The muscles in my back cooperated and I made it through Handle With Care. I put some cream on and took some advil and let my partner know he had to be gentle and all was good. It was even enjoyable. The funny thing is I always dread going but it's never as bad as I think it will be. There are 5 of us in my building who are designated trainers. Three are new this year and will hopefully carry this on as I slowly pull back.
Now we have to meet as a team and design a new training that incorporates verbal de-escalation techniques and physical restraints and our new mechanical restraints. I try to make sure there is some new stuff so people pay attention. If we do the same things over and over, people stop listening so we have to mix it up and add some new stuff. Thankfully, my children showed me how to use Powerpoint so I'm ready.
On the knitting front, after I had to rip out half of the second whimsy sock because I dropped a stitch so far back it was too hard to pick up (I knit tight), I still managed to finish them last night. I decided to give myself as easy a weekend as I could and did some spinning and lots of knitting. These are the Leaves of Whimsy. The pattern is from my Knit a Day calendar last year. It is very reminiscent of the Embossed leaves pattern by IK. I love it. It's easy to memorize and it moves along fairly quickly. They yarn is from A piece of Vermont and is a merino/bamboo blend. I measured them repeatedly as I worked them but one is still slightly longer than the other.
And then last night I picked my February bag and it contained this. I wanted some socks with browns in them so I could wear them with my brown pants. This is Cascade Yarns superwash. Color 900-something. There is brown/black/maroon/taupe parts in it. I've started some Waving Laces socks (from 25 Favorite Socks). It's very thin and nice and soft so it's a joy to work with. I am also working on my Feb sockapalooza sock. That's done on size 2 needles and they feel impossibly small.
We are in the midst of some lovely temperate weather. The days are predicted to be in the 40's and 50's (4 - 10 C). That's almost balmy for February. I used my break on Friday to walk to the candy store in Philadelphia where they still sell handmade chocolates to get some for my family for Valentine's Day (or as El calls it 'singles awareness day'). Lore's makes the very bestest dark chocolate covered cherries. Pk loves them. I know they'll be really busy this week so I was glad to get in there while I could. And I had to find some non-chocolate candy for Em's Jim. He doesn't like it. (No, I don't understand it either).
So, now I'm off to sit in front of the open window and spin some more Inna Ga Da Vida. I have some good books on my mp3 player. Sounds like a good day.