in answer to the last post's title, I have a nasty sinus infection; I finally went to the doctor and he put me on a Z-pack and with a little luck, things should start improving at a rapid pace.
Thanks so much for the button advice! I used the pink ones, as suggested unanimously by the lovely Mere and Liz. I finished this knit while listening to the podcasts of Stash and Burn, which was kind of like listening in on a phone conversation between knitters. It made a welcome change from trying to watch anything on television.
One benefit (?) of listening to the podcasts is that I am already thinking about my knitting more. For instance, I didn't realize that Veera Valimiki had so many patterns available and that she doesn't just design shawls! And instead of buying new yarn to make a cowl for a friend's birthday gift, I shopped my stash! I cast on for Scrumptious using a skein of Dream in Color Classy that I bought at Brooklyn General sometime last year. It's in a lovely grass green color called Spring Tickle. The only odd thing is that I thought this friend's birthday was this month when in fact it isn't until September 30! Oh well, at least I'm not waiting until the last minute, am I?
Isn't it lovely? Scrumptious, even?