Today I dealt with one of my biggest fears.
I had a cavity filled at the dentist.
May not sound like such a big deal to you, but it was for me. Until this year, I've had perfect teeth. No fillings, braces, poking, prodding, or anything. Just some sealant back in high school. But earlier this year the dentist found 2 itty bitty cavities. I've always been terrified of the dentist, but after Annie's disastrous birth and my post-natal struggles with PTSD, any medical procedure (no matter how minor) sends me into a tailspin. Allowing someone to stick a giant needle into my gums, then a drill into my teeth, well, not so good. I made it through with a combination of willpower, nitrous, and Tina Fey's Bossypants on my iPod...
Then I went home and took to my bed, where I finished this knit:
It's the Honey Cowl by madelinetosh, a free download. I shook things up a bit by swapping out the Tosh DK for some Tosh Merino Light that I bought in DC last summer. The tosh was in the most amazing colorway- a shimmer magenta/fuschia/purple- called Lepidoptera. Seriously one of the most amazing shades of yarn I have ever seen. BUT- and it's a big but (heh)- the 2 skeins varied more dramatically than almost any I have ever bought.
See what I mean? Oops! But- again with the buts!- I handled this challenge cleverly. To get gauge for the pattern, I held 2 strands together for the entire knit. Shear genius. Gave me the right thickness AND blended the colors of the 2 skeins! Whee! I am totally thrilled with the outcome of this knit. However (not but this time?), it did feel like it lasted a lot longer than 2 weeks. It was excellent TV knitting, in that it required NO thought after the first repeat. (Also a good whiplash knit, as I didn't have to look down at the knit while I was working on it.) Tedious, but stunning in the end.