Well, I have made Lyra progress. I am now on Rnd 51 and I need to do a lifeline. For those who do not know what a lifeline is, I will try to explain (correct me if I am wrong, Fleegle). You run a string (I like to use cotton crochet thread in the approximately size, contrasting color of what I am knitting with) through the sts on a round, so that in the occurrence of a mistake or dropped st that you cannot fix, you can rip out to your lifeline and not have to start the whole thing over. This pattern calls for lifelines. I have dropped many sts (on purpose) to fix errors, but there is so much action on this "baby" that I would go into cardiac arrest from the thought of even having to. I plan on doing a lifeline on my next even row and then every 10 rows. I know that I have done approximately 18 rnds since my last post, but it does not look as though I am making ANY progress. I have to admit that the size 1 (2.50 mm) needles are almost painful for me to knit with. I feel like I am knitting with needles that my Barbie dolls should be using. Maybe it is because of my large hands. I am sure that by the time I finish my Lyra, I will have become accustomed to the feel of them.
In answer to Autumn's question--
Yes, I have been too sick to knit. Not alot, but have been there a time or two. Mostly, I have too many projects that take too much concentration or that I have lost "that lovin feelin" for and will not let myself start another project in that state of vulnerability. More often, I find myself in a state of "suspended knitting". It is usually after I have finished a large project, one that has consumed my mind for months. I get this way when I finish a book. I have to make myself not start something new until I have passed the "vulnerable empty hands" "I have all this free time" stage. I go into in my "loom room" and feel forlorn for a few day to a week. I don't go to a yarn store during that time, either. I make myself wait for the right project. That is not easy to do!
I use this time to MAKE myself finish projects that have been neglected and are almost finished. When I do that, I come out a winner because my need for a "knittin fix" has passed and I have another PIGS (projects in grocery sacks) that I can mark off my long list.
May your weekend be filled with many happy stitches.