I really cannot blame the day’s polar vortex temperatures, by the time I sat down to knit my dexterity had more or less returned. With temperatures in the single digits, I had donned sweater, fur-lined boots, shawl wrapped around nose and face, knit cap, cozy cashmere gloves, and topped it off with a below the knee, fake-fur-lined-hood-up-and-snapped-in-place down parka in preparation for my walk to the end of the driveway to collect trash bins. The spouse, bless his heart, had put cut-up cardboard boxes not inside the recycling bin, or even between the bins, but on top of the bins where they could blow like dust in the wind. And blow they did, scattered across neighboring yards like giant dead leaves. The cashmere gloves that had seemed cozy while getting layered up were insufficient for gathering wet slushy boxes. The chill gripped my face and fingers. The thought that cardboard will eventually recycle itself did flicker across my mind–and I sincerely hope the ones in the pond eventually do–but having our address on many of the boxes would make us rather unpopular in the neighborhood were I to just leave them. Not an option.
With a newly lit fire roaring, a cup of hot tea consumed, and two hits of a rescue inhaler to offset the cold-induced asthma, I really cannot blame it on frozen digits. Stitches still fell off the ends of needles and, when I started the double wrapped slipped stitches I realized that my skill in picking up stitches was not equal to the task. I fixed one set of double wrapped stitches, poorly while lying to myself that I would never notice it in the finished work, and moved along even more carefully. Just as the sun was going down and the day darkened, snap. Another needle broke while knitting, dropping stitches everywhere. I put it down, walked away, and did the one thing any rational person would do: got online and ordered some unbreakable metal needles.
The next day I grabbed the set of Dreamz needles I had on hand, picked up the stitches, put aside my despair, and moved on. Happy to report that it has been going great, no dropped stitches, no broken needles, and the awkwardness is finally subsiding. I even got a rhythm going with the double wrapped slipped stitches. The rescue box arrived containing more of the lovely Lantern Moon Sock Sticks, the needles I have so handily been snapping to pieces. I had to admit, my top choice at the start was not the best choice for me. Shout out to Paradise Fibers, not only did they get these needles to me quickly, they were so nice about allowing me to return them. For all that shopping, I may have found just what I needed hidden in my own collection of needles.
More polar vortex days on the way, but I will be by the fire knitting around and around and around until I reach a heel, trying not to think about the specter of the second sock.