Monday, October 27, 2014

The Hospital Diet Plan

So I've been a good girl for awhile; no refined sugar, no gluten or much grain at all, no dairy, no alcohol, exercise. Did I lose any weight?  No.  Here's the method that works. Fly at short notice to Nevada to keep your DD company in the hospital. She has a flare up of IBD and can't eat, so she's skin and bones. I sit here and knit (that's going well) and try to find palatable and healthy food to eat. That's apparently impossible in a hospital :). So I seem to have lost about 3 pounds since Friday. Not the most recommended way, but hey whatever works!! ( I'm not really serious here, ya know.)

The Princess is managing well, her pain has lessened, but she can't tolerate food. So we're in a holding pattern, waiting to see what happens. I've been knitting her a big cardigan sweater and am almost done. It was going to be a surprise, but I showed her and she likes it. We've been planning a bright color for the pocket linings so I'm going to explore a yarn store here today and see what I can find. Traveling without my stash at hand is very unsettling. I also need to find buttons. I'll post a photo when I can. Eventually I'll end up in the desert with DH, and I'm looking forward to that.   Looking forward to better days and getting out of here!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two in a Row

I'm busy finishing up things here in the Northwest so I can head down and join DH in the desert in a little over a week.  I got a bit distracted this morning by the Great Blue Heron who stood motionless on our beach for a long time waiting for a chance to catch his breakfast.  I had to photograph him from inside the house so as not to open a slider and scare him, but I did the best I could.  He was big and beautiful.  (Heron's gender is chosen arbitrarily as I don't really know that it was a male!)

I think he was unsuccessful in his fishing here and majestically flew away after spending at least a half hour here.  His wingspan was very impressive as was his graceful flight over the water.

In crafting news, I've been working on a big sweater called Warm Wishes.  It's going to be big and cozy and a gift, so I won't say more about that.  I'm using Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in the Thunderstorm colorway.  This yarn is amazing and I've already been stalking destashes on Ravelry in the quest to get more.  I don't remember where I got this yarn but I'm glad to actually be using something from my stash.  The problem will be if I find more to replace it right away.  Don't need it, don't need it, don't need it.....

Anyway, this sweater has the most interesting construction I've every done.  You do a provisional cast on (I used an extra KnitPicks circular needle and left the stitches on the cable, which worked great) and then knit bottom up from the armpits to the collar.  Then you turn around and, using the held stitches, knit down toward the bottom.  After a few inches, you make the fronts of the pockets.  I thought these were going to be way too high but they turned out not to be.  You knit across the back, then the other pocket section.  Very amazing but easy if the (very specific) directions are followed carefully.  It's going more quickly than sweaters usually do for me and I think it's because it's so interesting.

Lastly, I did some spinning.  My wheel has been very lonely since Tour de Fleece, but I got busy and spun a nice braid of Squoosh Fiber Arts Merino/Silk.  I spun it worsted and tried to make it a bit thicker than my usual, so it's probably between DK and worsted weight.  I think it's soft and pretty.

A cool thing that I accomplished a couple of months ago was taking apart my Woolee Winder and cleaning it.  I have two Lendrum double treadle wheels and a Woolee Winder for each.  Both winders were in the desert, and I was having trouble with one.  So I brought it home for the summer, intending to have DH help me take it apart and see what was wrong.  Well, I decided to do it myself one day.  I had the specific cleaning directions that came with it and I carefully followed them and successfully got it apart, washed, and back together.  Success!  It works now, too.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Okay, okay

The hordes have been clamoring for a blog update (well, two have anyway) so here I go.  What's been going on since I last provided any real information?  A lot, which is probably why I fell down on the job of reporting.

My last informational post was last March (!) and a couple of weeks after that, DH suffered a stroke.  Fortunately it was mild as strokes go, but boy do you learn to appreciate the ease of thinking, walking, speaking, and writing when those things become difficult.  He started therapy right away and after a couple of sessions, was released to follow up on his own.  The warm pool at our condo complex in the desert was great for him to work in and he did that regularly until we left to come up north.  His first goal was to play golf and dance at his son's wedding on May 17th.  I'm happy to report that he did both.

He's doing pretty well now, in fact he put together numerous Ikea chairs and bookcases as we furnished our new house in Washington.  Great Occupational Therapy!  He also built a large raft and firepit, which came out beautifully.  He still gets tired quite easily and frustrated and there's a lot of room for improvement, but he was able to drive a fully loaded car from Seattle to Palm Desert by himself and that's a great accomplishment.

We came north in May to prepare the house for the arrival of the two kids who were not getting married, enjoyed their visit and the wedding, and then went back to pack up the car and drive home for the summer.  Since DH was limited in his endurance, we planned a nice trip through Las Vegas to see kids, Zion National Park, Salt Lake City, Boise, Walla Walla and then home.  We took a week and had a great time seeing places we hadn't visited together.  We also listened to an audio version of The Boys in the Boat, which you should listen to or read if you're one of the three people in the US who hasn't yet.

We went on two hikes at Zion.  This one had you walking in rushing water on slippery rocks to continue on the trail.  We went for awhile but it got sort of deep and I didn't think it was a good idea to go too far.  Beautiful sights, though!

We made it home safely after spending a nice night by the River Walk in Boise, and doing some wine tasting in Walla Walla.  All in all, a very enjoyable way to get here.

When we left off last time, I had said that I put longer sleeves onto my Brynna cardigan.  Indeed I did, and I wore it to an evening movie, where it was just the right weight and coverage.

As far as other knitting goes, the big things I have finished:  Neon,

  Posh Petals,

and Transmute.

There are always socks and other random small items I'm working on.  For example, I'm making some golf club covers for DH.  He bought new clubs so he can start playing more often, so what else to ask for than knitted covers, right?  Here's the brightest one so far:


I've become obsessed by yarn from The Plucky Knitter and have added quite a few skeins to my collection, but at least I'm using some of it, right?  All the projects pictured here use that yarn.  Hey, must be time to get more!

So this doesn't get too tedious, I'll stop now and continue on real soon, I promise!  Have a great day!