and so I have now been home from Europe for two weeks. I began to notice around the middle of my first week home that I was no longer feeling moody, sleep-deprived and jet-lagged. My sense of humor was returning, and I was much less emotional. I had begun to lose the ten or more pounds of fluff that I gained through the long flights to and from. I looked into my mirror and recognized my face and hair. :) My knees didn't ache any more, and the altitude of the Alps wasn't affecting my breathing. I guess I'm getting back to 'normal', whatever that is. I wouldn't have believed that I could be so affected by travel as I was on this trip. I guess I'm just not getting any younger.
What a wonderful experience I had! There is so much more that I'd like to write about the countries and the people, but I just cannot find the words to convey my feelings about much of the trip. I am forever changed by my visit to Europe, as any experience will change us, and forever grateful to my friend for making it possible... I only hope that I was at least half as good a guest as she was a host.
There has been fiber therapy to help with the readjustment. I've begun a new pair of socks for one of my groups on Ravelry. The group is "Sock Madness Forever". There will be a series of challenges issued via sock-knitting patterns for the duration of "Sock Madness 6" or "SM6" as it's known in the group. The first is well underway now: a toe-up pattern with cables with a special twist...a random method is used to determine when each cable is knit, making for a very interesting pair of socks!
Toe-up is not my usual choice, but it does have its advantages. The heel is much different from my usual heel flap and Dutch or French heel-turn, and I've never had much luck with this technique, but I'm ready to try it again now. The group is very helpful, even offering kilt-clad cabana boys with endless supplies of chocolate to make the trials easier.
(yes, I assume that the cabana boys are mostly imaginary, but it doesn't hurt to hope)
I finished a pair of socks on the trip:
|Blockhead pattern in an old Opal Rodeo color|
and started another pair:
|Basic ribbed socks in Opal Petticoat|
|Another Opal, I think this one was one of their test-dyed skeins|