This was an odd week in many ways. As you can see above, my beautiful daffodils - which I wait for with pleasant anticipation all winter - were smashed by the icy snow we got Monday and Tuesday this week. We are far enough south that the snow turned to icy rain and made everything nasty. There is still snow carpeting the grass in my back yard where the house's shadow falls even now - and it has melted away almost everywhere else. Sigh. Such a pretty sneak peek of spring we got before the winter had her last word.
I stayed inside for the days of nasty - not because I can't drive on the snow/ice ... but because there was no good reason to do so. Thankfully! I managed to do some embroidery and some sewing (which I will share after I gift the results to my friend). Also some knitting.
I think I mentioned that I bought a shawl design, Aranami - unusual for me to buy a pattern as there are many good ones available online for free. I've been knitting swatches for this shawl, trying to figure out the directions. I'm not an expert knitter but I do think I _should_ be able to figure this thing out. The fact that I can't puzzles me - I am planning to go seek professional help at Cloverhill Yarn Shop.
The structure of each 'shell' shape seems obvious and the directions are easy to follow, but I am failing when it comes to making one shell join another - I cannot seem to orient the things to match the diagrams in the pattern. Sigh. Here are some of my scale attempts:
Here is one completed shell in rusty brown with another one joined beside (in deep blue). I thought I was following the directions but the results don't match the diagram. Hmmm.
Can you see the smaller red-brown 'shell' on top of the original one? This is my second attempt with the called-for size of knitting needle. I don't like how dense and undrape-y the result is ... and chose to go back to a much larger needle (similar to what I used to make my Wingspan shawl with the same brand of yarn).
So, that project is on hold for me to go seek assistance. :)
I did go out on Friday afternoon to the local Giant grocery store. Now, you have to understand, in our household, my husband and son do the grocery shopping. Skip took it up when I bought the store and had very little time or attention to devote to chores. I guess he enjoys doing it because he still has not delegated the task back to me, even though I'm home during the day now. :) Also, he prefers to shop at the BJs Warehouse store rather than Giant. I like Giant better because the selection is wider and I don't have to buy in such great quantities. :)
Anyway, I went to Giant, motivated by the need for a good drain cleaner (tending to the plumbing minor woes falls under my purview, apparently:). I have not shopped there for more than a year and the place has been extensively remodeled since I shopped there last, too. So, it was a slow deliberate trip - me riding in a motorized cart as the hard floors tire me out before I can finish my chore if I walk. I am quite happy with all the goodies I found to buy (and did, miraculously, remember the drain cleaner:).
Bringing the stuff home and putting it all away was helped by my son (good muscles, efficient packing). I had an odd dizzy spell as I was driving around, but I did not think much of it - spring allergies are starting up, despite the cold snap, and I often have balance issues when my nasal messiness flares. :)
Yesterday, Saturday, I decided to tackle the plugged drain in our shower and set that up to work. As I was getting ready to finish the chore, I was standing in the doorway (of the bathroom attached to our master suite) and suddenly fell over backwards. Quite a startle to me - I didn't feel dizzy at all, just lost my balance and fell backwards. Luckily there was an armchair behind me which I ended up sitting in and then rolling onto the floor. I didn't realize I was falling until I found myself on hands and knees looking at the carpet. No bruises or hurts - other than my poor sore knees which don't like to be knelt on, even now.
I think I will call my doctor on Monday morning and go see him about this balance issue. Strange and odd, even for me. I am not, not, NOT ready to be an unsturdy little old lady. At 64, I still think of myself as vigorous and middle-aged. Probably self-delusional. Sigh.
Today I am enjoying a pretty (cold) sunshine through my windows and trying to settle on something productive to do with my hands. Have been restless all day so far.