Sunday, September 30, 2007

Lost Weekend, Invisible Knitting And Missing Pictures

Due to the dentist and booster shot appointments on Friday, I actually ended up with a three day weekend. Since sleep has been lacking of late, this was a welcome situation. Three whole days of weekend-y bliss and all the time in the world to do whatever my Sheepy little heart might desire. Can one ask for more, really?

However the addition of a codeine-based cough medication to the mix, sort of took a three day weekend and turned it into something of a montage. There is a series of images imprinted upon my addled brain that seems to indicate activity. But I have no real idea of such crucial things as "sequence" or "real time." It's all lost to the breezy, happy feeling brought about by prescription cough medicine. My weekend is now reduced to a slide show. Not unlike the 80's...

I know that I visited with The World's Greatest Stylist because I am now a blonde and I seem to recall that, on Friday, I had something of a punk rock, reverse-skunk thing going on with my hair. See how I pick up on those little clues? I'm a regular Sherlock Holmes!

I do believe that I had the beginnings of a shawl for a brief period there. But, then it went away. Now, on this snapshot of The Lost Weekend, I seem to have a bit more recall. It would be hard to forget coming to the row where you have to do a couple of yarnovers and stuff, knitting that row, tinking it and re-knitting it forty or fifty times. The shawl is comprised of only four repeating rows and two of those are the ones where you do some simple, fiddly little things in order to make the magic happen. And every bloody one of them was knit at least twice. Clearly, I was doing something wrong... It took me the better part of a day to catch on, but there was this one yarnover that was pretty forgettable. And forget it, I did. Many, many times. By last night, the constant tinking had resulted in a few dropped stitches. The next thing I knew, the Invisibility Shawl was invisible for real. Nothing remained but a few bitter memories and a desire for more cough syrup.

Suddenly, though, it is back. This shawl is, after all, from Charmed Knits and one should expect magical sorts of behavior from a Harry Potter inspired pattern. This time it is the smaller version so that any tinking will require less of a journey back to the starting point. But, as of this writing, things have gone more smoothly. At least I think it has. One can't really be sure what with all the fading in and out. But, I haven't found it lying in a yarn puddle across the room from my knitting spot during any of my more lucid moments and this is usually a pretty good sign.

I also seem to have a couple of new stitch markers. It seems that I became rather crafty whilst under the influence and fulfilled my need for a two slightly larger markers. They are really rather pretty. So much so that I even took a picture in order that the blogging world might also bask in their beauty.

Here is where that picture would be if Blogger was accepting imagery at the moment. Apparently it is also taking narcotic cough medication and unable to function on all cylinders this weekend.
Blogger is usually quite good about pictures, at least as far as I'm concerned. I'm not going to go all Blogger Hater on it. We all have off-days, right? Maybe tomorrow I can impress you with my mad beading skills.
Basically, the last few days seem to have been almost, maybe, sort of productive. Although I can't, for the life of me, describe any of it in any real detail. This is not so much like the 80's where my tag line seemed to be, "Well, I certainly remember everything I did, I just can't tell you why on earth I did some of it..." You can't really recapture your lost youth, I suppose.
However, I have to say that having a few days wandering about in the EtherWorld and sleeping for hours upon hours at a time has been amazing. The cough, the last lingering remnant from my Fall Cold, is just about gone. I feel pretty darned good for the first time in a two weeks. Despite the fact that it feels like I lost a weekend, I am thinking that it was all for the good.
And besides...if I'm reading the calendar right, I've got another three day weekend coming up! I do love me a do-over!!!
It's the yarnovers I don't like. I think...
SA

16 comments:

trek said...

Glad you are feeling more like your normal Sheepie self.

We are looking at a 3-dayer next weekend, too!

Julie said...

I seem to have lost the weekend as well, but I don't have narcotic cough syrup to blame it on. I just don't know where all the hours went this weekend; I didn't even knit a single stitch yesterday. Come to think of it, I haven't knit a stitch today either;I did a very little bit of crocheting but that's it.

I'm glad your starting to feel better; hopefully, you'll be back to your Sheepie self for the next long weekend.

Emma said...

Sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. Looking forward to seeing the products of your labor--the stitch markers sound awesome.

Donna Lee said...

What three day weekend? Why didn't I get the memo? Is it Columbus day already? Unfortunately, we do not get off for Federal Holidays, being a health care institution. It is one of the things that suck on a regular basis at my job. And I can't even use the excuse of my children having off since they are all out of school. I guess I'll have to work after all.

kmkat said...

No 3-day weekend in my future. On the years where Easter falls shortly before April 15 we tax types are lucky if we get that day off. Columbus Day? Not a chance. You enjoy yours, though, Sheepie. Think of us sloggers out there in the trenches, drinking major coffee and whacking our keyboards as fast as possible.

Alwen said...

[cough] Whew, I'm sore from coughing. I think I almost knit half a pair of socks in a weekend, though. Wonder if there's any more of that cough syrup in there? [looking into mouth of upended bottle]

catsmum said...

Blogger was doing some VERY strange things last week - like allowing one to eventually post one's photos, check that they were there, only to find them 'disappeared' the next time one looked... and I know from the comments that I wasn't the only one it happened to.
Hope you're on your way to wellness again.

Greta_Jane said...

Hey there,
I am a friend of Lazuli's and have seen you over in her world. I also had a cough syrup and yarn over weekend, but mine is a scarf and there have been some very, um, creative fixes made. Glad you are feeling better--it is a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better. Sometimes a lost weekend is exactly what's needed.
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Leigh said...

Well, I hope everything is back to normal! Even if you did nothing more productive than catch up on your rest, it was worth it.

Cathy said...

And here I was expecting to see an Invisibility Shawl. How foolish was that?

Another 3-day weekend, huh? And you are feeling better and no dentist appt. Can't beat that.

There's got to be a catch.

Mia said...

Yeah.. two three day weekends in a row... and nice weather for both. Cough syrup or no, lace shawl or no, it's still all good :)

Nancy said...

Yay for feeling better!! Can't wait to see the pictures. I read on another blog someone else was having image troubles on blogger too.

B. said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Sheepie!

Beth said...

I've been having trouble remembering yarnovers, too. When I forget one, I've been picking up the "bar" after a stitch to create a yarnover. I read online that once it's blocked, everything will look fine.

mehitabel said...

Sounds like a much more restful weekend than mine--which was yard sale, yard sale cleanup, yard sale hangover...