Once again I find myself knitting under the influence. Thank goodness it's not illegal, because it's the only thing keeping me sane. My oral surgery on Friday went as well as one could hope. Although it certainly couldn't be classified as a good time, I was in and out in about 45 minutes. The oral surgeon was very, very good and I didn't even feel it when the tooth came out. He said the root on it was fractured, so there would have been no saving it. The aftermath has not been especially fun. He said lower molars are more painful than uppers and I can attest to that.
I've been alternating between two projects – Ylva for me:
and Ann Budd's Cambridge Jacket for Ben:
I ended up ordering some Cascade 220 from my LYS in a lovely (or is it handsome?) grey/chocolate tweed. I had forgotten how much I really like this yarn. It's just flowing from my needles. Good thing – my son has extremely long arms, so this is going to be a largish sweater (at least up and down). I'm happy to report that my knitting has not suffered too much from my drug induced comas, although I did have to rip out about 4 rows of Celtic knots and try again!
I finished a pair of socks – Cookie A's Summer Sox in Cascade Heritage:
I can't believe this only leaves me with three projects on the needles, Ivy's Christmas sweater, Ylva and the Cambridge Jacket. Of course, now I'm really feeling a little bereft without some lace going. I received my shipment of Fiddlesticks yarn and pattern:
But I'm trying to hang onto that for my road trip knitting. My goal is to knit up three shawls while on the road. Oh, didn't I mention? I caved and joined the 10 Shawls in 2010 group on Ravelry. I thought I was too far behind, but then realized I've already completed four; three on the road would put me up to 7, so I'd pretty much be right on track. So, in the meantime I am contemplating starting a Pi shawl to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Elizabeth Zimmerman's birth. Technically I should wait until tomorrow because that's her birthday, but Abby and the girls are coming up, so I'll be a little bit occupied. I have two skeins of Knit Picks Bare in my stash – not enough to finish the shawl, but since it's undyed the color match should be ok. If it's not I may consider dying it after I knit it. Nothing like living dangerously!! I'm sure EZ would approve.
This week I got the chance to see in action what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. Our dog Maggie gets a little grouchy around other dogs. We keep trying to socialize her and she'll usually come around after a little exposure. This week I made arrangements to meet my friend BeBe down at the beach with her two dogs, Maggie (a golden retriever) and Penny (a Brittany Spaniel). They are both very large dogs. When our Maggie saw them, she gave a growl and went running up to their Maggie. She raised up and with both of her little front paws gave Maggie a hard shove on the shoulder
. The other Maggie looked down at our Maggie very coolly as if to say, "What's your problem, pipsqueak?" Our Maggie sat back in surprise and immediately decided that discretion was the better part of valor. She was an absolute angel the rest of the walk and has decided that Penny and Maggie are ok. It was hilarious to see how far she backed down on her little display of bravado!
She does, however, approve of my sewing attempts. I made a bag to take with me on our road trip. I'm trying to decide whether to use it as my project bag and stuff if full of yarn or to stuff it full of clothes:
So far the yarn is ahead.