I had a random desire to stop by JoAnn's on the way home today. I'm very happy I did. I located and purchased some fabric that will be perfect for the blue and white pieces of Zhang He's waist sashes - medium-weight polyester satin with a slight sheen (note the important adjective - I didn't want that stuff that is deceptively matte on the bolt and resembles a disco ball as soon as the light hits it), pleasantly soft surface, and nice drape. Too bad they didn't have any golden satin with similar properties. I also found a flower print silk with a golden brown background that seems to be a great choice for Xiahou Dun's pants, but I didn't buy any because I wanted to refresh my memory with the reference pic. Methinks me shall go back and get it tomorrow. I've also been reading up on hand embroidery, which is how I'm going to put those curly round emblems on the sashes. Yes...on all four of them. My right hand is going to hate me when I'm done with this.
(I'm not done yet! Weeeeeeeeeee!)
I think I figured out what was wrong with my left knee. There's a little muscle in the back of the knee called the popliteus. It stabilizes your knee joint. If other stabilizers are weak, the poor thing gets overworked if you, say, go running. I've suspected for a while that my hips are my proverbial Achilles heel. I recently located this interesting hip exercise, which I've been doing on a regular basis. It seems to be helping. I'm not going to try real running for a while, but I did do 2 miles on the elliptical trainer earlier, and my popliteus didn't complain one bit.