the knitting ref

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Angels and things made right...



Angels and things made right….

Sorry, but it’s the hubster AGAIN! – and I’m going to get religious on you this time.

Here is an angel (fiberoptic with changing colors) that was given to the kittyref the end of last year. We initially thought it was on the corny side, but interestingly enough, it is one of those things that in the evening with some nice music we turn on more often than not.

Yesterday, I mentioned that the knittyref’s new protocol of chemotherapy was to start today. This morning was NOT a good morning for the knittyref and she really did not want to start today. We went to City of Hope anyway. However, when we saw her doctors (two wonderful doctors] they asked her if she would mind not starting until Monday due to some complications that another patient had had with this protocol. WHAT A RELIEF!

Her angels had stepped in….

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Memories, Events and Startis and not much Endis…..

Memories, Events and Startis and not much Endis…..

Sorry, but it’s the hubster AGAIN!

The knittyref hasn’t been feeling up to snuff—lots of sleeping and not really feeling all that good as she gets ready for her next protocol of chemo on Wednesday. Of course, if you haven’t heard, the bizzarro weather we’ve had for the last few days hasn’t helped any – snow, yes SNOW in southern California, just over a week ago and then the WIND – you know Mariah! Well, yesterday was the first day in over 2 weeks she’s had the opportunity to sit outside and bask in the sun.

I know, to most people 1 inch of snow doesn’t mean much, but around here, it’s big stuff. We had the hail storm last year that made it look like snow, but this was the real, honest-to-goodness stuff. It stuck around a lot longer than I anticipated, probably 1 to 1-1/2 hours. So it made me think about cold weather gear. We spent last weekend in Henderson, NV visiting the in-laws, where the warmest it ever got was upper 40’s.

Anyway, I said MEMORIES…. Well, it’s now 9 years to the day since I [the hubster] cruised into town (with some bare necessities – you know – some personal things, 2 dogs, the dog house [in case I really ticked her off], a computer, and a vehicle) to see if the knittyref and I could put together the wonderful life we have had all these years. I remember entering the State of California very early in the morning and the officer at the entry station asking me if I had any animals just as one of my dogs (Great Pyrenees) poked a huge head out the window – surprise! WOW!, what a ride the knittyref and I have had since then!

Then, I said EVENTS…. Well, the girl-child has asked -- and has moved back in with her “significant other” as of this past weekend (with major conditions attached). We now have a full house as both of the kids are now home (19 and 20)! The knittyref is glad to have the girl-child present, but, only time will tell if this is for the best…..

So instead of packing the sweater that’s ¾’s finished, or the waterfall scarf. The knittyref started a hat from some of the Noro leftover from the sweater she finished in November. And, because she wanted to make a pair of combo gloves/mittens as the others were wearing out so fast, she packed the equipment necessary for that. The yarn for these, by the way, is some of the New Zealand haul. It’s a rather unusual fiber combination. It’s 30% possum and 70% merino. Interesting, eh? In NZ possum are not a native inhabitant, and in fact at rather destructive. They are one of the main reasons the Kiwi bird is an endangered species (the possums eat the eggs). All that said, the yarn is incredibly soft and warm.

And, just cause the yarn is so pretty, she started a scarf from the lace-weight yarn she also hauled back from NZ. So there you see, with the exception of the 2-sided sweater, all the current projects she has going. So since she’s only knitting a couple rows a day, this may well be her project output for 2007. (her words) We’ll see……

In closing, I sincerely hope that this latest protocol will bring the knittyref a renewed energy as she certainly is due…. Thanks for all of your thoughts and support out there!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Lots of Startis but no Enditis


I still haven’t been feeling up to snuff—I know, big shock—and so not much has been happening, other than a lot of sleeping. The bizzarro weather hasn’t helped any. Today was the first day in over 2 weeks I’ve had the opportunity to sit outside in the sun.

I know, to most people 1 inch of snow doesn’t mean much, but around here, it’s big stuff. We had the hail storm last year that made it look like snow, but this was the real, honest-to-goodness stuff. It stuck around a lot longer than I anticipated, probably 1 to 1-1/2 hours. So it made me think about cold weather gear. We spent the weekend in Henderson, NV visiting the in-laws, where the warmest it ever got was upper 40’s.

So instead of packing the sweater that’s ¾’s finished, or the waterfall scarf. I started a hat from some of the Noro leftover from the sweater I finished in November. And, because I wanted to make a pair of combo gloves/mittens as the others were wearing out so fast, I packed the equipment necessary for that. The yarn for these, by the way, is some of the New Zealand haul. It’s a rather unusual fiber combination. It’s 30% possum and 70% merino. Interesting, eh? In NZ possum are not a native inhabitant, and in fact at rather destructive. They are one of the main reasons the Kiwi bird is an endangered species (the possums eat the eggs). All that said, the yarn is incredibly soft and warm.

And, just cause the yarn is so pretty, I started a scarf from the lace-weight yarn I also hauled back from NZ. So there you see, with the exception of the 2-sided sweater, all the current projects I have going. Since I’m only knitting a couple rows a day, this may well be my project output for 2007. We’ll see.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Now Best Friends

Well, it's the hubster again... signing in for the Knittingref.

In the last post, Gimli (the Pug) was the new member of the family and trying to fit in with the rest of the menagerie. Now several days later, Gimli has decided that he is best friends with Eowyn (the Great Pyrenees). They are best buds, doing everything together including curling up together.

Health-wise, the Knittingref has had a few days filled with of lots of fatigue. A couple of her workmates [and grandma] came over yesterday for a tea party and a good time was had by all. Otherwise, baseline tests were done on Tuesday in preparation of the new chemo protocol coming. We are anticipating good results to come as a result!

Knitting-wise, the waterfall beaded scarf is progressing slowly and will be a thing of beauty when finished – more pictures later. [Probably, better than pictures of the animals!]

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Newest Family Member


This is being brought to you by the Hubster, not due to any particular infirmity of the Knitting Ref, we're just slowly working on bring him over to the dark side.

And yes, there is a new, albeit hopefully, temporary member of the household. This is (was) Petey the Pug, but the Hubster in all his LOTR’s fascination has renamed the poor baby Gimli (after the dwarf). Petey/Gimli has settled in nicely with the other puppers in the family, but the cats are a completely different story. That will definitely take some doing.

On the health side of things, I’m feeling better—actually took a walk about the shortest block we have—and almost didn’t make it. But food are once again taking on an appeal, although selection thereof has to be made carefully and with great thought.

No new knitting worth showing by now, but the I have a feeling the Waterfall Scarf is going to The be Xmas gift for 2007.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

An Honest to Goodness Post

What with the health issues temporarily resolved and the holidays out of the way, maybe I can get an actual post here.

As to health issues, the chemo I’ve been on has stopped working, so we are investigating options. On the other hand it’s a good thing we’re stopping a this chemo is giving my immuno system a beating. After sleeping 19 hours last Tuesday, we went in to discover my platelette count was only 19,000 (normal for chemo patients is 150,000). No wonder I was so tired. And cold. Very cold. One of the other side effects of this chemo (they all seem to have so many) is that it makes your extremities feel like they are in contact with dry ice for a number of days after infusion. That includes drinking liquids too. Too much fun.

So, to counteract that, I had this cheapo kit from Target for fingerless mitts that were, fortunately, a really quick knit. Downside is they are made from reeeeaaaallllyyy low quality acrylic and are already stetching and pilling badly. They won’t last long. But since my hands seems to be continually cold (yes, in Southern California), I’ll be making another, better quality pair with short fingers, something along the line of Knucks (without all the frou frou) .
I have another FO believe it or not. Plain vanilla sock made with Autermann Step Yarn. It has Aloe and Jojoba oils in it. I really liked the way they knit up and the way they feel on the foot even after a few washings. I’d definitely get some more of that yarn. Mac the official sock inspector likes them too.

What is not an FO is my 2-sided sweater. I think it’s because I have forbidden myself to start another sweater with yarn I got in NZ since it uses the same size needeles. And I really want to start that sweater. And I really was to finish this sweater. So, I’m just contrary enough not to work on either of them at all.

I did start a bit on this gorgeous laceweight yarn that I got in New Zealand. Don’t know why the picture came out so blurry. The colors are outstanding and the yarn feels good; I’m just not up to a fancy pattern. But it will come.

And, my last weakness for 2006, went I went on www.earthfaire.com for beads for the Winter’s Eve socks (more on that below), I found this gorgeous Waterfall Beaded scarf kit (a decent finished picture of which I can't seem to locate anywhere on the web) which just magically arrived along with the beads for Winter’s Eve. The pattern is shockingly easy and the scarf will look even better after it’s blocked. Can’t wait.
I mentioned before that I got the last 2006 installment of 2006 STR Club. I have to say I wasn’t overly impressed with the majority of the selections that arrived, and a few I wouldn’t have picked at all. But the girls at STR hit a home run with these last 2. Since I didn’t have the beads for the Winter’s Eve socks (the pattern included in the pagkage), I decided to start on the Rare Gem yarn that I got. Honey, if this was a mistake, I want more mistakes like this. The colors are spectacular. In my haste I just started a plain vanilla sock, but it quickly became apparent that the color variations required something really special. So. shortly after that picture was taken, it was frogged. Because I think this yarn requires they become Here They Be Dragons socks. And so they shall.
Well, this has used just about all the energy I’ve got for the evening so I’ll end here for now.