Monday, April 07, 2014

Drive-By Blogging

It's been a rough month, Loyal Reader, but the end is in sight. (More about that after the knitting stuff, okay?)

I ran out of room on the 60" circular needle, so I have declared the 2014 Hexagon Scrapghan to be finished. Point to point, it is 72" across and odds and ends of all sorts of animal fibers.

It's a wonderfully snuggly blankie. (See comments at the end.)

And a special request from the Baby Grands (Tiny Prince Original, Tiny Prince Two/Too, and Purple Warrior Princess): Basic slippers, ala Minions!

These will go in the mail tomorrow or the next day (see below).

BELOW: I have been nursing what was thought to be Give It Time and It will Go Away Sciatica which Did Not Go Away.

Last Tuesday, I was scheduled for back surgery (simple, outpatient, an hour, tops) that turned into an overnight stay in the hospital on multiple monitors with dual (dueling) IVs and postponement due to heart issues (serious, non-life threatening).

Postponed surgery is now scheduled for tomorrow (time TBA) and I will probably be stuck overnight again for "observation.

The prognosis for my back and legs is good. I have been told that the relief (pain) will be almost immediate and that the strength will return to my legs, probably the right before the left.

I am not inclined to request prayers (that just isn't who I am), but if you could keep a good though for me, I would appreciate it.

On a happy note, I have crossed two off my Bucket List: ride in an ambulance and inject drugs. I will no longer need to contemplate again doing either! But I really had hoped to sit in the front and work the siren.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Does This Pom Make My Butt Look Fat?

Garter square bunnies from here to fill the eggs that fill the egg covers. Sort of like those Russian Nesting Toys.

I never realized how fond I am of them until I counted how many (several) we have.

So, now I am making them.

Sort of.

Knitting this week has been confined to 1) small fiddly things (the only things I've been able to finish) and  2) the never-ending Scrapghans  (actually just one of those and I am on the home stretch --or I had better be, I am running out of room on the 60" circular needle!

There are several UFOs on the needles. Perhaps there will be more FOs to report next Sunday. . .

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Disappointment Colored All My Dreams

Well, not all of them, but certainly this one!

Old pattern for an egg cover. Fiddly pain in the @$$ to construct. It's meant to fit a Cadbury egg, but I sincerely doubt it.

Back to bunnies!! Need several more.

Younger Son wants to give a couple to small friends and the Baby Grands will be getting some.

Bunnies. Not chicks.

The Eagle (Twist) has landed.

Speaking of fiddly!

The plan is to enter this one in the fair (maybe) then to donate it to an on-air auction for Rotoplast (charity that provides surgical repair for cleft lip/palate patients in Third World (mostly) countries.

I'm not sure this is up to my usual expectations, so I will be casting on something lacy later and allow the coordinator to select.

I do like the colors.

Various Kool-Aid dyed shades on the same base yarn as the main color. Coned stuff from Spinrite Mills in Canada (anyone remember them?) that I have had stashed far too long.

This is a wait and see for me. Plenty of time to redo.

The drop at the cabled center section is a little more than 12" and the span is about 6'.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bunny Butts

I've continued making the rabbit-shaped egg covers for the Baby Grands' Easter surprises.

These are an assortment of wool/acrylic blend yarn, leftovers from other projects.

But something was missing! So a trip to the local Big Box (I think I wound up at Michael's) was in order.

There! Isn't that better?

Last Sunday after I posted, we made our way to the Allentown Fairgrounds Agri-Plex for the annual Garden Show.

It's small. It's doable in an hour or so (about all I was willing to handle) and it costs 8 bucks. Not Philly. Not Chicago. But close to home and affordable.

And with ducklings.

And trains.

A bit of spring right in our back yard.


Sunday, March 09, 2014

Just Off; Going On the Needles

latest car seat blankie

up close and personal-can you see them?
I am hoping that the intended recipient is not one of the three of you reading this blog!

and the next project

A dear friend and fellow Rotarian assists with a project called Rotoplast. Every year in December, our local district holds an on-air auction to raise funds for the project. This will be my 3rd donation of a handmade shawl. It's a small thing, but one child will have a happy smile (and be able to eat) as a result of my donation.

The yarn is wool, from The Great Cone Sale at Webs that I over-dyed years ago in the Great Kool-Aid Experiment. It was time to put it to good use! The cone top right is the original "amber;" the cakes to the left are just some of the variations on a theme.

I am really looking forward to finally putting this yarn (that I originally bought for charity knitting) to good use.

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Hippity Hoppity

Egg covers

Easter's on its way. . .

There will be more!


Sunday, March 02, 2014

Car Seat Blankies, Again

Working my way through the car seat blanket booklet has been (pick one) challenging, mind-numbing, an exercise in stupidity, a good way to replenish the baby gift stash.

Number 4 is shown at left. Lace Stitch. This is one of those patterns that I love to hate. It's unbalanced and biases, and even a good soak and dress helps only temporarily. I know that it will revert to parallelogram soon.

Close up of the pattern stitch (4 row pattern, stockinette on 3 rows, YO, K 2 tog on the 4th. I followed the pattern as written. If I do this one again, I will change up every other eyelet row so that the biasing is less severe.

In the meantime, this one is in the gift box along with booties to match.

Next up, Variation On the Theme. The beginning of another car seat blanket, this time in true cables that will be embellished.

I tried (really, I did) a tried and true spelled out version of this cable. After several trips to the virtual and real Frog Pond, I googled and found the cable charted.

Smooth sailing (as long as I don't run out of yarn)!

And now, in the category of I Stand Corrected: The Cascade Greenland behaved beautifully after it's soak and block! It's still sproingy, but is considerably more drapey and grew quite a lot. I am pleased. (But I still think it was the wrong yarn for the project.)

Yarn review: Valley Yarns' Valley Superwash (100% extra fine merino) which is Webs' ( house brand is super soft and a real pleasure to work with. I bought it specifically to make baby garments in pink, ice blue, and spring leaf. It is perfect for that task.

And a bit on my back. Yes, I saw a doctor. No, it isn't my back. It's sciatica. It's painful. I have drugs. And exercises. And a sock full of hot rice. If it isn't better in 4 more days (or starting to get better), I will also have steroids.

And there is more snow in the forecast. I. Cannot. Take. Any. More. Winter. DONE!

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