As any knitter or crocheter knows, illness or injury can provide a wonderful opportunity to work on our art without feeling guilty.
Recently a glass pitcher in which I was steeping hot tea (that eventually would have become iced tea), exploded. Just-boiled water covered me from my navel to my toes. Letting out a shriek that any steam engine would be proud to reproduce, I ran for the bathroom yelling for Thor to turn on the water. After standing in a very cool shower for 20 minutes, carefully peeling off my clothes and fearing the worst, I discovered I was lucky to escape with first degree (on my legs and feet) and second degree (on my stomach) burns.
So, I spent most of the following three uncomfortable days on the couch knitting. Here’s what I was working on: Granddaughter F’s birthday sweater, out of Dale’s “Falk” (machine washable 100% wool, 50g/106m) that two weeks ago I dyed “Hot Fuchsia” (though I think Bubblegum Pink better describes the color!).
I had a hard time finding buttons I liked. I decided on these little daisies; they give a nice “pop” on the sweater!
I didn’t quite finish the sweater; I have yet to seam the sleeves and attach to the body. I had to put aside my knitting to help Thor pack for our next move. You may have noticed that the sweater is atop a grey bin and there are a couple of moving boxes nearby.
But fiber artists know Eugene as home to the annual Black Sheep Gathering. This year’s gathering takes place June 22-24, 2014. It’s been many years since I last lived in Eugene, and one of the best aspects of living there is I can attend every day of this event!