Well, my slight cold turned into a bacteria fiesta. After two weeks of off-and-on misery, I decided to brave the uncertainties — and vocabulary-related trials — of going to a German doctor. Surprisingly painless — and cheap! — I managed to anticipate a lot of communication problems, but, of course, forgot the most basic of things: converting my height and weight into metric measurements. Oh well. With a course of antibiotics now in my medicine cabinet, I hope to be well on my way to renewed health.
Which is a good thing because the semester started on Monday. So strange after a rather long academic hiatus to again have classes and meetings and that kind of thing. I am still searching for some kind of schedule that both reduces anxiety and produces work. A surprisingly difficult combination. Especially when I am continually questioning my own commitment to academe and the pursuit of the PhD. It’s a chicken-and-egg kind of problem: which came first, my dissatisfaction with academia or my seeming inability to be truly productive?
Until I have an answer, I knit.
Drops 103-1 collar
I’ve made it to the collar! As has happened before, the number of stitches I picked up bore no relation to the number suggested. It seems that while I went for a 1:1 approach, the pattern required something more like a 2:3 ratio (of picked-up stitches to neckline stitches). Oh well. I just left out the first set of increases and figured all will work out. I’d like to get the collar finished and the pieces seamed up today; a reasonable goal on a gray day when one has a cold. I’m not convinced about how the cheap-o yarn will wear, but hopefully the generous amount of acrylic will make it somewhat durable.
And look what I found at the department store (yes, the department store!):
Regia Kaffe Fassett sock yarn
I might have a problem, but I don’t want to talk about it. So stripy!
I also received my Rowan free gift:
all seasons cotton (framboise)
At first, I was disappointed with the color — a little too pinkter sphincter for my taste. But it’s been growing on me, especially after I saw a woman on the bus to the University with a scarf in a similar color, which she managed to make look not like an impending trip to the dentist because of tooth rot, but a reasonable garment worn by a woman in full control of her faculties. So we’ll see. I really like the yarn itself and am contemplating making another of the free project shawls in a lilac color for my mom (she-who-cannot-tolerate-wool).
Yarn aside, though, I have been disappointed with the Rowan international subscription/sign-up thing. I did it last year and only ever received one magazine (instead of the two paid for) and $55 is a bit steep for some kidsilk haze and one magazine. I tried again this year, hoping that the service in Europe might be a bit more reliable. Has anyone else had problems with this?