I have been doing a lot of knitting lately and I am especially pleased with how this scarf is shaping up. I made a couple of silk scarves last year but really can't say I enjoyed wearing them. I've had this yarn ready to go for some time, but after the silk scarf disappointment, couldn't bring myself to cast on. The dye didn't take up evenly and I was really disappointed, but Amy said - trust me, it will make a much more interesting scarf because of that - and she's right. I really like the color variations.
These are the batts that I spun for the yarn. I dyed my 50/50 Ram-
bouillet/ Alpaca roving, then put in on Mim's Supercard with some bunny, so the yarn has a nice halo to it. You can see why I needed to overdye it. The first color was just too precious.
I treated my first week of retirement as though I were tent camping on vacation - lots of reading, morning dog walks, afternoon naps. The second week, I started thinking more like retirement and dyed two pounds of handspun for weaving. Last Friday was the first day I had driven my car in a week but I needed to run into town for some errands and pick up some things.
One of the things I picked up was a virus and by Sunday my throat was so sore I couldn't sleep through the night. Tuesday I gave up and went to my doctor for antibiotics because what I thought was a cold had moved into my chest. He told me that bodies react to good and bad stress the same way and that even though I'm happy to be retired, the exposure to virus and my stress made me vulnerable. I haven't been sick in at least four years and I have made up for that now. It's viral - drugs won't help, saith he - and he send me home. Rather, Ian drove me home. So, like I said, I've been doing a lot of knitting lately - and coughing and sleeping. The only good thing about it is that I don't have the worry of using sick leave or going back to work too soon.
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