Everybody’s either got it or had it and now I’ve got it too. Coming in to the flu game somewhat late, I seem to have the fully mutated version, sore throat verging on laryngitis, fever, aches and pains, stuffy head and running nose. Rats*
I’ve been knitting (and little else) for the past few days, even though I should be preparing to start the new TV series on Wednesday. The knitting news, as usual, is good and bad. Good news: I’ve finished the first Andalus Mitten and the cuff for the second. I cannot believe how much faster these knit when a girl uses both hands. This is clearly the purpose for which hands were intended by the Fair Isle Gods. Honestly, I LOVE stranded knitting. I could do this all day, everyday, and therefore, I’m not all that upset that the first Lotus Mitten will now need to be frogged and re-knit due to tension problems. Once I’ve finished with these, I’d like very much to work Mary Ann Stephens’ heavenly “Riverside Cowl”. Feeling as I do today, there simply cannot be enough warm stuff to tuck around an aching, scratchy throat.
And the bad news: Teddy’s Dog-Gone Sweater is taking much longer than I anticipated. I tried it on him several times during the process (as needles would allow) and at the three-quarters-done point, decided NO! This will not be comfy for my dog. So, swallowing hard with my very sore throat, I frogged it.
Teddy’s breed-that-shall-not-be-named makes for an extremely powerful and broad chest. I’d knitted a gusset in the front that needed to be wider and longer. The original pattern called for buttons up the side. Knowing Teddy as I do, I’m sure he’d never stand still, anticipating a walk, while I buttoned up the side of his sweater. (I’ve already bought the perfect buttons and may just add them as a little decor once the sweater is finished.) Instead, I decided to knit a ribbed belly band in the round. The pattern was simple enough to knit during Downton (how ’bout that surprise twist last night!?!) so I managed to get all but the rump portion done. If he ever gets out from under the covers, I’ll try to put it on him