Christmas Knitting and in my head I was saving them for the my Nerd Wars December entry into the WIPS category as they would snag me some team spirit points. “Bored Now” is a quote from Evil Willow right before she goes completely off the rails of reality and also the name of the yarn. But clearly, submitting these in December is not going to happen, and I have no concerns about my ability to add a different WIP or two for team points.
These came to be finished because of my chosen career. I work with children. Over 60 in any given day. Most of them are under the age of 5. For those of you who don’t have children of your own or work with them you need to understand that while children are wonderful little critters and I love my job, they are also little compact vectors of illness and contagions. I go into work every day and am surrounded by tiny, highly concentrated plague carriers. I remember reading a study recently that stated the teachers come into contact with more germs on a daily basis then doctors and nurses do. Believe me, this is true.
Fairly certain that at this point you all can figure out that I was at home sick for a couple of day this week. (Feeling better now. Just a little trace of sniffles left over.) I knew the only thing I had the energy for was to sit on the futon and watch movies and knit something very, very simple. There had to be no counting rows, or picking up stitches. Cabling was out of the question and yarn overs were well beyond my mental focus. So on Wednesday, I picked the socks back up. The gusset shaping was almost finished and that left a foot worth of 3×1 ribbing. By the end of The Deathly Hallows Part One I was close to the toe. By the end of The Crazies I was putting the final touches on the Kitchener grafting as I was trying to figure out what to work on next. (Yes honey. I watched The Crazies again while knitting while I was sick. I know that’s a little twisted. And that’s why you love me right?) The next project was going to be Little J’s Christmas gift, but after three false starts I figured it was really trying to tell me not to knit it and I have found a better Super Secret gift for Little J.
So there you have it. I got sick and finished a pair of socks. Another project of my Year of Projects list and another pair of socks to add to the 26 pair plunge. (I’m just a tad concerned about my progress in that challenge. Once the Christmas knitting is finished there will have to be a lot of sock knitting happening.) But any progress is good progress. Now back to the Christmas Knitting.