Friday, November 7, 2008

Some Resting, Some Thinking, and Some Knitting

Today was a stay-at-home day. Since last Friday when the weather warmed up here, I've been miserable. I have allergy-induced asthma, and am allergic to whatever was trying to grow this week. It wasn't a bad asthma attack, but even a minor one is never fun - it wears you out trying to get enough oxygen in, and then there's all the glop you have to cough up out of your lungs at the tail end of an attack. TMI? Prolly - sorry.

I'm still on a high from the results of this historic Presidential election on Tuesday. As I cast my ballot for change early Tuesday morning, I realized it was going to be a very long day at the office. I got in and out in about a half an hour, and decided I'd just go in to work early. I left early, too - caught an "extra" train at 3:10 and was lucky to get a seat (sorry I didn't see you, Red). I curled up on the sofa to watch the returns, sometimes dozing, but was electrifyingly awakened somehow as McCain delivered his concession speak. He was gracious in defeat - and eloquent. It was a very good speech, and I wondered where that McCain had been throughout the campaign.

But finally, as a country we stood up and made it be known around the world that yes, we can. And boy, did we ever! My cousin Jessie was downtown at the rally in Grant Park. This was her first election and she was very excited. Jessie didn't have a ticket, so she watched it all from the North end of the park on the jumbotron, but she'll be able to tell her grandchildren that she was there on that historic night. She texted me at - at 12:30 in the morning - and said: "The Obama rally downtown was INCREDIBLE!!!"

If you grew up in my family, you didn't have much of a chance/choice about being political. From an early age we were all taught that what happens in government affects us all and that it was a privilege to participate. At various points in our lives we've been involved with politics somehow at some point - working on campaigns, running for office, raising money, being active in community government, and of course, voting.

And in the midst of all this excitement, lots of knitting and spinning has been happening, but because I had start-itis (which I'm still blaming on Knitterary ;-D), not much is finished yet - but here are my Spring Fling socks - all done! I did not carry the pattern down the foot, just popped one diamond in the middle.

And here's another Wendy Johnson pattern - this one is her Feather and Fan scarf. I'm knitting it with true fingering weight yarn, on size 4 needles. It's taking for-fricking-ever. But it's awfully pretty - makes me think of sunflowers every time I pick it up to work on it. This is superwash sock yarn from JWrayco in the Flowers on the Beach colorway. I started socks with this, but frogged them. This is very fine yarn, and I would have had to go down to 0's to get a nice firm fabric. Yikes!

I'm still stash-busting and it's making me happy! I finished spinning up 4 oz. of Mountain Colors Targhee roving, and switched back to the Cormo I was talking about months ago - it's time to finish that up, and then I'll spin the other 4 oz. of the Targhee and ply and finish that!

And here's an update on NaFi(nish)SweMo. It's kind of hard to see the cable work, although I did futz with the picture in PhotoShop to try to get the cable to stand out. As you'll recall, the back and the front ribbing was done during the summer (hence the "Fi" part of NaFi(nish)SweMo), and now I'm more than 2/3rds of the way up the front, which I think is pretty fast, since I started the body of this section on November 1st. Yay! Certainly I'll have the full body done this month, and there's real hope that I will get the sleeves done, too!

The temps have chilled down again here in Chicagoland - so I should be breathing normally very soon :-) No real plans this weekend - which is wonderful, actually :-D I'll be knitting and spinning, and hopefully not coughing so much, and just generally relaxing and being mellow - and in that spirit, here's one of my all-time favorite James Taylor songs. Enjoy :-)


candy t said...

We turned Indiana blue!! First time since 1964...yay!!

Hope you feel better. You should have a rescue inhaler for your asthma. Can be dangerous to be without one. I have asthma, too.

Kris said...

Holy Cannoli!

How funny that we were on the same train;) I hope you feel better soon.

Knitterary said...

Oh, sure. Blame me, why doncha.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must go cast on a new sock. ;)

(Hooray for blue Indiana, candy t!)