I am afraid life got in the way of the blog for a bit, but I'm back.
I wish I were like Crazy Aunt Purl - blogging would make good therapy.
But it doesn't help much with pain. Especially pain that shoots down the right arm. I ignored it until it became somewhat unbearable. I thought it was some kind of repetitive stress thing, but NO...it was SHINGLES. That's right - the old chicken pox virus that apparently lives on in our spinal columns for years and strikes again when you least expect it. It initially presents in the form of a pox like rash, but I am full of all kinds of skin stuff so another rash did not trigger anything suspicious. Then pain comes and it feels like a toothache in your nerve endings. It was awful. It is better now. I am back.
First things first - MY SOCKPAL SOCKS ARRIVED!
(Those pet hairs on the toes are thanks to the matching pets, who are blowing their coats big time right now)
They are a lovely pink/purple variegated merino using Sockbug's "Lava Flow" pattern. Thank you thank you thank you, Abby (reluctantmango) for my new favorite socks. They fit so well, that I just ripped back a pair I was making myself because these remind me that I have a tendency to make my socks too short and these are PERFECTO!
In other Sockapaloooza news, Suzanne got my sock package as well so my first swap worked really well.
There has been some knitting going on between the pain (and sometimes during...it didn't make it any worse). The Louisa Harding Glisten wrap became a large scarf - that stuff is so hard to knit, plus it becomes totally coiled and has to be unspun once every two rows. I followed Alison's advice and kept a rubber band around the ball. I can't believe she made an entire sweater from this stuff. I will add it to FO's later this week.
I also have CeCe done up to the beginning of the v-neck. I am using Calmer and am loving the feel and the drape. This is the perfect summer sweater for me since I have lots of sleeveless things and never want to show my arms.