On the nightstand

A virus has had its way with us here at Chez Nake-id, reinforcing our belief that if you want to stay healthy, you’ll steer clear of toddlers; they’re vectors for disease. Cute, charming, vectors for disease, that is until one throws the inevitable tantrum. Then they’re not so cute and charming and one begins wondering, why people fuss so about day care? But, we’ll leave the theorizing about child rearing and development to better minds this morning, say, Mr. Charles Dickens.

Cold Snap probably helped keep me from being completely comatose. (I adore the copy on the bottle, “Cold Snap is a tool to build righteous chi and repel these unwanted guests.”) I’m not sure my chi is righteous yet, but I can feel it tipping the scale of moral superiority. My head is lighter, though it persists in producing an inordinant amount of mucose, and I seem to be a bit more cheerful, always a good sign after a visit from an “unwanted guest.”

For those of you fighting early season colds, I also recommend naps and lots of them. Naps offer wonderful salutary benefits—like the ability to converse civally in the p.m. or complete a bit of knitting. Without naps you are likely to lurch through your days, trying to accomplish necessary tasks, but really you’re just spreading your germs to other three-year-olds, who in turn will ply those bugs on their aunties. So go to bed, take up your knitting and cuddle with some good reads, such as:

Eat. Pray. Love. by Elizabeth Gilbert. She has had the kind of career most writers would trade a spleen for. And deservedly so. This is a wonderful armchair travel memoir about her year of recovery and world peregrinations following a divorce and bad rebound. It’s absolutely delicious.

Spin to Knit and Spinning in the Old Way. Though I continue to yearn for pubs that showcase handspun yarns in twisty, mutainous combinations (ala this sweater by Terry Ranck), these titles offer wonderful, clear illustrations on how to get your spin on. Though I’m ususally loath to read instructional texts, I found that the sweaty palms fostered by my cold didn’t allow for proper drafting, so in lieu of spindling, I read about it. Finally, I “get” wpi.

Which brings me to this question: For those of us Myers Briggs types who prefer to bash ahead rather than read directions, do audio knitting books exist? Like wouldn’t it be lovely to listen to Knitting Without Tears while knitting rather than foregoing the knitting in order to read? Not that this is always the case, books need to be picked up and fondled too, but for the occasional guilty pleasure, wouldn’t it be nice to listen to a few needlecraft classics? Just puttin’ it out there.

And, if you’re snuffling with your laptop nearby, Wendy’s doing the Heifer International Knitting Basket Drive again. This year, there’s amazing prizes donated by bloggers and retailers all over. Go check out the Grand Prize, donated by la Johnson herself! I hear, good deeds boost the immune system.

Happy knitting, everyone.




Comments (2) -

November 13. 2006 03:28


I just read Eat Pray Love too--and I loved it. Kind of made me want to pack up and hit the road though!

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June 29. 2007 13:55


think I'd be grossed out if one of my dingle-ball trims got splashed with toilet water, tho.

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