Ta Dah! ‘Tonsillitis’ Socks

There’s always a story behind a pair of knitted socks….

For the last three months, in part due to the severe stress/difficulties alluded to in previous posts, I’ve found myself suffering with recurrent and severe tonsillitis. As soon as I recovered from one case, it would come straight back. It has twice led to hospitalisation with IV antibiotics, steroids and painkillers. Quite honestly, I’ve never felt so unwell but the good news is that I’ll be undergoing a tonsillectomy soon and the tonsils won’t be around for much longer.

This pair of socks was cast on whilst I was lying in a hospital bed, slowly starting to feel better as the drugs snaked through my bloodstream. I am quite proud of the fact I managed to knit with an IV in my arm that required it to be kept straight. The nurses were impressed. Or maybe they thought I was a bit mad/delirious, I don’t know but working on these helped me to get through the night in a ward so noisy that sleep was nigh on impossible.

Plain stockinette stitch. Heel flap. An easy, reliable classic.


The yarn  is Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Mexiko in shade 9072. Found in the depths of my deepest, darkest sock stash following a rash purchase inspired by a pair knitted by the Yarn Harlot.

A man’s UK size 11+, they’ve been given to the guy I’m dating: The South African (referred to as TFA from now on). He looked very confused when I presented him – bursting with knitterly pride – a pair of handknitted socks on one of the hottest weeks of the year, but he eventually came to it when I reminded him that an English summer is soon over. He gets bonus points for approving the colourfulness.

How has Monday been for you?

I’ve got to say that I’m very glad the day is over, and to be sat here working on (yet another) another pair of socks with a glass of wine in my hands. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been working for: Mondays do not get any easier….


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