I have received a generous outpouring of kindness and support this past week, both in the comments and via email. Thank you. It has really made a difference for me during a very difficult time to go onto the computer and read your thoughtful, friendly, and often funny comments. Your responses were welcome and much-needed.
Unfortunately I have no finished objects to show you. I had hoped to finish a sock this week, but a vicious stomach virus attacked me and I was literally unable to stand or sit up straight for two days. Knitting was not, for once, at the front of my mind. I did catch up on some great podcasts while I was laid up, among them Cast-On, Stash & Burn, and my new favorite, Craft Lit.
Heather Ordover does a wonderful job of combining literary discussion with her craft life, then plays a chapter or two from a classic novel each episode. Since I just started listening, I jumped in with the most recent book, Jekyll & Hyde. It’s fantastic! I’m almost certain that I would find the text a little dry if I were reading this myself, but the guy doing the reading has a deliciously wry British accent that punctuates this Gothic tale to perfection. The book seems to be wrapping up, and next will be The Scarlet Letter. This is turning into a wonderful way to be entertained while knitting, walking the dog, or cleaning house, while at the same time getting a brief education on some classic literature. Love it.
Now that I’m on the mend, I have been focusing my attention on finishing up the Queen of Beads socks from the STR sock club. I’m about halfway finished with the second sock and look forward to grafting that toe closed in a couple of days. Believe it or not, I have the opposite of Second Sock Syndrome right now, a syndrome in which I feel highly motivated to finish both pairs of socks I have lying around. Maybe it’s more of that urge to spring clean, start with a clean slate or something. Whatever it is, I’m giving in to the feeling and getting socks off the needles!