Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm back.

I think I might revive this blog. Just have to figure out how to do it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Still no knitting

I got my cast changed today. This new one is really really tight, so I doubt if I'll be able to knit. The scheduled removal date is April 8th.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

No knitting for a while

On Saturday, Feb 23rd, I slipped on some ice and jammed my wrist. I must have known deep down that I did some serious damage because I said to my daughter “it feels like I broke my wrist.” However, I could move my wrist and my fingers (although it was extremely painful to do so), so we assumed it was just a bad sprain and went on with our day. When we got home, I iced it and continued to ice it for the rest of the weekend.

On Monday, it was still pretty swollen, so I decided to let my doctor check it. He didn’t seem to think it was broken, but he sent me for xrays. Sure enough, the xray showed a fracture of the large bone - it's called a distal radius fracture. I saw an orthopedist on Tuesday, and he re-set the bone (OUCH!!) and put on a cast. Daily routine can be difficult with a cast, but I have figured out how to get dressed. I have to wrap my arm in a plastic garbage bag to keep the cast dry when I shower. I think the biggest annoyance is that I can’t drive. Our kids aren’t involved in that many activities, but there are enough things going on that it’s difficult for Rob to have to do it all. Thankfully, he hasn’t had to go on any business trips. I will get the big cast off on March 18th and after that things should be a little easier because I’ll be able to move my elbow. The doctor said it will be painful, though.

The biggest deal, for me personally, is that I can’t knit. I have become a really avid knitter and not being able to do it is a really upsetting. I had so many lace projects lined up, but now I have to re-think my plans. I had just started Secret of the Stole II. I was using colourmart cashmere, but since I didn't get very far, I've decided to rip it out and save the yarn for something else. I also have the yarn for dem-fischer-sin-fru but I never started it, so I'll save that yarn also. I had planned on knitting mystic light using my Hand Maiden sea silk, but the KAL is starting soon. I think I'll check out everyone's photos before I decide if I should knit it. I am about 60% done with the spring shawl surprise, and I plan to finish it once I can knit again.

Spring Shawl Surprice

Here is a picture of the shawl through clue 4. I am actually about one third of the way through clue 8, but I am now stalled due to a fractured wrist.

I am completely addicted to the mystery shawl KAL's. So far, I've completed Mystery Stole 3 and Secret of the Stole. I'm currently working on Mystic Waters, and I've signed up for Spring Shawl Surprice, Secret of the Stole II, and once I figure out how, I plan to sign up for Secret of the Bad Neiheim.

This is my swatch for SSS. The yarn is zephyr wool-silk in magenta, I used US sz 3 needles (3.25mm), and it turned out to be 13x10 cm. I like the way it looks, but I might try it again with size 2 needles because it's a little bigger than I'd like. I have a lot of zephyr in my stash, but this is my first time knitting with it, and now I understand why everyone loves it. It's really pleasant to knit with and I think it will make a gorgeous shawl.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Mystic Waters Shawl

This KAL started back on October 24th. My progress has been slow because I've been busily keeping up with Secret of the Stole. Now that's finished so hopefully I can catch up on this one. The yarn is from yarnchef on etsy. It's 100% merino in the colorway carribbean. It's really soft and I love knitting with it. This lace takes a lot of concentration, but I know it's going to be worth it in the end.

Clue 2 completed November 18

Clue 3 completed November 30.

Clue 4 completed December 7. Isn't it amazing what a difference the light can make when you take photos. The first picture is actually the most accurate representation of the color. The second one looks too blue and this one looks too washed out.

Clue 5 completed December 17th. It's getting difficult to get a good picture now because it's getting big.

Clue 6 completed December 26.
Clue 7 completed January 5.
Clue 8 completed January 12.

Blocked and photographed - January 15th.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday Harbor Socks

The pattern for these is from Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road, and the yarn is Mountain Colors Bearfoot in wild raspberry. I knit these fairly quickly because the yarn is thick, and I used size 3 needles.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Secret of the Stole

September 17, 2007
Sometimes I think half the fun of knitting is picking out a project and then finding the right materials to use. Here is my swatch for Secret of the Stole. The yarn is Knitpicks Shadow in the redwood forest colorway. I also have some Shadow in the lost lake colorway, which is a dark green, but I think I'll stick with this color for now. I'm having a difficult time choosing the right beads. Here are the choices. On the far left of the swatch, placed vertically are sz 6 beads in light topaz. The rest of the beads are size 8. The next two over, placed vertically are silver-lined crystal. Toward the bottom, placed horizontally are dark topaz. The next two, placed vertically are crystal rainbow, then there are two black opaque beads placed vertially, and on the bottom are two green metallic beads, placed horizontally. In this photo, the crystal rainbow beads really show nicely, but I also like the dark topaz or the green metallic. I don't really like the larger ones - I think they're too big for this. The black opaque beads don't show up very well, and if I'm going to the trouble of putting beads on this, I want them to be visible. I have a couple weeks left before I decide for sure.

I decided to go with the crystal rainbow beads. Here's a picture of hint 1 completed on October 12. The beads don't show up very well in the pictures, but on the real stole they look nice.

Hint 2 Oct 16

Hint 3 Oct 24

Hint 4 Oct 29

Hint 5 Nov 5

Hint 6 Nov 14

Hint 7 Nov 2o

Hint 8 Nov 26

Blocking - Nov 28

Finished Nov 29 – Photo 1

Finished Nov 29 – Photo 2