A VERY Different Week
Any regular blog readers know how important this week is to me. And will probably be as surprised as I am at what a very different week I’m having.
A Very Different Week Than A Men’s Knitting Retreat Week
The short of it…I had to cancel my participation in the retreat this week due to a positive COVID test.
Having been über-careful in all our social dealings, I was pretty confident I would test negative, but despite all our care and precautions, I didn’t. Physically, I am doing quite well. Honestly, my allergy-like symptoms are so mild, I never would have tested for COVID had it not been for the retreat.
I attribute the mildness of my COVID case to vaccines and boosters. I’m very grateful to have taken advantage of all vaccine option, even though it didn’t prevent me from contracting the virus.
From an emotional perspective, it’s been quite a roller-coaster. At one moment I’m grateful that the Universe has finally pried my hands from the obsessive need to control something as big and unwieldy as a 40-guy retreat. Grateful that I have really supportive and caring guys in the group who can and will take over to make it an amazing event. Then the next moment, I’m a blubbering, sobbing, self-pitying mess.
Fortunately, the latter moment is much more rare. And very short-lived.
I will be in constant contact with Aaron, the back-up coordinator. And I’ll be participating virtually as much as I can, including leading the two workshops I had originally scheduled via Zoom.
I was able to finish both the garter-striped scarf and the new “surprise” project I had started last week.
I needed to supplement the scarf with a third color stripe since I didn’t have quite enough of the deep purple yarn, and it turned out perfectly fine. Not my favorite, but I’m sure it will sell and someone will love its subtle, rich colors. I also knit the “humungous” size of the NSF Designs Willie Warmer as a charity donation. I may have enough of this yarn to make the “large” size as well.
I also started on a new shawl.
This is the Anica Shawl by Alina Appasova. I’m using Uneek Fingering yarn by Urth in colorway 12 (or 3012) and it’s gorgeous so far. I usually don’t take photos on patterned fabric, but I loved how the sun highlighted it.
Here’s a photo on a more subtle background, and it’s still beautiful. No?