I can handle the sniffling and the coughing. I hate it, but it’s tolerable. But when my ears starting ringing at about 12:30 last night, that freaked me right the fuck out. I’m used to a little tinnitus now and again – usually after a concert – but the sudden onset and incredible discomfort that accompanied it had me panicking. After a fitful hour’s worth of sleep in a long, noisy night, I called in sick to work and dragged my ass in to the doctor.
The good news is that the ringing is probably nothing serious – it’s either all the congestion in my head making my ears go wonky, or it’s a side effect of the various over-the-counter medications I’m taking to keep myself upright.
The bad news is, the congestion is from a raging sinus infection, which probably developed when my immune system went down when I caught the flu early last week.
So now there are antibiotics and some super-duper non-ear-ringing decongestants on my bathroom counter. With luck, I’ll be feeling human again in ten days or sooner.
Is it just me, or is the cold and flu season a killer this year?
So, sometime last week I was browsing through one of my favorite online forums, and someone had started a thread asking “What is the Raging Debate in your area of geekery?” It was an interesting discussion, covering everything from the shades of grey on Lego blocks (“old grey” versus “new grey”) to comma use to some sports stuff that I just skimmed. Naturally, i started thinking about common debates in knitting, and was bemused to realize that, for such a loving and pacifistic group, we seem to have a lot of perennial arguments. While I’ve never known two knitters who couldn’t reconcile their circulars-versus-straights differences, we are an opinionated bunch. Some of the debates that sprang immediately to mind:
Circulars versus straights: Probably the longest-running debate in knitting. Circulars take the stress off your wrists! Circulars are nice and self-contained! Straights are traditional! Straights are easier to store! Where I stand: Really, I swing both ways. Circulars can be nice and convenient, but I do love the traditionalism of straights. I use whatever I have handy, in the size I need.
Socks – toe-up or leg-down: Go toe up and use all your yarn! Try them on as you go! Avoid Kitchener stitch! Or go leg down, and have beautiful heel flaps and traditional structure, and avoid the stupid, fiddly toe-start problem. Where I stand: I’ve done it both ways, and there are certainly benefits to both. At this point my inclination is leg-down, because I love me a good heel flap – they fit better, and they make me feel smart.
Socks – magic loop, two circulars, or dpns: Who wants to wrestle a grumpy hedgehog? Use circulars to knit your socks, and wrestle an angry octopus instead! Where I stand: You can have my dpns when you pry them out of my cold, dead hands. Wrestle your octopus, if that’s you’re preference, but I’ll stick with my hedgehog, thanks.
Acrylic versus natural fibers: Wool is itchy! Acrylic squeaks! Where I stand: As a rule, I prefer natural fibers, but as Rabbitch once pointed out, if the recipient of your knitting is likely to vomit on it (babies, crack addicts, old people) acrylic is the way to go.
Where do you stand on the issues? What are some other “raging debates” in knitting?