While I was away, other than the plane ride, I hardly touched my knitting. This was partly because I was so busy, but I think it also had something to do with the fact that a holiday is a relatively stress-free time, and one of the times I knit the most is when I am stressed. I also knit when I am happy, or just have some spare moments in the day, but the biggy, the thing that drives me to the needles above all others, is the need to knit out my worries. I anticipate a fair amount of knitting will get done this week.
Alexandra was scheduled to have surgery later in October to repair the hole left from when she had a feeding tube. The surgery got pushed ahead to today, and she will be in the hospital until at least Thursday recovering. Worrying plus waiting time should equate to at least one pair of socks being finished before the week is over.
While I was away our family was subjected to another one of the "appliance benders" we go on every so often. The first thing to break was the dishwasher. It actually died before I left, but didn't get sorted out until well into my time away. It took the repairman four house calls to diagnose the problem, which turned out to be the same thing that had broken the last time it died. While waiting for it to get fixed the ice cube maker stopped working. Then the lawnmower died. The good news here was the ice cube maker mysteriously started working again. The bad news was the lawn mower didn't, and had to go to the repair shop. If I had been home to experience all this breakage first-hand I am sure way more knitting would have happened. Given the circumstances, I am happy to have missed out on that extra knitting time.
This past weekend was the big move from Calgary to Victoria for Karsten and Diana. They were scheduled to stay at our house on their way, and I was really looking forward to seeing both of them. Then on Friday Karsten called to say there had been a change of plans. Diana had a family medical emergency and needed to fly back to Montreal. This left Karsten to load up their vehicle, complete with their two cats, and drive here on his own.
Karsten's two cats and our cat Emily hated each other from the second they met. Emily was hissing, Karsten's cats were hissing, and it deteriorated from there. This proved to be unfortunate for Karsten, who got caught in the middle of one of Emily's rages. The cat hooked a claw deep into Karsten's finger, and at that point Karsten was also in a rage. (Have I mentioned that I've gotten quite a bit of knitting done since getting home from Korea?)
By the next morning, as he had rightly predicted the night before, his finger was infected. He is now on antibiotics. He was in better humour about the whole thing by this morning, and so I thought it was safe to make the observation that it seemed auspicious to me to be heading out to start his career as an infectious disease physician on antibiotics for a cat scratch. Judging from his reaction I think his humour needs to improve a bit more before he sees it from that angle.
I won't go into any of the other things that have helped these latest pair of socks fly off my needles. Suffice it to say I am really hoping the knitting production goes down markedly next week. Not because I don't love knitting. I do. I just would like the production to drop to the level it is at when my life setting is at "normal." These are knit with Simply Socks Poste Yarn, colourway Sedona Sunset.
Sorry for such a disjointed post, but this is what comes out when waiting for someone to get out of surgery. And now it is back to knitting...And waiting...