Hello everyone! Yesterday I got back from Summer School (did I mention I was going there? It's a Summer School on Integrated Medicine, organized by students, and there were workshops about meditation, Traditional Chinese and Indian Medicine, hospital clowning à la Patch Adams... lots of interesting stuff). I took my knitting, so I did not have to be a whole week without crafting, and finished my "Where's Waldo"-socks during the trip.
Something Lacy Shrug in red cotton yarn, and actually managed to finish the body by the end of the week! It now needs some blocking, seaming and a lot of ribbing, and then I'll have a new, bright red summer shrug!
Percy Shawl, but reading the instructions I realized that 1. I had no idea how to do a provisional cast-on, and 2. there was no way to knit with the lace yarn in my bag, the way it was on the skein. So I spent about two hours on the way back home rolling it into a ball. :D
We started with some red merino wool roving, which we picked into thin sheets and draped around a plastic ball. Next, the ball was soaked with warm soapwater and squished, squeezed and rolled between the hands.
Also, I'm aware that Integrative Medicine is a bit of a hot topic (and you may tune out if you're not interested in the debate. ) There are a lot of dogmatic people both on the evidence-based side and on the alternative side. I for one am all for evidence, but I'm also sick and tired of the idea that pills (or shots, or drips) are the things that make you healthy. A balanced life, good eating habits, exercise and time for reflection and relaxation are the things that make you healthy (or at least more healthy, and that's actually proven even for diseases like heart disease and cancer). So, why not use meditation, or regulative therapy, or massage, or art therapy, or herbal teas (or sewing, or knitting) to complement regular, evidence-based medicine? Integrated means just that, using alternative means to complement, not to replace, standard therapies.
Ok, so my rant is over. :)
Have a lovely, relaxing week, wherever you are!