Saturday, January 28, 2006

Ortho Drs Visit

AS promised I'd give an update on the visit. It went OK I guess.. He suggests getting off the celebrex trying aladil and more cortisone injections in the shoulder and elbows . Unfortunately with having chrons disease it doesn't only effect just your intestines but also the nerves, tendons not to mention everything else in your body.. Just another complications.. To do surgery I wouldn't have much benefit from because it will continue to be chronic but knitting is a good thing he said because it does keep them moving. The tendons will continue to tighten up just do more stretchs of the hands & fingers before getting out of bed, take hot showers and try this round of treatment for a couple weeks and go back to see him again then. Other then that hope for the best! He's surprised that my hips, knees, ankles feet & toes aren't worse. Of course whiile I was at his office.. I was having a bad day...
YEAH I don't have to stop knitting but deal with the pain and take this medication before bed to rest the nerves better while sleeping.. It knocked me out last night thats for sure!
Like my DRs continue to tell me in a nice way alls we can do at this point is treat systems in the order of borthersome at the time and hope for the best and move on to the next.. In another words suck it up and deal with it heres some more drugs!! I hate taking drugs of any kind... Then afterwords I went to 7 different medical supply stores, driving from town to town as well as CVS & Walmarts as well.. Haven't found any gloves at all. So I'm trying to bid on some on Ebay amnd someone keeps out bidding me..! Wish me luck! I'll try anything that helps. I just can't give up knitting! I knit everyday!
Of course I can always use a Fentnayl pain patch as needed too.. (wear upt o 72 hours at a time) ;o((((( Then I can't function and get very ill after about 6 hours!....

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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Now I'm on a short knitting break pending seeing the ortho doc on Friday about my hands, forearms, wrists & fingers cramping, hurting swelling pain!! It hurts so much to knit....but I keep on going I've been on short I mean real short knititng breaks a couple hours here or there, but I still knit. Its so hard to completely stop. I'm sure some of you out there can relate to that. Anyways during my research I found these three types but can't decide on which I should get. I can find them cheaper somewhere else online I'm sure from what I hear but doing a quick search here they are.. need opinions on which would be best and most helpful so I can continue to knit, spin & type....I stopped the cortisone injections for tendonitis (elbows), sick of the steriods in the long term it makes it worse anywway and the complication of side effects. I have found a comfortable position of keeping my arms very close to my body and have my elbows rest slightly on a pillow besides me while knitting.. Whatever works right!
Lots of knitty people have recommend these to me from knitty boards now which ones should I look into more.. Ohhhhh Can't decide!! Can't even find them here at the drug store Wal-Mart any other places I maybe able to find some??

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In the meantime I'm knitting very little at a time with breaks in-between rows.... sooo very sad ;o(( on the up side I ordered some regia silk which is on the way to me now can't wait! I'm so excited going to make socks... I have no problem fondling fiber & yarn......

Monday, January 23, 2006

Once, Twice, Three Times Round

You got it! Finally completed them! I actually lsot them in the bottom of a bag and they always seems to get overlooked and neglected. Finally I finished them! Once, Twice, Three Times Round can be found as a previous sock of the month kit from The Fifth Stitch They have LOTS & LOTs of sock yarns available! Tring to get some of those UFOs done so I can cast on more.. WOOHOO!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

What to do with Josephine?

Well once again I ripped & re-casted on for Josephine again! Someone had said the pattern had a mistake on row 2 after several attempts of knitting a pattern repeat then ripping again anad again I think I got it finally but am going to rip again! Still I've NEVER in my life had such a tough time getting going on anything like this.. Hopefully this is it! It's not a thick dense fabric as I expected from Cascade wool but it's so much softer then all there skeins I've used hmm I kinda wonder if this lot wasn't correct with the fiber because usually it's kinda scratchy and much thicker fabric when knitted not this it's sooooos soooooo soft???It's like knitting with a totally different yarn all together. I wonder if it's the color? Anyway still I wanted to use the yarn for it but now I'm not sure then I'd be stuck on what to do for my Josephine unless I order some sierra from knit picks? What a dilema! I only tried about a half dozen different yarns before deciding on cascade eco wool. Now stuck with all these other yarns...heeeheeehee Ok with me I'll do soemthing else with them

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Brazil Hardwood Needles

Well here they are my very own handmade by me 2 sets of 6 DPN, sizes 9 & 10. 7.5-8" long hard to get them all exact
Not bad for my first attempt....I wish I could find smaller hardwood dowels they were the smallest that I could find. Lots of work cutting and especially sanding until nice & smooth
Oh did I mention there scented!! Yes thats right scented DPN sweet orange! I rubbed and rubbed sanded and sanded and rubbed some more for that sweet orange scent of 100% pure grade A quality essential oil I think the scent is embeded deep down too....LOL
hmmm anyone want some??? Make me an offer I can't refuse but my hands & wrists are killing me!
I think I'm going to surprise a certain someone with them for the SP round but can't tell you which one theres 2 just starting could be a lucky one from knitty or blogger, or both~! One just never knows when they might receive a RAOK in there mailbox. Going to be making more in the next 2-4 weeks

Friday, January 20, 2006

Standing in the Shadows Socks!

Another completed sock from the Six-Sock-Along group. I used 2 different yarns for these. The red is from Elanns Sock it to me collection and the white is Regina knitted on US #2 DPNs
This was my first attempt at shawdow knitting I think they came out okay...I don't see any mistakes can you see the floating hearts? Kinda neat for Valentine's Day coming up.....

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Knitting Oympics - 22 days left

Yes, I did!! I signed up for the Knitting Olympics!! Yarn Harlot is having a challenge I just couldn't pass up
Like I have time for that... well I have to starting Feb 10th don't I I'll have to carry my knitting with me then. Were going to Disney on Ice that Sunday of course a whole day away from my knitting, wonder if I can bring my needles inside without a problem...They said no bags no camera, etc.hmmmm I brought some socks to knit while at a baseball game at Fenway Park....Yes I did my husband thought I was completly off my rocker! Drink on one side, knitting socks, up & down, crazy but I got some done.....

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Spun Quivet

Those muscrats are soo soft & cuddly

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Help Please searching for specific pattern

Oh I almost forgot I've been searching for the mobeius scarf pattern I think it's called can't remember the name but it takes just one skein of kids silk to make and it can be worn several different ways if your familar with it. A free pattern that you may see if fine with me too. Of if someone can direct me in the right palce. When we were in Ohio I seen the scarf in the knitting garden shop but all out of patterns, just my luck! I didn't sign up for the mailing because I'm so far away so dumb me can't even email and ask for a copy.
Anyone want to swap or something, RAOK for RAOK, anything...Let me know - Anyone!
I really need to make a few gifts and I want one for myself of course....

Friday, January 13, 2006

Secret Pal 7 Questionaire

Another blogger secret pal round.. There so much fun! As always looking forward to spoiling someone else as much as being spoiled..... I LOVE my mail........

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand?

I guess some would say yes I am a yarn snob but I've also been known to use the cheaper brands as well soft soft soft ones not rough

2. Do you spin? Crochet? yes & yes but prefer knitting over crochet anyday

3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

a plastic tote toolbox/lure box some may call it but it's more like a tool box

4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

intermediate - advanced no ones perfect or knows everything thats for sure

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

yes both amazon & knit picks

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

not to picky clean, fresh, STRONGER the better, cool, warm, sweet

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?


8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

soap & tolietries, scrapbook on occasions

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I believe so yes, country, classic rock mostly but all kinds

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

nautical, naturals, not any neon type, pretty open to many many colors

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

married, 3 children 17 3/4 y/o girl 5 3/4 y/o girl & 4 1/2 y/o boy, with a 7 y/o female kitty

12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?


13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

sock yarns especially my absolute favorites are Socks that Rock from or blue moon fibers and regia silk, cherry tree hill, mountain colors, anne & lorna laces sock yarns

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

100% synthetic

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

socks, sweaters & felted bag & more socks

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

socks mostly but anything, felted slippers

17. What are you knitting right now?

socks, sweaters, blocks, soap bags, jacket, scarf, mittens

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?


19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?


20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

bamboos, exotic hardwoods, & addis

21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

yes & yes

22. How did you learn to knit?

my grandmother as a child then self taught crash course to self of everything every technique I could find

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

a crochet blanket for my DD about 2 1/2 y/o it's HUGE like a super duper calif. king size

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

tweety, taz & spongebob

25. What is your favorite holiday?

4th of July used to be & halloween for the chocolate of course the kids shouldn't have it all right??? LOL

26. Is there anything that you collect?

besides yarn & fiber, notions, teas, starting on the teapots, lighthouses

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

rowan, IK, spin off, vogue hmm nto even sure but I think there expiring real soon if not already

28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?
Socks That Rock Yarn any color not picky,
12-16" circs sock sizes hard to find want to try something for sock knitting, a copy of wild fibers mag (never seen one), handpainted opal or raidforest or silk opals never tried them

29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

shawdow/modular knitting

30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Yes, US 8 - 9 usually knit socks to 9" at most

31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)


Any questions don't hesitate to ask matter how bizarre.... ;o)))))

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


See the lovely fiber.....YUM!! It was given to me to try.....Isn't Yak just delicious...natural colors of course creamy white and dark chocolate.... Can't wait to spin these up, still working on the Quiviut & wondering if anyone has any tips of advice for Guanaco 15-16 microns.... Just lucious all these exotic luxury fibers out there avaiable for us fiber addicts to play with isn't it!!.. Now what type of fiber is Guanaco anyway? I wonder if tehres something else I haven't tried yet...I'm sure there is and it's just waiting for me to find

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Completed over Holiday weekend

This is how I spent my long weekend! I managed to get a couple soap sock bags completed for a partial order

Then I spun up the fiber I received from my SP5 on knittyIt's 100% Merino, handcarded and dyed for me in her colorway called Fern. It's beautiful! I love it I ended up getting 2 skeins, 1 67 yards and 1 60 for a total of 127 yards! I love the variations of the greens such soothing colors

Then I finished plying off these skeins I had on my bobbins a sample of some perdigree dog a friend hobby loft had given me to try I ended up with 30 yards, 82 yards of the light brown llama & 56.6 yards of romney from some fleece I had. All of which are between a fingering to sport weight 3 ply

Now I'm working on spinning some quiviet.....

Monday, January 02, 2006

January 1st! ~ Polar Swim!

Yes, theres an actual Polar swim in Onset, MA each year. Not real Polar bears but just some local people who will do this sort of thing I guess.... The local fire department raised over $4000 this year local business also suporrt this and so many more. Well 2 of my husbands friends signed up for the swim.... So we had to go, it was off thew pier & freezing temperatures that for sure. I didn't get down on the beach but stayed up front on the edge of the pier with other spectaters so the pictures are that great but here they are
At noon a driving team headed in first

With ambulances, EMT and fire dept on stand by, the sirens & horns go off then Look at these fools runinning into the cold ocean.. OUCH!!!

and a funny one with a blow up doll took a swim together all the under water too! Brave soul thats for sure.
Some say these guys will have no sexual activity for almost a week! There was 1 woman who did the swim to.. yikes.. no it wasn't me althoguh I have done this once in my life but in Febuary at Revere, MA a long time ago.. Never again! Certianly is an experience of a lifetime

The event is all over very quickly and coffee, donuts & pizza are served back at the fire station..

Happy New Years!