My mother recently underwent a surgical procedure that left my dad and I kicking around the hospital for the better part of 11 hours. The procedure was preventative in nature and went really well. She is sore and slowly on the mend albeit a little grumpy at the slowness of healing. I was a little nervous for her so I made sure to pack my knitting. (Full disclosure….I brought two whole sock projects “Just In Case” that I managed to finish the first set of socks).
To start the morning I finished the cuff of the first sock for my Dad’s 2019 Christmas Sock. And then I started working the afterthought heel. This is the second time I have knit this because my first attempt was WAY to big.
I averaged no less than three comments per hour on my knitting as other families rotated through the waiting room. All very positive and usually followed by compliments when I explained what I was doing. Some of the families were there for much more serious procedures than we were and I think (hope) that it gave them some comfort to be distracted for a minute or two. One woman just asked if she could watch because she found it calming.
By the time we grabbed lunch I had the first sock ready for kitchenering the heel. I neglected to bring my tool tin and therefore couldn’t finish the darn thing. So I left that on some spare needles and started the second sock. I also had like three coffees that day. I hope I didn’t blow my tension out of the water.
By the end of the day I was SORELY uncomfortable in the waiting room chairs. I had managed to snag my dad the one recliner in the room so he could put his feet up and take a rest. But I had managed to put six stripes into the foot of sock number two. I only have two more stripes and I will place the waste yarn for the heel.
I tucked away my knitting and headed home for my kiddos meanwhile my dad slept in a hospital recliner for three more nights. I think I might knit him a medal….
I hope your mum heals up soon!
Praying for a speedy recovery for both your mom and dad. Waiting is very difficult.
I hope your mum recovers well and quickly. Well done for having the forethought to back 2 projects. I’d probably not be that organised and then would have been twiddling my thumbs.
hugs to Mom. hope all turns out ok
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Glad all went well for your Mom and hope she heals up quickly and well! Good for you making such great use of your time 🙂 The socks are looking great!
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Hope your Mum is doing ok. I once had to spend a day in hospital having tests – there was a lot of sitting around involved – I was making costumes for my local theatre group pants at the time so I spent most of the day stitching pointy ears on elf hats. The hospital staff thought it was hilarious. It certainly passed the time!