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Hey there! I've been out of commission for a few days. I got tonsillitis. It hurt. Bad. But things are back on track thanks to Dr. Cho and her magic pills. I'm finally feeling like a normal person again, even if it's a normal person with semi-serious seasonal allergies. Hey, I can deal with a runny nose and slightly itchy eyes if it means my throat no longer feels like it has knives playing hopscotch inside of it. This is a day to celebrate western medicine (I'm not always so enthusiastic about such things, but I'm happy about regular sized lymph nodes today)!

I was home sick for a number of days, which for me (and probably you) is always great because it means knitting knitting knitting. I did get a significant amount of knitting done, but definitely not as much as I would have on a 'regular' sick day (which sometimes isn't a sick day at all... don't tell). I actually had to sleep and veg out for a significant number of hours - hours that could have been occupied by an otherwise prolific amount of knitting. Ah well. Bygones.

Scott is progressing quickly (3 sts per inch), although I've lost a bit of momentum on it. Despite my best efforts to reduce bulk (namely working the pattern as a seamless raglan), this thing is still a beast of thick, squishy wool. I'm honestly wondering if I'll actually wear it, even in the winter. I left a bunch of ease but at this point the fit is anyone's guess. We'll see what happens. I'm giving you fair warning that I reserve the right to rip this up after its all over and repossess the yarn for a single layer (read: not stranded) garment that is more practical. I love the yarn so much, this wouldn't be such a huge trauma. I'll give it a chance though, and at least take pictures of the finished piece for documentation's sake, why not?

Scott Yoke in Progress

Here you see the yoke, knit just about halfway to the collar. The colors are great and the motifs equally so. No matter what happens, I'm enjoying myself thoroughly.

As my doubts grew about the future of Scott, I started some lace. One night I had the sudden urge for a lace-hit and I had this beautiful alpaca/merino/silk Queensland staring up at me from the floor needing some love. I think it must be the warmer weather, and maybe an unconscious response to the stranded bulk-fest of the sweater that spurned me into shawl territory.

Lacin' It Up

I also picked up my February EZ Baby Sweater from the dregs with hopes of finishing in the near future. I've been reading Knitter's Almanac this week on my commute and enjoying it as ever. I usually read through it every few months because I find EZ's writing that entertaining. Yes, commuter, I'm the guy sitting across from you on the A train laughing aloud to himself with a knitting book in my hands. What can I say, she can knit a mean baby jacket and write some sassy, intelligent prose.

Good luck getting over the hump, my sights are already set on the weekend. Happy knitting.

I'm sorry to hear about the tonsils. I had mine removed last year so I totally understand. When it comes to tonsils there is no debate on the use of western medicine.

I can't wait to see some shots of the sweater. It may be bulky to work with but I'm hoping that you'll like it in the end. The original pattern just looked so nice.

The color of the queensland is freaking awesome! I'm both sorry and relieved to hear about the excessive bulk of Scott because I was thinking of knitting it out of straight up bulky wool. Now I'm pretty sure I'll just knit something else entirely. It is a looker, though. Good job and I hope you feel better!

Glad you are feeling better! Your projects look wonderful!

sorry to hear about the tonsillitis, hope back to health soon.

you have made my day by saying the fit is anyone's guess. i get so wound up about will it fit that it's a relief to hear you be philosophical about it.

i do hope the sweater fits you though. might come in handy if you plan a trip to montreal this winter. :)

I hate tonsilitis! I usually get it every few years and it hurts like nothing else. My sympathies, and I'm glad you got the magic pills!

In my experience, if you are too sick to knit, you're really quite sick indeed. Glad to hear you are feeling better and getting back to the wool. (Scott is looking wonderful, even if it is a bit bulky -- maybe it'll be great for those abnormally frigid days in the middle of winter when it doesn't get higher than single digits.)

Oh no! Get well soon! The recovery knitting seems to be going well :)

Hope you feel better!

The lace shawl is absolutely gorgeous... love the colour, the texture, and the pattern. Wow, if that's what you can do while you're "out" I can only stand by in awe. :)

That shawl is just perfect, the color is dreamy. It is a published pattern, or one of your own?
Hope you're feeling better soon.

Here's to a speedy recovery (and more knitting).

Perhaps it's difficult to imagine wearing Scott when temps are on the rise, flowers are budding, birds are singing, windows are opening? Scott may be toastily welcome when snow is falling, winds are blowing, heat's not working....

Oh right, that's a perspective coming from living in the land of perpetual chill and rain....

There's no shame in walking away once you've tamed the bulky, stranded beast - no matter how handsome it is.

On the lace project, the color is a perfect neutral. Your pattern?

Yes, I too would love to know the pattern! It looks lovely. As does Scott... I do like the mix of colors. The bulk reminds me of those huge handknit sweaters (very beautiful) I used to buy at college fairs and then pair with leggings. (Early 90s. Ahem).

oh geez, tonsillitis? That takes me back to middle school. Glad you're feeling better. Scott is looking very pretty even if he might make an arctic explorer want a popsicle...

Glad you're back! I've had tonsillitis, and it's not exactly the greatest thing you can catch! :(

Can't wait to se Scott when he's finished. Looks like there's not much left. Don't forget to take pictures before the ripfest begins (if that's what is destined to happen)!

Wow, your fellow commuters must have had an amusing moment or two... ;)

Glad your throat is feeling better. It's nice to see lace on your needles!

scott looks like a sweater that i could have used in n.y. two years ago in mid march. and it looks good. but what i really enjoyed reading was the part of you laughing out loud when reading the almanac. i do the same thing on the bus. sitting reading this little somewhat dusty knitting book and dreaming away. it is one of the things you have to be a knitter to understand.

Scott is a monster! A pretty monster, though. Glad you're feeling better -- take care.

The lace is lovely. Please share the pattern!

Ah, yes. Last week I had a number of people (that number being 3) ask what I was reading on 2 different flights because I must have been giggling or chuckling aloud while reading the Knitter's Almanac.
I'm glad to hear you're feeling better and enjoy the lacey goodness!

I had tonsillitis two weeks ago--weird! Oh man does it suck, so I know what you mean when you say you were too sick to knit. Glad you're on the mend.

I love your knitting and your blog! I just stumbled on it recently. Glad you're feeling better. I got a chuckle out of your 'sick days that aren't sick days' comment. Is that like when I call in because something is wrong with my eye? I just can SEE going in to work that day? LOL! Keep up the great work on the blog!

I really like the sweater - that pattern and choice of colours is beautiful.


Love,love,love your blog. Knitting and photography and writing are fantabulous. Some sick days are mental health days. Glad you're healthy enough and wise enough to take them when needed. I, too, wonder what the lace ahawl pattern is and what yarn you used.
Your Shetland Triangle Shawl inspired me to knit my own out of some beautiful Lisa Souza yarn. Early on, when I read your comment about being able to knit the shawl on autopilot, I thought my style was more kamikaze than autopilot.
But I got help and persevered and I love the shawl.

I had my tonsils removed when I was just three and I can actually remember some of the details, proof that it was just a little traumatic. Glad to see you're back in swing of things. I kept checking my Bloglines and pouting. Isn't it sad that sickness = knitting?

Ouch tonsilitis is never nice to have. I have had it numerous times over the years, but not so much now, fingers crossed. Love the lace knitting, and the color is great too. I cannot wait to see that EZ baby sweater finished, as the color was gorgeous.

Beautiful! As always. :)

I'm glad you're feeling better.

I'm curious about that lace! (I just started a lace shawl tonight myself. And somehow lost a stitch 20 rows in, *sigh*)

glad you are feeling better, I missed your blogging.

Nothing beats up the body more than a fever and pain. Glad to hear you are on the mend.

Which pattern is your lace? Very nice picture of it.

glad you're feeling better, jared... that sounds rough. i do like a sick day that is not so sick when there is time to get stuff done... it always feels like a waste when you are truly sick and sleeping :)
scott does look lovely, no matter its eventual fate. and i love the image of you on the train reading EZ!

It looks yummy, but if it's too bulky for NY winter, well, it's too bulky! I'm dying to see pictures, regardless.

Glad your feeling better. The sweater is beautiful - I hope it works out.

my first sweater was this huge blue thing knit on size 15 needles... i never wore it and eventually ripped it.


is that another swallowtail shawl? me likey.

Luckily bacterial tonsillitis does not strike adults frequently, so you should be able to put this behind you for a good long time. (: Glad to hear Western medicine came to the rescue! (Yes, I'm a doc.) Would love to find out what the shawl pattern is... Scott is lovely -- and I'm not a fan of bulky sweaters. Is it really THAT bulky? It looks perfect for skiing or snowshoeing. Perhaps it is your trip-to-Colorado sweater!

i'm lovin' the scott - i actually think the bulkiness works. and it's great color scheme.

So sick you can't knit is UGLY. That is really "sick", not "out of the office" sick. Glad you are better! We love us some good brooklyn Tweed Photography!

Sono contenta di sentire che stai meglio. Bummer, though, about being so sick that you couldn't use *all* your time off knitting.
Scott looks really good, but I followed your link to the Rowan site and it does look very bulky. I hope the fit is loose enough that you won't have to rip it off. I can't even think of that.

Heal quickly.

I'm drooling over the lace. Your stitches are so precise. The yarn only emphasizes that...

Glad you're feeling better.

Sorry to hear you were ill, but glad to hear you're feeling better! Knit on.....(smile)

hope you're feeling better soon! Tonsilitis is no fun...I had mine out in college and it was NOT pretty. Your projects are looking amazing! :)

Glad you are feeling better, tonislitis is horrid! Lovely lace, I admire your knitting. From a person who lives in Queensland, only we don't have yarn called Queensland,must be called something else here. It looks beautiful.

bleh, tonsilitis, I remember that from high school, then they yanked them out. I wish that I had been more into alternative medicine them because sometimes I wonder if my immune system is suffering without them!

3 sts/in and stranded, that's quite a thick garment, I'll be interested to see how it turns out.
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