There is something about coming down with a truly vile case of gastro-intestinal distress right in the middle of a final examination that surpasses all other experiences. This is not to recommend it -- only to identify it as one of those genuinely sui generis experiences, like driving a dark green vintage Jaguar while naked.......
....which, by the way, I add quickly but sadly, I've never done.
What do other people do when they're almost but not quite well? I can't grade papers unless I'm in tip-top condition (not fair), and I don't usually write -- though reading is not out of the question. The ideal activity is knitting or crochet. The alpha waves set loose are healing. The feel of the wool passing through the fingers is primal, soothing, next to godliness. So now I'm ready to knit -- not yet well, but not as sick as I was four days ago.
What will I make? Well, I have some experimental skeins of Ella Rae wool with some amazing, truly surprising color runs, so I am going to cook up a pullover with a rolled hem, a body made of garter stitch box stitch (big boxes), and a Henley neckline as wide as one line of boxes. Might put a hood on it. Might also make it into a tunic. And I have this idea for a quite strict but LLLLLOOONG tunic jacket made of Trendsetter Merino 8 Shadow -- maybe in burgundy shades -- with wide front bands and an equally tall stand-up collar, hidden slit pockets, strict set-in sleeves, wide cuffs, with the cuffs and bands made out of Cha Cha. A ribby but flat texture fabric, with traditional ribs at the sides to slightly draw it in. Need to figure out how to make it look elegant instead of like a clown suit. I want to make the bands horizontally so that the ruffles are short and side to side. That means, I think, sewing the band as well as the cuffs onto the jacket. (Yes, I know they can be knitted up the front row by row -- but the cuffs? I'll wing it). Off-center buttons with loops, and so on. All of this will go up in smoke if the band is too stiff.
Then I have a coat in mind -- Prism's big-ball kid mohair in black (or maybe it's mink), mixed with a really fine ladder novelty yarn in jewel tones that a friend found for me at a dollar a ball (I think it's Karabella), which I'm going to use as a wild excuse for playing with triangles again. Full length coat. Wide sleeves, maybe cast on at the armholes. We'll see. HUGE jewel-tone mismatched vintage buttons. Collar creeping up the neck quite high at the sides of the neck.
All of this might indicate a fever. Time to check the meatloaf. Over and out.