Monday, April 6, 2009

A Personal Day

I'm not really feeling very well this morning. After I resigned from my sorority, I started this back-and-forth commute from Marshalltown to Ames - it's about 45 minutes, all in all, with parking and bus riding. This means that two days out of the week I get up at 5:30 am, and the other two I get up at 6:30 am. (I'm sure some of you are out there smirking, since this is a normal time for you to wake up, but I have discovered that I am not even close to being a morning person.)

After a relatively busy and sleepless weekend (foolish, foolish!), I feel quite utterly like complete crap this morning, and just wanted to crawl back into bed the whole time I was getting ready. My stomach, no doubt reacting to the up and down sleep schedule, is protesting with some general queasiness, and I decided that it might just be better to call into work and school and stay at home today. This means that in between doing laundry and sleeping there's a good chance I can actually get some knitting done! Hurrah! The only issue is that I don't really know what to knit at all.

"But you have four on the needles," you may say, glancing towards my sidebar with obvious disapproval. In fact, this is not the case. I have four, and they are on pairs of needles, but in fact, they are not of knitting satisfaction right now. The Shalom cardigan, which is lovely, requires some thinking. And I'm not really in the mood for thinking. The MalTravelers scarf is a continuing project you'll hear about when it's finished - and right now it's literally not in my hands, but travelling across the country to various people. My Vaila, which I was so terribly excited about, doesn't fit correctly and has to be modified for a top-down rather than bottom-up raglan. So it too, requires much too much thinking at the moment. The Noble Cowl? Lovely, made with some test yarn from Malabrigo - Silky Merino in test color Archangel, as is pictured above - but it's lace. Lace! What am I thinking?

I want to knit something useful but not difficult, something that won't give me a headache and isn't too simple... any ideas? What are your favorite patterns for early spring (with a winter chill, it's still cold out) that you'd like to recommend? 

As for today? I think I'll start my Coraline sweater - it's a lot of stockinette at the beginning, which makes it a good idea, for now.

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