What’s the best way to recover from the flu? Why, a bout of pneumonia, of course! Damn, I’m tired of being sick. I do think it’s finally gone, but talk about leaving a person worn out! I haven’t had the energy to do much of anything for nearly three weeks now.
BUT! she says… I have gotten a few things accomplished while sitting around. I’ve knit at least a dozen cotton washcloths and handtowels, made quite a bit of progress on the nondescript socks (they’re for my brother, so they’re enormous and thus taking a long time), as much housework as I dared with lungs operating so far under the norm, and best of all, made lots of progress on my summer fieldwork research project.
Here are some of the cotton dishcloths I’ve made recently:
Here are the three handtowels I’ve knit so far on the machine:
Finally, here’s a cool racking pattern I did on the knitting machine. Racking is done with two beds of needles (main bed and ribber), changing the alignment between them every few rows to create zigzags. I’m not sure there’s even a way to do this in hand knitting, and if there is, it would undoubtedly be painstaking in comparison. Anyway, this is the front side (where the zigzag is only evident in the floaty bits between the strong ribs):
All of these are knit in cotton yarn salvaged from thrift shop sweaters. Got some hideous sweaters for between $1 and $3 each, unraveled them, and voila! Cotton yarn cheaper than I could buy it new.
That concludes this not-so-thrilling update.