i'm a few hours away from finishing tempting ii. (seriously--takes me an hour to knit an inch around, and i have about 2.5 inches around the yoke plus the neckband, finishing, and blocking to do. so close!) this will mostly likely happen over labor day weekend. whee--only two months late!
i have yarn to make two more sweaters, but neither of those feels like what comes next. the sexy knitters club has chosen a sweater that i really like for its september knitalong, the simple knitted bodice. i just love the long-sleeved version, with its belled sleeves. i'm so picturing it in a deep blue or red. the insets at the waist and elbow actually have beads scattered throughout them.
BUT...the yarn used in the pattern, tilli thomas' pure and simple for the body and her rock star for the insets, add up to about $160-200, depending on the vendor. i have no business spending that kind of money on a sweater for myself, and that's really more than we'd spend on a gift for anyone else these days whom i can imagine it flattering. we're all about thrift these days.
and that isn't the only issue. time, too, pulls at me. not only will work keep me swamped, but another knitting project has me distracted in september. i'm reading the kite runner with a recently formed book group (i know, what am i doing? i couldn't resist), and i thought it would be neat to knit something as a tie-in. while searching for patterns, i came across the afghans for afghans effort, which i'm proud to say is put forth by quakers (more specifically, the american friends service committee) to send hand-knitted blankets, sweaters, hats, vests, socks, and the like to afghanis in need. so i may try to figure out how to use some wool stsh for something for that effort this month, before the afsc ships it all out.
i'm feeling really good, if tired, though i really appreciate y'all's concern. so sweet :) i also want to emphasize that dr. k is NOT a pharmanut. these are his last-resort answers--i've been off caffeine for 12 years, off aspartame for...four? exercise, eat right, hydrate, meditate (knitting is my meditation), and try to do biofeedback and other relaxation techniques. he's taught me a lot about natural ways to maintain constant serotonin levels--it's the irregularities in them that we think cause migraine flares--which is also why he discourages overuse of migraine pain relievers like the imitrex i'm allowed to take three times per week. he (we) believes that your body can become dependent on things like imitrex (and caffeine) to stimulate serotonin production, to the point that you experience withdrawal when you don't have it. this can create situations like the one in which i found myself for the past few weeks, which has happily subsided, thanks to the cycle-breaking steroids. so, i'm terribly grateful for dr. k, who literally changed my life all those years ago and continues to do so every time i see him again. if you're a migraineur, i heartily recommend going to the headache center at upmc. you will not be sorry. :)