I can't believe this is happening. Remember back in April when I went through the dental nightmare? It's happening again! Actually, I don't think this time will be as bad. Last time there was some confusion as they thought they had caught the problem and did a root canal on a bicuspid. It turned out that I also had a molar that was abscessed, but since it was difficult to isolate the pain the dentist didn't realize I had two teeth involved. This time there is only one, the pain is easy to isolate and the x-ray clearly shows the abscess. After two days on antibiotic I've been able to go off the Vicodin, which absolutely wipes me out. It's hard for me to understand that people actually like to take that stuff! Since this is another third molar, I have an appointment on Monday for a consult with an oral surgeon to take it out. So I'm hoping this won't drag out for three weeks like the last episode.
I have been spinning like a crazy woman for the Tour de Fleece. My goal was to finish the yarn for Ben's sweater. I finished spinning the singles this morning, but don't think I will get to the plying until Monday. Ben, Abby and the girls are coming over today and tomorrow we have our annual Knitter's Picnic. I was a little worried that I might miss it because of my dental woes, but since I'm feeling so much better because of the antibiotics, I should be able to make it.
I've been working away on my bag of dish cloth cottons and last night finally put a finish to it. This type of knitting has filled the bill for me the past couple of weeks, but I am thoroughly tired of dish cloths now. At least I have a nice stack for personal use and for gifts:
Next up is to finish a pair of Cookie A. Summer Socks. These are a gift for a friend. I'm using Cascade Heritage sock yarn and I absolutely love it! It's so soft and it just seems to flow through your hands. After I've knit enough out of my sock stash to justify buying more yarn, I will definitely be getting more of this.
As for the next spinning project, I'm not sure what fiber I will be using, but it will be a project aiming for a two-ply fingering weight for a challenge our guild is doing. About once a year or so we do a challenge, with everyone knitting the same pattern. This year they've chosen the Gaia shawl. The original pattern calls for Noro sock yarn so you get the stripes. I haven't decided yet if I'll try to spin for the stripes, but since I'm one of the few spinners in my group, I will probably be the only one spinning for the challenge. Before I start, I need to install a new poly cord drive belt on my wheel. I've been wanting one to fit my wheel and Ashford just came out with it. The reviews are good – it's supposed to give more traction with less friction and make treadling easier. Can't wait to try it out, but I need to finish Ben's sweater yarn first. I don't want to install it now and risk messing up my tension and getting a whole 'nother kind of yarn.
I'm really itching to start another piece of lace. I can't believe I don't have any lace on the needles. Now that I am out of the dish cloth doldrums, I'm really tempted to start another Evenstar. But I don't know if I want such a large project at this point. I did break my yarn diet long enough to order a project for our road trip in September. This seemed like a good deal with the extra skein of yarn and will give me plenty to keep me occupied for a month on the road. Throw in enough for a few pairs of socks and I'll be set.
We had a great time with the girls today. We continue to be amazed that we get to see them so often and what wonderful little girls they are! Today's entertainment was lawn bowling. We didn't have the appropriate equipment, so we were forced to use girls instead: