I have another post I was going to release on Monday, but that plan got derailed. I have not been having a lot of good luck in my normal day to day. There was some of my accounts being hacked, a bit worse then some of my other accounts. I have had a few of my accounts compromised before and now it’s getting slowly worse. So I am taking the next step and getting everything secured as much as possible. If that wasn’t enough, Monday was not my day.
The worst of it happened on Monday, I was coming home from seeing my partner. There was some traffic and I was being diligent, cautious, and paying attention. I was almost at a stop, when I hear a noise. This noise is one you don’t want to hear, a loud screeching coming from behind me. Before I could look in my rear view mirror, I felt the impact. I think this is the hardest I have gotten hit. I am ok, just for the record, a little sore and bruised on my right hand. But in one piece and the same for the other driver, which I am glad they are ok too. They were pretty shaken up and we got through everything. Then I needed to get home, which was not going to be fun. I was about 30 minutes from home and needed to get there, the car was still running ok as far as I could tell. I pressed the bumper back into place and started driving. Not even five miles down the road (8km for those who use metric) I could hear the bumper grinding on the road. So I pulled over again and secured the bumper even more, that lasted about the same amount of time. I had an idea, a slightly crazy idea that only a knitter might think of. I had yarn with me and before you make any judgments, I knew I would have plenty of yarn for the project and it was a stronger sock yarn. I used some 75/25 Merino/Nylon yarn that I have been using to make another Vanilla is the new Black. I tied that bumper back down and prayed. It miraculously stayed for a good 10-15 miles (16-20 km) and then had the same issue. So I took that off, got it on again, and picked up some duct tape. I was able to get home safely and that car mostly in one piece.
Lets bring this into perspective, this yarn was not going to last for the whole 30 minutes on the freeway, holding that bumper in place. But it did a damn good job, given it’s circumstances and a testament to how strong that yarn is. That yarn is Stray Cat Sock yarn and I think it will hold up just fine to normal sock wear, which is it’s original intent. So with that being said, when the shop re-opens I think I will be buying more of their yarn, when the stash has shrunk a little more too. The first sock is done and the second is about halfway through the heel, getting close to having another pair of socks done.
That first sock is not blocked yet, but it is sitting on the foot model really nicely. The only thing I am not super happy with is that single line of grey right after the heel turn. I didn’t want to cut the yarn for that small little bit and I’m glad I didn’t, mostly. I don’t like how it pokes out as it is, mocking me that my color repeat was not perfect. Perfectionism is for someone who actually cares about it, right now I am not that person. I should be able to get the second sock done this week and then I need to figure out what is next. Maybe another pair of socks, I know how exciting that would be. But there is a skein of yarn I have been wanting to try for a bit now, maybe I’ll do that one in this pattern or in a more patterned sock.
Speaking of patterns, the Snood Barcelona is still going well, though a little slow. The effect of all of the short rows is quite stunning and I think it will be great when it’s done. I should have plenty of yarn to make it a decent sized cowl (famous last words).
No spinning to talk about at this moment, I haven’t dared try it after the accident. I’m having some discomfort in my hands that makes some tasks difficult. Knitting is ok, in short increments, but I am trying not to push that either. Maybe I’ll gently pull out the Lendrum and see if spinning is an option, knitting in this heat is becoming not that fun. Going to rest a bit before I try that, I should be back to normal again in a few days, I hope. I guess we will see what my doctor says, just as a just in case measure.