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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Mid-Winter Bugs Attack

February 8, 2007

Well, it looks like the bugs have found us hidden out here in the mountains---the flu bug, mono, the stomach bug---you name it, it's here. Our school system is plagued with absences and sick kids warming seats. That's about all many of them feel like doing, because they are just too sick to be academically productive, but not sick enough to be home in bed. What we really need is a good heavy snow to force everyone to stay home for a few days and recuperate.

I'm trying to stay home as much as possible to avoid getting sick. As a teacher, that's almost impossible. Rather than going out in the evenings, we are staying in watching movies and working on projects. I just finished knitting mittens for the 3 oldest grandsons and my daughter said they have received them. Nice warm wool mittens to keep those sweet little hands warm---what a perfect project for Nana. Right now I am working on the sleeves for a sweater for myself. It's my own design and is a pleasure to knit. I purchase some Peruvian Tweed alpaca at my LYC in natural grays plied with black. I will try to post a photo in the next couple of days. I have both the front and back finished and am about up to the underarm on the first sleeve. I plan to have saddle shoulders and since the sleeves are knit in a 2x2 rib, I will use corrugated rib for the saddle to keep the body from stretching the alpaca out of shape. I am really anxious to see how this is going to work out.

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