What About Bob is hardly my favourite Bill Murray movie, but it's the one that's most applicable chez Crochet Me right now. We're in the midst of a familial health vortex of suffering (or, as one relative put it, we're going for the bulk discount on health care). Nothing life-threatening, but it's been a stressful and often painful week. That said, family is a wonderful thing – the long distance phone calls are fabulous and I'm pretty sure those of us who are local are glad to have family to lean on. Suffice it to say several of us are cohabiting for a few days of communal convalescence.
So, a note: If you've emailed me in the last couple of weeks and haven't heard back, I apologize. I am woefully behind in all the but the most time-sensitive work (read: the spring issue of Interweave Crochet that goes to print in, um, hours). This will likely result in a delay in the spring Cme issue; reset your alarms to go off around the beginning of April instead of in late March.
A gift during this bizarre time is the Ripple-Along. Before it, I hadn't found a crochet stitch that had the same tranquil effect on me as knitted ribbing (well, at least I hadn't rippled without also working to write up a pattern [see aforementioned issue of IW Crochet when it comes out in April]). Now I have. I'm addicted to my ripple. And to using otherwise languishing stash yarn.* So at least as I take it easy and try not to lose my head from all the work that's piling up, I can also relax and make progress on something soft and cuddly.
* I love using some of the odd balls of yarn I've picked up in the last year. Many were for potential work-related projects, and some were just because I had to try them out. One of the latter is Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK. OMG, to say it is a dream would be a gross understatement. That's all.