Yesterday my DS 2 had a “hospital for a day” appointment in the children’s hospital. Unlike a regular hospital stay, we were not given a bed in a room. Instead, we spent about 5 hours sitting on uncomfortable plastic chairs waiting to go to the next stop on our “to be seen by” list. Travel to and from the hospital took another seven hours. Truthfully it would have probably be impossible for me if I wouldn’t have my knitting. I would have gone mad from stress and pain. But I had my knitting, plenty of it. So, I survived. My Son survived. And we will be doing this again next Sunday.
This is the top pediatric hospital. And the doctors there are very good, hopefully they will figure out what is happening with DS 2. It is definitely worth the effort.
But back to my knitting. I took with me three projects, but only one got any attention from me. I needed something to be challenging enough to take up all my thoughts. And writing out and testing a pattern is perfect in this situation.
I knit my first “Joyful!” a few years ago. It was a huge rainbow-colored shawl, knit in Kauni wool. I loved it so much, that I churned out a bunch of mini shawls – more like scarves or oversize collars in lovely exotic yarns like yak and cashmere. It took just a skein, looked terrific and therefore made a perfect gift for some very special people. The pattern was written out and I was almost ready to publish, but things happen and the “Joyful!” got lost in the shuffle.
While we were moving, I gave the original “Joyful!” to a friend, who needed cheering up. Since then, I kept thinking about it. When I went with my daughter to Migdal HaEmek last week I found another “perfect” skein of ArtYarn Flowers. After I came home, I dug out my notes. I started reading them, did a few revisions, changed the edge treatment and so on. Then I Cast On, did a few rows, liked what I saw, but had to put the knitting away.
I am so glad I saved it for yesterday! The lovely wavy “Feather and Fan” pattern works on me better than any tranquilizer. And the necessity of concentrating on re-writing my pattern kept me occupied and safely glued to my chair. I didn’t begrudge the travel time too! I was even calm when the scheduled bus didn’t show. After all, it meant that I got extra 30 minutes of knitting time.
I am now up to the last step on my written instructions. I think I might add optional short row neck shaping. This will keep the shawl more firmly on the shoulders. Another thought is an alternative edge treatment. But I am still not sure about it.
What I am sure of is that this shawl will be going to the hospital with me next week. I am actually looking forward to the trip.
P.S. I realized that the picture looks gray and colorless, so I wanted to show you how the colors will gradually change.