07 January 2008

Sick, yet not grumpy...

I had a bad case of either food poisoning or some gastrointestinal bug. Either way, the results were the same. That was Saturday. Today I more or less feel better - as long as I don't eat. So just some fruit and water.

Worse, I overknit, and was developing carpal tunnel syndrome - tingly fingers, glancing pain up my arm. But I had so much to knit! I still have a lot to knit, but I can't.

I finally finished my second square of the secret project. My favorite part of the process was that once it was big enough, it also functioned as a little blanket to keep me warm while I knit:

And I also made this sweater (my third of this pattern) for Max's new daughter:

I added a button hole to the pattern so I could use one of my lovely wooden buttons instead of beads, as the pattern suggests. I used Rowanspun Aran, so I only cast on 81 stitches, and then eyeballed it on proportions.

I wanted to make a little present for the new baby's older sister, but now I think I'll have to buy something. I wanted to make the pinwheel cape from the latest Vogue Knitting. I wanted to make myself some mermaid mittens. And some other stuff.

So my cure has been to read a lot - I'm almost done with Niall Ferguson's "Empire" about the rise and fall of the British empire. It's really good, but I've already forgotten the first half to make room for the second half, so when he makes references to people he mentioned in the first 150 pages I have to go back and reread. I have a book about Marco Polo that my sister gave me for Christmas that I'm really excited about reading. And I guess I can always read about knitting, even if I can't knit for a little while longer.

I've done a lot more wandering around too. Some photos from an East Village wander:

I should mention I didn't take them; Rog did.

I also spend more time just looking at stuff on Ravelry. And, not that I didn't know, but when I look at my projects all lined up like that, it's really brought home to me that I really only knit with mostly two colors: green and a rusty orange. Maybe I'll try to add some other colors to my palette this year.

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