Thanks to Tracy, I have been enjoying some perfect sock knitting. And, thanks to Tracy's hints about this pattern, it has been a breeze to knit.
The pattern is Primavera (a free one on the web - the yarn is Chameleon Colorworks Footsie)
Sock knitting is the best.
Sock knitting an easy pattern is even better.
Sock knitting an easy pattern that has one row of interest every 6th row is even better.
The perfect companion for a stressful week (and thus a bunch of it is done - soft smile)
Now I do not normally go for color blobs in sock yarn, but this one kind of "works", don't you think? My oldest daughter Erin said it reminds her of Easter eggs - and at first I thought it looked more like my iris.... but now, I'm thinkin' caterpillar.
I had hesitated when I first saw the color blobs appear, but then I saw something lovely over on WendyKnits site, and decided to carry on. She knit her socks out of yarn from the same hand dyers, and they turned out wonderful... so good inspiration has helped.
I have been completely grateful for such a portable, easy pattern this week - as it has been a bit of a stressful time. There's no need to go into all the details, but maybe I can paint a broad snapshot of my week: My youngest daughter, Kate (age 17) had another surgery for her Crohn's disease on April 4th. The surgery went incredibly well (or at least as well as abdominal surgery can possibly go) and she was home healing nicely.. when sunday night late, she began to have some problems with pain and swelling in her joints. By Monday morning, she was very swollen in her hands, feet and legs and went to see her MD. By afternoon, they had admitted her to the hospital via the ER, and had determined that she was having a tissue level allergic reaction to one of the medicines she had received during surgery 10 days prior.
Not a good situation.
It took them two days to get her stable, and to begin to decrease the amazing pain and swelling, and to have the painful skin rash begin to subside. All was improving, and she was released, only to have another flare up yesterday. What she had/has is a relatively rare thing called "serum sickness" - an extreme allergic reaction at the tissue level of the body. It will just have to run its course until all that medicine is out of her system.
She is stable now again,(on a fairly massive dose of steroids) and hopeful to get to go to prom tomorrow night. There was enjoyable, (and "normal" girl-talk with her today about how her dress will hide the rash on her back and legs (sorry Kate if I am embarrassing you)... I am grateful that she is able to go, and is improving. It is interesting to me that in the end, being able to talk with her about the "normal" stuff of life is what reduced me to tears.
So the very unusual situation about all of this, is that my 17 year old "baby girl", Kate, lives about 3500 miles away - with her Dad and StepMom, in Georgia. Some of you know this - some don't. It was a difficult decision, so many years ago, to allow her to move - yet the opportunities they have been able to provide her with have been worth it for Kate's future. Albeit difficult, it was the right choice for Kate.
As one who personally knows all about severe allergic reactions, and how fast anaphylactic shock can happen, I was already checking and booking potential flights when I first heard about what was happening... Fortunately, she was stabilized, and emergency flights were averted. Yet this stretched the very limits of my tolerance for "what is", to remain here in Washington. Logic speaks that I could have done nothing while there - yet the heart does not care.
I am grateful for the support of my dear friends through this - and thank you for the prayers sent out to my Kate. She is healing. She is growing (and so am I) and there will be prom tomorrow night.