My home computer seems to have some particularly nasty malware that won't allow Windows to boot up... 'self-replicating malware' at that. I can make the rounds and visit some of you, using the Ubuntu operating system, which we managed to get functioning with a few extras, such as Adobe Reader and Real Player, but I haven't checked yet on my photo software to see if there's a Linux version... I did get my Feather and Fan shawlette completed late last week, though there won't be a photo posted until it is blocked and I can manage to upload at work. The pattern is in Interweave's new Knitting Traditions - yes, it mostly IS a rehash of patterns originally printed in Piecework, but they were ones I didn't have, and I am very happy with how this turned out!
Unfortunately, finishing it when I did, on Friday evening, left me with a knitter's dilemma that all kinds of hours poured into computer fixing had contributed to - no new project, together with the rushed decision to visit BIL and SIL over the weekend for computer repair assistance! I was lost, wandering, wondering if I have an addiction problem.... how could I face even an overnight trip with NO KNITTING. I had one piece on the needles, the last 20 rows of border for my Ulmus shawl, but that wasn't travel-quality... I could swatch for the next sweater, but couldn't even print off the pattern! Casting about, I also had a hat for Odessa I could start, but had recently ripped out as being too large, a wonderful 240-yard skein of silk from Three Irish Girls that I wound up to calm myself, and could make into a cowl, but once again... no way to print off a pattern. I went to bed in a funk, got up and headed off to the Bay area, still somewhat in a funk, but managed to enjoy myself even while going through yarn withdrawals
Computer repairs were only partially successful, fixing two hardware problems and unearthing the 'real' issue of the malware. Weather was also mixed, benign enough for a late afternoon walk on Saturday, but semi-hurricane rains on Sunday. We ran out of time and had to load up and return home without either fixing Windows or visiting A Verb for Keeping Warm... I decided further pouting and sulking wasn't going to help and did my best to enjoy the time away from knitting. Sometimes life really IS unfair and ya just gotta suck it up... besides, really, life is very good to me!
I woke up every morning this week without my hands hurting, but will be printing off the patterns I need today. The best part of the whole weekend was going out for a drink at this really cool place. I need to focus on getting my knitting queue in order, as I will soon be taking the Cooperative Permaculture Design Certification Course, and no knitter can face 12 days of training without LOTS of knitting lined up, even hands-on training that won't allow that much down time. Just the thought of another stint of NO KNITTING is enough to get me busy winding yarn and pre-stocking a few bags with patterns and supplies!
I am excited to report to all of my dear sponsors that since the PDC course has been able to lower the fee, I will be able to make a donation to their scholarship fund! Right now the fees have been lowered to $800, and so when I paid my final payment, I was able to offer the amount over that ($265) to help someone else, in my readers' names, who was also struggling. I just love how the giving ball keeps on rolling! I took this photo of the land in the area of our course meeting spot, the day before Easter, to share with everyone and help you feel my excitement. I know Mary is going to recognize it just by the topography, and she has much the same love of this place that I do.
The rolling hills and jagged rocks of the Sierra Nevadas are my home place... I would love to hear about yours. In the spirit of further mish-mashing this post up, I am adding one of my favorite songs, sung by its author, Dougie MacLean, for your enjoyment.... though I have Scottish heritage, it is his love of place that touches my heart so deeply. Love and blessings to all.