Archive for January 2010

Cluck Cluck Cluck

January 28, 2010

Ok, call me chicken but I’m not getting out in this stuff.   My driveway is less than flat although not a mountain but still yet…it gets very slick.   My sidewalk out front is not flat either…imagine that!   It has a slight slope to it in spots and then there is the yard….enough said.   I’m barracaded in the house….with plenty of drinking water, grub and a nice warm kitty cat.   I can work from home via VPN so it isn’t like I’m sitting here knitting all day….darn it.  

If you know about our lovely yarn shop here in Norman, L & B Yarn Co., please check out their new group on Ravelry.   It will be a lot of fun!

I’m knitting away on the Bob-ette Blankie.   I’ve got a long ways to go…but here is the current pic:

To me, it has that rag rug effect and Marjie said it reminded her of Cabbage roses….that is good!   I’ll keep plugging along….there are miles to go……..

My co-worker’s daughter, Miss Berkeley, is a knitter.   She was very busy around Christmas and this is what she knitted for her mother:

Yes, I know her head is cut off..it was at her request.  🙂   But didn’t Berkeley do a great job?   Her mama wears it every day.   What a lovely gift!

And Miss Lexi is settled in for a warm winter’s nap….

I hope you stay warm and safe!

Sunny Sunday

January 24, 2010

I had several opportunities to knit with friends last week.  I knitted with friends Saturday a week ago, Monday evening, Wednesday evening and again this Saturday.   I love weeks like that!  

I have a friend who is having her first baby in March.   I knew when I heard that I wanted to knit her a blanket and the traditional tomato hat.   I procrastinated as usual and realized I have about two months to get this blanket knitted.   I knew I wanted to do a Bob Blankie but I wanted it to be soft and pastel-y since this will be a spring baby.  I found out last week that she is having a baby girl so the yellow/green combo I had originally planned wouldn’t work.   So I stopped in at L & B yesterday and checked out the Mission Falls 1824 Cotton Whirl.   I found the perfect colors and with the Whirl and skeins from my stash this is what I’ve started:

Doesn’t that look girly and feminine?   I think so.   I picked up the Whirl in Pastel and I have the cream and mint green in my stash.   Yay!   It feels so good to knit from my stash.   Oh and I renamed Bob since this is for a little girl.   I am naming this the Bob-ette Blankie.   lol 

And Lexi says:   Mama, would you please knit or something….I need my beauty sleep.

How Does This Happen??

January 17, 2010

I have not gone into a yarn shop this weekend.   I have not purchased yarn online.   But still…..I managed to acquire two new yarns.   How does this happen?   It happens because of like-minded friends who are yarn pushers!   lol   For your viewing pleasure:

This is Mini Mochi by Crystal Palace Yarns in the Autumn Rainbow colorway.   Thanks to Terri this yarn was acquired from her stash and jumped into my stash.  

Sorry for the semi-blurry picture.   Believe it or not I took 5 pictures of this yarn, 2 outside and 3 inside and for some reason my trusty cell phone camera (that normally takes better pictures than my digital) keeps blurring the colors.   Maybe the problem is that this is Wollmeise yarn?   The colors are so deep and instense that maybe my pitiful little cell phone camera can’t comprehend the beauty and intensity of these colors?   I have long admired the clarity and intensity of the colors of Wollmeise.  I’ve never seen any other yarn that manages to carry that off.   Ok, enough apologizing about the pictures…..this I managed to ‘appropriate’ through my friend Ellen.   She is the friend who haunts the net in the wee morning hours to pounce on the rare yarn that is next to impossible to purchase unless you do.   Thank you Ellen!!  Part of me wants to wind and knit immediately but the other part wants me to hang onto this lovely skein until the RIGHT project comes along.   I’m fairly certain this will not become socks.   There is no way I’d sully these magnificent colors by knitting this yarn into socks.   I am pretty sure this is destined to become a wrap or shawl of some type.   I’m a firm believer that variegated yarns do best when knitted in a simple pattern.   Why?  I want the variegated yarn to do the talking.   When knitting with a semi solid or solid colorway is when I think the pattern can be busy.   Could I be convinced otherwise?   Time will tell…………………..

I finished the Merci scarf and gave it away already.   So what am I knitting on now?   A sock…..for myself:

Do you recognize this yarn?   I bought it a year or two ago for a Dropped Stitch Scarf.   I knitted maybe 10-12 inches and realized it was all wrong for that project.   The color changes were too short to carry it off.   So I grabbed it from the stash and decided to knit it into a pair of socks.   Plain ole generic socks….with a 2 X 2 rib….Arucania Ranco Multi, size 1 needles.   I think the colors are great for socks.   No pooling, the short color changes make a few stitches pop.   I think I found the right project for this yarn.  Yay!

Eczema report:   I haven’t had any Splenda since my last post.   I have no new ‘spots’.   The old are fading but some are still hanging on.   Hard to explain but it is like it has to ‘wear off’ and this does not happen overnight.   I no longer wake up and itch like crazy.   This is good.  

Work is really intense right now.   It seems to consume my week days.   Not to mention I never know from one day to the next if I’ll be working past 6 PM or not.   Ugh.  

For those of you who have not been watching American Idol I present this video clip:

Enjoy!!

Happy New Year…..

January 10, 2010

One week after the fact….oh well….better late than never, right?

My first finished object of 2010 is…….The Merci Scarf!

Details in Ravelry.   Easy knit, love the yarn.   This is a thick-ish type scarf but sure to keep warm.

Our family finally celebrated our Christmas yesterday, yes the 9th.  Those of you here in Oklahoma know the blizzard we had on Christmas Eve.   I could not get out of my driveway let alone the neighborhood.   That nice long 4 day weekend kept me snowed in until late Sunday afternoon.   No Christmas that weekend.   So we thought we’d do it the next and my mother’s road is a rural country road and she told me it was difficult to travel.   Honestly, I thought she was exaggerating but then read that Tulsa schools were closed the 4th because of the back roads and she was vindicated.  🙂   Anyway, our family decided to draw names this year.   I am hesitant to say ‘draw’ because the names were assigned but….Michael got my name.   His aunt knows about my wishlist on Amazon and this is what I got:

I have to say these were not the books marked with higest priority but The Seven Things book looks like a great learning tool especially for those who are doing TKGA.   It not only has tips, the pictures are in color and there are patterns!   I’m always wanting to learn more about how to get my stitches to behave properly so this looks like a book that will definitely do the trick. 

The rest of this post is non-knitting related.   Since 2003 or 2004 I have been plagued with nummular eczema.   It first appeared on the tops of my hands.   I had one patch get so large I was wearing a large bandage to cover it when I’d go workout.   It was very embarrassing and no matter what ointment I put on it would not go away.   I finally went to a dermatologist.   He diagnosed nummular eczema and had me go to a compounding pharmacist who told me this doctor was a wizard and I’d be healed in no time.   Not true.  His compound did make the large patches go away but one week later I was covered in patches of contact dermatitis.   Back to the dermatologist and he asked me what I was so stressed about.   The eczema!! And now the contact dermatitis.   He put me on prednisone.  That seemed to do the trick but as soon as I started dosing down the dermatitis came right back.   Once again I went to the dermatologist and I asked him could this be something I’m eating?   He said nooooooooo slowly but then said let me give you the list of foods people with psoriasis need to avoid.  Wow.   I was eating everything on the list except for rhubarb!   So I started eliminating those foods one by one.   When I stopped eating eggs that seemed to make a huge difference.   Then one night I woke up in an itching frenzy and I felt like I was laying in a bed of itchiness.   At the time I had an eggcrate mattress on the bed.   When I removed it the itchiness seemed to ease.   That made me think I was allergic to latex.   So I put a plastic cover on the mattress and that really helped.   The dermatitis went away and for all these years I’ve suffered with bouts of cracked knuckles eaten up with eczema.   It did go away for about 3 months awhile back.   I was amazed because I did not know what I’d eliminated that had been the culprit.   Last fall when on a trip to St. Louis/Kansas City the eczema came back and attacked my pinky fingers, spots that had not been affected so far.   Something I ate at a KC bbq place kicked it back into full attack.   I broke out on my knuckles and spots on my hands not previously affected.   I broke out on the sides of my thighs, my backside and the sides of my torso.   Bright red crusty spots that itch.   I had some ideas of what maybe I’d taken that caused it but nothing specific.   So everything was healing and fading somewhat when this past week I had eaten some Cream of Wheat for breakfast with a spoonful of Splenda brown sugar.   It was like I had poured alcohol on those spots and the intense burn/itch was on.   Since I knew what I’d eaten I decided to look up Spenda allergies.   Well, nothing specifically addresses what I have except for the mention of skin rash.   I wouldn’t call what I have a simple rash.   Or is it?    That was Thursday morning.  I have not used any Splenda since.  I had to take a prescription antihistimine that night but since then I have not had those intense itchy periods.   The splotches on my hands are no longer itching nor are they inflamed.   Could I be on to something?  I use Splenda almost daily.   I use it in my iced tea and I drink that nearly every day.  I only use it on hot cereal and I eat that mostly in the winter.  The year that I first broke out I was using Splenda in my hot tea every morning.   Could it be that heat makes the reaction stronger?  I read some of the other reactions and those were not good.   My mother used it in coffee and kept getting very nauseous immediately after and stopped using it.   If anyone else  has had some negative reactions to Splenda, I’d love to hear from you.