Tuesday, 21 June 2011
this little piggy went to market...
I used 8 ply in what is really a rich dark green and 4mm needles with 66 stitches. It's quite long, son is 6'5" with feet made to carry that height. Not as big as Ian Thorpe's but a size 14 I think.
All a bit of guesswork really, because when I saw him, I forgot to measure how big the cast was around circumference. It looked as if the sock would fit but I found some very wide, strong elastic, turned over a hem and threaded elastic through. He says it's working fine. He can't put that foot to the ground for at least six weeks and is on elbow crutches. He also has a contraption especially manufactured for such times. It's a cross between an old fashioned scooter and a skateboard and bike. He rests the bad leg on it bent at knee, and propels himself with other foot pushing along the ground. It has a rest on it so he can keep foot up when he's sitting in a chair. The cast goes up to his knee and is quite heavy.
Hopefully this is the end of such surgery. This is the ankle that was mended years ago and which was torn apart again after Christmas when the already injured left ankle collapsed and he fell heavily on outside stairs. He always was accident prone as a boy, but has been fine for many years. He's still on strong painkillers, two types of morphine but hates them so weans himself off as soon as possible. Tramadol in particular makes him hot and itchy but he needs the relief right now.
I've done a few more of the small alligators from the post several down from this and tweaked the pattern to suit me, and I've just finished some little booties for a friend's grandson. They need ribbon or braid.