And today it was Butzbach retiring their flag. Outdoors on a beautiful day, the clinic is located in Roman Way housing area. The clnic will actually cease operations end of June or so, but the commander and his family fly tomorrow. Since the PAO took only a few shots and I took a lot, I promised to send off a disk.
According to the Public Affairs officer for the area, there are two deactivation ceremonies a day on the line unit side for the next couple of weeks. The whole area will be Ammie Frei by August.
Besides riding with great people who actually have a sense of humor, the trip offered me almost 90 minutes each way of knitting time. That little bit of cuff turned into most of a sock, with little less than half the foot to go. I started the small size with 2,75 needles, then dropped down to 2,5mm when I hit the heel. The pattern is a really fun knit. Normally not a yellow or green person at all, I had this yarn in the stash. It just said “Spring leaves” to me.
And then there is Shadow sock. I did the grafting. And if anyone is afraid of grafting, you will be a pro after doing 85 stitches (half of which had to be done in alternating knit and purl sections.
From there, I picked up around the end and added in the toe, once again experiencing the thrill of grafting the end closed.
Then, a partial sock, and an after thought heel. Und noch mal…
And, as I am sure you noticed, I was running short of needles in the right size (due to MayDay on needles). This reminded me of how much I do not like to knit socks on circulars. The cord just drives me nuts. I know that it has some really great points, but just not my thing. Once I finished up the picot bind off, I had the first sock done.
It fits fine.It was interesting to knit, but really fiddly. Lots of interupts on one of the colours meant numerous ends to be woven in. And I really don’t like afterthought heels. Now I have to decide among several choices: do I knit the second sock by the pattern anyway, or make a completely fraternal sock by changing the pattern to horizontal (allowing me to knit it in the round – I will just have to fiddle the foot), or do I still make the stripes vertical but knit in the round which means a faux fairisle and floats on the inside. I weighed the yarn and have enough for any of the options.