Monday, April 12, 2010

A case of the "itis-es"

First, thanks for all your well wishes on my horrible state of health. I'm a little better today - the Nyquil really seemed to help. I think next time though, I'll take Zoom's advice and mix in a little gin - if I add my pain killers it will really be a party. Of course, my liver might decide to divorce me, but oh well - your liver isn't really one of the "pretty organs" is it?

Of course, this cold couldn't have hit at a worse time - not only has the weather warmed up, but my editor is also off on holidays, so I have twice the work to do and taking a day off is not an option.

I did manage to slide home early today, but that's only because I'll be pulling a 10 to 11 hour shift tomorrow. It's an early bed for me tonight. And, as long as I am better by the 26th, it's all good - because I start a new job on the 26th! (More on that later)

Now back to the subject the title was referring to. Apparently the cold has also lead to a leave of my senses and a serious case of startitis.

Yesterday, while laying on the couch and whining to Dave about how sick I was, I finally finished the first of his pair of socks:
(Why did I fall in love with a boy with such big feet?.... Oh yeah... now I remember...)

As I was finishing, I realized how quickly Father's Day was sneaking up on us. Considering how long Dave's first sock took, I figured I better set them aside and get working on Dad's F-day gift.

So I cast on for my Sagittarius pattern in Top Cat:The colour is "Snails". It's hard to see in the picture but it also has a touch of olivey green!

After completing two pattern repeats on the sock, I got itchy to work on something else. So I cast on for another shawl - and discovered apparently I have Zetoritis!Yup - another Zetor. I love the one I just cast off, but I'd like it all little bigger. This is the Starry that I decided wasn't working for socks, and it works much better for a shawl though it's still not that soft.

The skein has a little more yardage than our Top Cat, and I'm doing it on 5mm needles (instead of 4mm like the last one) so hopefully that will give me a slightly larger shawl.

And as if those itis-es weren't enough - I also have a case of pain-in-the-butt-itis:
I think it's his idea of a mouse hunt!


Kas said...

Wow your socks and other goodies look fabulous, I think it may inspire me to get on with some winter woolies for some friends.

Monika said...

I'm feeling startitis too some times. Hehe, your mouse hunter is cute, and way less bloody! :o)
New job? Didn't you just quit one?

lexa said...

Thanks for reminding me about Father's Day. I'll probably make my dad a pair of socks. He's the type that has everything, and anything he wants you could never afford to buy him. He likes his hand knit socks, though. Trouble is he knows what he is getting for all gift giving occasions!

Anonymous said...

Nice looking socks!

Very cute kitty too!

TheBlackSheep said...

Nice socks!

At least if kitty is chasing a computer mouse, he'l be staying out of your yarn stash!

Knatolee said...

Love that ever-so-helpful kitty!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Ah yes, the joy of the spring cold. I am quite familiar. I am the same with starting stuff - all kinds of stuff - so I can understand that. And well, of course that is a mouse hunt - whoever came up with the bright idea to call it a mouse is laughing at all cat owners now, I am convinced of it.

Knitting Linguist said...

That's a lot of -itises! I sympathize with the large feet issue (and understand the benefits); Rick's a size 13. As he also has the wingspan of a condor, socks are still a better bet than sweaters, though...

RobinH said...

Ooh, pretty socks! Sorry to hear you've been ill. It's never fun, but especially annoying when the weather's just turned nice!

(Love the cat photos. I'm really missing having a cat.)