I’ve been indulging myself during my recovery process. Turns out that my bed is an ideal place to hibernate with my knitting. At first, I had to stick to a couple of small projects that were basically all garter stitch because my mind was too fuggy (coined word that exactly describes the miasma having a fever leaves in your mind) to concentrate on anything more difficult. As it was, I wound up un-knitting . . . . . . . a lot. I think the first 10″ of one of the scarves was probably re-knit at least four times.
Knitting in bed presented several challenges. Case in point—my two little Yorkies claim about 90% of my bed as right of ownership in their role as the rulers of Counterpane, and are not given to ignoring balls of yarn or WIPs that venture into their territory. (more re-knitting) Case in point—I start out sitting more or less upright with my pillows stacked behind me, but within a few minutes I experience a sinking sensation that within another few minutes turns into a gradual slide…that ends with me nearly prone and tangled up in my yarn and adorable Yorkie royalty. These are challenges that are familiar to most of us. However, I believe I’ve encountered one that must be uniquely mine.
Let me advise you all from personal experience . . . never let your yarn come into contact with duct tape!! (or, as in my case, even a teeny, tiny, foot-long thread I’d pulled from a strip of duct tape in the process of affixing another clip-on light to my headboard)* Said string was residing quietly in the waste basket next to the bed when one adorable Yorkie innocently pushed (yes, it just happened to be in her way) my working yarn off the bed—an action of which I was unaware. Did you know that a single thread from a strip of duct tape has a cling-factor that matches that of an entire roll??? Well, it does!
I spent the better part of 90-minutes trying to salvage my yarn without losing several feet of it. I should confess that if I’d had a more comfortable margin of “guess” about how much yarn I’d really need, I would have cut my losses along with a four yard length of tangled duct tape string and very fine wool yarn. I strongly recommend that approach as opposed to trying to separate sticky-gooey-very-fine string from fuzzy-woolly-very-fine yarn. Never again!! Emily has been put on notice that she’d better stay away from my yarn or she will be confined to her basket next to the bed. The thought has an appeal I can hardly resist. I find I rather like the idea of being the Queen of Counterpane. At least until I finish this project!
* I am expert at quick-and-dirty solutions that involve duct tape and/or WD-40.