Archive for January, 2015
Coming soon is another twister pattern. I am working on a baby version using Patons Beehive Baby sport. It is working up beautifully and I can’t wait to share it.
I had a friend visit today and had fun talking and knitting together. Just sitting with her motivated me to finish the “paper chain” I mostly knit up. Just two rectangles and I can see the repeats up. I also knitted some more on my socks, the pattern gets a little “fiddly”as a another knitter called it, but I am comfortable with how it works now, it just set me on edge that things didn’t work out as symmetrically as I would like. The patterns fine, it’s just me.
It started with some soft pretty purple yarn. Then I found the needles I had bought and forgotten about, and next thing you know, I have cast on two socks on size one needles. This may take awhile.
So I’m having surgery today (total hysterectomy), and of course my knitting will be tagging along which means I will again embark on my drugged knitting adventure. Knitting soothes me so I always reach for it when I. Head to the hospital, whether I’m visiting someone or whether I am the patient, but being the patient makes the knitting turn out a little more interesting or not at all. Most times I have knit right through pre-op and hopefully today will not be different. It is the after surgery that makes the knitting particularly “special”.
I plan on bringing simple projects to keep me busy and distract me when necessary but rarely do things go as planned so wish me luck, say a prayer and forgive if I don’t post for a while.
I’m selfish. I hate busy days because I don’t get time to knit until I’m too tired to knit. I will try to knit something. I have to knit. I really hope tomorrow is quiet. (Today was suppose to be but life got in the way)
So I will work on the sock I am slooooowly finishing.
Today I met up with other ladies from our city to knit and chat. This is the first time I have done this since I moved into our “new” home 2 years ago. I have needed this and enjoyed meeting fellow yarnaholics. I try to meet up with other knitters/crocheters every place I have moved and if I can’t find any I just make my own by teaching friends, yes I am a yarn pusher.
My hat I worked on…
I found a head! I was grocery shopping at Meijer (a supermarket with everything) when I took a detour to the craft section before getting the green peppers I needed. It was sitting there amongst the feathers, tissue paper, and hot glue guns. The blank stare caught my eye, and my heart leapt with joy…..no more pictures at odd angles to hide my face.
I now had a hat model! Now, if only it can withstand my house full of kids….I have a feeling there will be scars in its future.
Just when I think I’m getting good at knitting, I learn a simple technique that humbles me and makes me excited to lean more. Last night I finished the fingerless glove I was working on. The pattern called for a sewn bind off. The pattern even shared a great quote that made it so simple. Because I bought the pattern and I’m not sure about copyright laws, I have looked for an example. I found a great example but I am partial to how it was written in the pattern I finished. I love patterns that stretch me, which is funny because this is a stretchier bind-off for stockinette or pattern stitch. There are better cast offs for ribbing. I just love the simplicity of the sewn cast off. In the past I have avoided this because it reminds me of Kitchener bind off, which I do use quite a bit but it does require me to be able to concentrate which in a house full of kids isn’t so convenient.
Here is a link to a tutorial on how to use Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind off…..
The pattern I am using, is one I have shared a few times now….
and here is my finished edge on my fingerless glove….
Schools closed! My kids are celebrating and I am freezing!!! Time to bury myself in wool with a little silk….maybe even a glass of wine. I should celebrate too. My husband is on his way home from the airport with our exchange student coming back from Christmas break spent back in China. Plus my husband stopped at ikea for me….fun stuff heading my way! So time to finish the fingerless gloves (yes I’m still working on them!) almost done with one. A perfect pair to finish on a snow day….after all I want a day off too!
I had an early start today. It’s cold and I needed to be at the amputee clinic by 9:50 AM. I thought I left plenty early but had to park at a McDonalds because my minivan had steam coming from the hood. The gauge didn’t show that my engine was hot but given that it was in the single digits this morning that doesn’t surprise me. I was really regretting not finishing my knitting project sooner, I really could have used the gloves. Fortunately, my sister had a spare pair I borrowed when she brought my youngest three children to get me to my appointment on time. So much for sparing them the cold boring trip. We made it on time, sliding a little here and there.
Now for the exciting news, well, exciting to me….my Dr gave me all the information I needed to get the ball rolling on my next amputation. Hopefully, by the end of summer I will be ready to have a mid-calf amputation on my right leg. This will open doors for me, not literally, but I will get to run around with my kids again! I will call my surgeon just as soon as I am on the mend from my total hysterectomy scheduled less than two weeks away. After what seems like a slow healing process since most of my foot was amputated, it feels great to have a plan and have more control over the situation.
So now that I have a plan, I will start on the next most important thing–my fingerless gloves so I am not caught in the cold without them!