There are times in my creative life where I just drop everything I need to do or have to finish and I start a new project on a whim. Yesterday I had just such a time. Obviously the current swine flu situation has been occupying both my professional and personal life as it has for most of us over the past week. Things have reached a cacophony of anxiety and fear. We sit on the brink of the WHO's pronouncement of level 6 pandemic alert and read the most recent statistics -- As of 18:00 GMT, 4 May 2009, 21 countries have officially reported 1085 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection .
"While a swine flu pandemic remains the greatest danger, a threat that passes will carry grave risks of its own. If it promotes misguided suspicion that surveillance, public health plans and antiviral stockpiles are a waste of time and money, it will leave us ill-prepared the next time around. And there will be a next time: pigs will fly before influenza stops mutating. Our pandemic defences should not stop at flu: we also need to guard against flu fatigue. It can be almost as hazardous as the virus itself."
Edgar was napping beside me as I embroidered these wings enjoying the warmth and fresh spring air out on the porch yesterday.
Edgar tried the wings on for size before they were sewn onto the little hand knitted piglet.
This was just sent to me with the line: Don't do this and you should be okay.