I finished the Tidal Wave socks this morning.
The only reason these took me six weeks to complete was that they were my on-the-go project, and I didn’t give them the attention they deserved. The instructions were clear and easy, and they worked up quickly, especially since the foot is worked in straight stockinette; only the leg has a pattern, and it’s an easy to remember eight-stitch, twelve-row repeat.
I’m not thrilled with the amount of pooling on the feet, but that’s a product of the yarn, not the pattern. The yarn tends to be a bit splitty, too. But it’s a ton of yardage for not an outrageous amount of money, so that’s good.
I’ve cast on for my next project, too: the Haiku sweater. Finishing it before I go back to work on Monday is too much to hope for, but I should be able to get a good jump on it, at least. The recipient’s birthday isn’t until early October, so I have some leeway, but I want to get it done quickly and roll right into Christmas knitting.
On the recovery front, I feel that I’m making progress. I can hold my son in my lap without wincing in pain at his every movement, which is good. I’ve stopped taking the painkillers, and am only slightly uncomfortable. The glue on most of the incisions is starting to look a little like remnant Band-Aid adhesive (you know, the sticky stuf that’s left after to take a Band-Aid off), which I’m taking as a good sign.
That belly-button incision, though. It looks like the wrath of God – all bruised and still a little swollen. I’m not sure, but I think the cut is midway down the indentation between your belly and your belly button proper; at least, the glue is all over the belly-button area. I have a lingering (hopefully irrational) terror that my belly button has been glued shut.
But things are getting better, slowly but surely.