Flu of last week morphed into a sinus cold this week, energy and motivation were kept at bay. Searching for them daily only led to disappointment. Knitting sat idly in the lap as often as it was in the works. The worst part of being sick for so many days is the delusions you set for yourself are not met, not.even.close. Even so, there was knitting accomplished.
Friday night, during a long bout of insomnia, I worked on the secret project for the SLC SnB Grrls One Skein Swap for our anniversary party. There was a revisit of motivation and a simple, quick project seemed just the right thing to knit. Things didn't start out well and went to hell rather quickly, but for some reason a stubborn streak set in. It was a "set in cement" stubborn streak, and I couldn't back away. Knit, knit, knit, tink, tink, frrrooooog, restart...knit again. That's the way my hands worked for the next 5 hours and I never thought about stopping. From the vantage point of a few days, it's easy to see it was a flu induced mania, one best not to analyze too much. As it turned out I knit through the whole night...yep, until 5:00am (between loads of laundry and other duties), slept for one hour and never felt tired until 10:00pm that night. No wonder the flu morphed into a cold. In any case, by 4:00 that afternoon, 10 hours later, instead of 5, I had a finished project and found it very satisfying and enjoyable. I even learned a new technique...all will be revealed after the swap.
The next day, Sunday, I tackled the Logan River Wrap, which was only a few inches from completion. Everything went well with this project (oh, thank goddess, that something went well) and by Monday morning it was blocking in all its glory. I've been wearing this luscious wrap and its warm, soft fabric has been a comfort and kept the chill away. When the eyes aren't so bloodshot, and the nose is less red, we'll do a photo shoot for your pleasure. I learned many new things with this project, too. Short rows (I haven't been very good at them) YAY! Provisional cast on, hurray! Kitchenering! Huzzah! Okay, I did learn to Kitchener earlier this year, but it's still a thrill.
The one project I was most excited to finish, and share, was the Woolen Gloves by Véronik. It's the one project that, even with the desire to knit, I couldn't over come the lack of motivation. It's a wonder that one glove is finished, but no wonder that I love it unflaggingly. It's warm, soft, rich in color and blue-tiful. The yarn, Apple Laine, Apple Pie, is THE perfect yarn for elegant, warm gloves. The color (Royal Blue) is full of character, the wool/silk/mohair content has such a luscious sheen, and the yarn knits up smoothly and beautifully. It would be SO easy to buy one of every color! (But, I am going through the process of learning to do with less and must stick to it.) The yarn was a gift from Lisa and I can't thank her enough for the introduction. I have more colors in my stash, from a swap with Elizabeth, so, for now, I'm a happy camper.