I think I sneezed about a hundred times this afternoon.
I suddenly came down with a cold. I mean *suddenly*. One minute I was fine, happily working away; the next minute my face hurt, I was congested, I was sneezing, and I couldn't hear out of my left ear. I am now home, with tea and (radioactive) cat to comfort me.
I have apparently contracted a bug.
Not this one, though. He's a cutie, isn't he? I spotted him while going out to watch the scrub jays harrassing the cat. They do this with some provocation, to be fair.
** UPDATED TO ADD ** -- thanks to Perry and others who helped me identify this little guy as a Coccinella septempunctata larva (Sevenspotted Lady Beetle). I love ladybugs!
Sorry for the long silence. Passover got in the way, plus I kept leaving my knitting at work (why it was there in the first place is a mystery). But now I can show you:
Exciting black stockinette, mostly, but what's relevant here is that I finished the back of Bristow and I'm 1/3 of the way into the left front! I really want to take this to Australia with me, and it seems I have at least a faint hope of making that deadline.
And this is some so-soft Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud destashed by April, knitting into Christine (Talullah's World)'s lovely "Gift of Friendship" scarf, using yes! the new Addi Turbo Lace needles. It's really hard to find these in stock anywhere; I only managed to get size US #4s. But they are absolutely as great as advertised. They are the nicest needles I've ever used for lace, and maybe for regular knitting as well. The tips almost magically zip into the stitches. Christine's simple, seductive pattern is pleasant to knit, and the needles only enhance the good experience. This is my first time knitting with laceweight yarn, and it's a bit nerve-wracking, but I think, thanks to a good pattern and good equipment, I may survive ;-)