This was post-surgery still in the hospital.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
This was post-surgery still in the hospital.
Friday, January 30, 2009
I'm talking about the socks I knit. The socks where Saint Valentine (the Roman dude now known as the saint of lovers), Juno (the Goddess of women and marriage), or the high-pitch-wicked-excited teenager on a puppy love high, vomited on my feet.
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Mixed Berries
Started: January 25, 2009
Finished: January 30, 2009
Pattern: Kinda my own. Kinda.
I say it's my own pattern because I didn't actually follow a pattern. But I say kinda, because really these are just basic toe-up socks with ribbing. Basic notes on the construction to follow:
Basic provisional cast-on and knit the toe. I use additional reinforcement elastic thread when working the toe (and the heel). Oh, and I have now decided that my toe-up socks will need to change. I have made a couple of socks now and I have decided I make the toe too narrow. I mean these would go great in a nice pair of pointy shoes. But lets face it, pointy stiletto heels, my hand knit socks, and a molecular biology lab don't mix. So I'm going to have to revamp my toe. I'll do some reading up on toe variations. If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear about it (as usual via comments or slroy10 at gmail dot com).
For this part I did ribbing on the top part of the foot and plain knit on the bottom. To replicate my ribbing:
R1: *K2, p1 (repeat over the top of the foot and switch to knit stitch for the sole)
R2: repeat R1
R3: repeat R1
R4: purl across (again switch to knit stitch for the bottom of the foot)
Repeat the 4 rows for as long as necessary. I actually made these socks a little too big. These might fit a size 8 instead of my size 7 foot. But it's okay, I've been wearing double socks lately so I can just layer these over another pair!
I think what I did is called an afterthought heel. But I'm not exactly sure. I'm going to pick up a sock book and learn a little more about different types of sock construction. Again, I held the elastic reinforcement thread for the heel.
Rejoin and do the 4row repeats all the way around. End with a picot bind-off.
Yes, these wicked girly socks had to have a wicked girly looking bind-off. I found this very informative video from YouTube on how to do a picot bind off. Very stretchy, maybe too much. I'm afraid these might slide down. But I think these might fold down to make a cute little bobbi sock.
So yes, even though I am not a big fan of Valentine's Day, I now have a pair of Valentines Day socks. Unintentionally made so. I'm still thinking of a name. I was going to call them something along the lines of Valentine's UpChucked Socks. But really, the yarn is pretty. Just wicked girly. And the ruffled edges just scream "Like OMG!". So as soon as I come up with a name I will edit this post with the name.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The other day I received a message on Ravelry asking for my permission to feature a photo of my Heavenly Warm Leg Warmers, on the Ravelry pattern page for the Verena Leg Warmers (#09 Leg Warmers by Verena Design Team)!
So it's probably because only one other person has actually knit the item....
Still! I was both surprised and super excited and just wanted to share that with you!
Monday, January 26, 2009
It was gross.
I'll spare you of all images (actually I was going to take pictures for the blog and the SO and I agreed, you'd probably not want to see it). I'll let you use your creative minds to visualize the shat that spit out of the drains. Luckily the apartment management thought this was an emergency and came over right away to take care of things. And after cleaning (okay, I have some OCD-like qualities - we disinfected like whoa) the apartment is once again clean. And after burning some Body Shop oils, it now smells like fresh Satsuma.
Speaking of throwing up. I'll show you my current knitting project.
It's actually not that bad and if you like girly things you will like it.
I have been all about the quick knits lately. Maybe I'm still avoiding my Dollar & 1/2 cardigan. Maybe I'm still peeved about that cursed scarf. Maybe - just maybe - I'm so tired and pissy/moodly lately I want quick little functional knits. That's probably it. Otherwise, out of all the yarns I have, I don't know why I would have picked this yarn out of the stash.
The yarn is Knit Picks Felici (color: Mixed Berries). It is cute. If you like St. Valentine himself throwing up on your feet. It's just a little too girly for me.
I'm knitting it toe up. Basic ribbing but I've added a purl every 4th row. I'll have more details in a few days, after I finish it. I just wanted to show you all the types of gross that I am surrounding myself with today.
I hope this post does not find you while eating. Enjoy!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I received My Fitness Coach for Christmas from my Bro and BroSO. I started it as soon as I returned to Indiana (btw -- I also have WiiFit and I am not too enthused by that one). Thus far, I have been working with Maya for about 2.5 weeks and I have already lost about 5 pounds. And that's with the off-the-medication induced hypothyroidism, which usually causes you to gain weight! Another bonus is since I started this workout program, I have found my hypothyroidism isn't kickin' my butt too bad. I mean, I'm still tired and moody (as SO can verify!), but this video game is really helping me bust through the month long off-meds-cancer check thing. So overall in terms of my personal health, this video game is really helping me!
So for the review:
You start the game with setting up your personal profile and completing an initial fitness test. This is so Maya can show you what you need to work on for long-term goals. This fitness test has you enter in your weight, measurements (bust, waist, hips, biceps, thighs - scary but no one is watching, it's okay!) and then you complete a few assessment tests. She has you take your resting heart rate, then your elevated heart rate after 2 minutes of jumping jacks -- man I haven't done those in forever! You also do some squats, pushups (eh), crunches and tests you flexibility. After all of these are complete, Maya will then complete the fitness evaluation and set up a suggested program, however you can change it to focus on what you want for goals. Your long-term goals can focus on weight loss, cardio, upper body, lower body, core strength or flexibility. From here you can set up weekly goals (Commitment) as to how frequently and how long you want to exercise. Good thing is that you can always modify your fitness goals at any time. The initial personal fitness assessment is a one time only -- although she does test you again (mine was about a week later), just to make sure you are improving and on your way to fitness.
Once you have your personal goals you can start your workout! First you choose your daily focus (your workout for the day). You can choose from a variety of workouts such as yoga, cardio, upper or lower body, core or flexibility. Maya will basically take your long-term goals into consideration, your workout for today and make a fitness routine for you. From here, you can choose from a variety of workout environments (spas, resorts, meditation gardens, urban studio -- you unlock more places as you advance in the game). You can also choose your type of music. To me, most of the types sound the same with the same with that excer-mer-size type tempo/beat. Oh! You can also enter if you have personal workout gear such as stability balls, step risers, hand weights etc and those can be incorporated into the routines. Once you have chosen all of this you can then choose how long you want to exercises for the day from 15-60 mins. Really this sounds involved but it is a total of 2-3 menu screens and once you know what you are doing and what you want, it takes less than 3 mins to choose this stuff.
I really like this because it is similar to an exercise DVD but it is more interactive. For example, during your workout Maya will ask you how you are doing and if you say it is too hard she will ease back next time, or if you need more she will kick your butt next time around! Maya gives you lots of encouragement during the workout. She also "scolds" you when you turn on the game and if you've missed a session or so. But she also praises you when you stick to your committed program. Some of it is a little cheesy, but who am I to talk? I heart cheese....
Overall, I love it. My Fitness Coach is a video game, but it brings gaming to a whole new level. I cannot wait for more interactive games like this. Imagine the possibilities! Yoga, ballet, pilates, kick boxing -- ohohOH! But in all seriousness, I received the game at a perfect time. Right when I was going to have to start going hypothyroid and not looking forward to the weight gain, loosing hair, moodiness and fatigue, this game is actually really helping me. Just like all exercising, it does take personal motivation to actually turn it on and workout. But thus far, I have been intrinsically motivated to keep it up! Amazing right there!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä (Purchased at The Ding-a-ling in Lafayette, IN - please remind me to review this cute art shop sometime!)
Needles: 4.5 and 5.5 mm
Started: Friday, January 16th
Finished: Tuesday, January 20th
Almost no modifications because it was a wicked easy and very cute pattern. I actually bought the yarn before going home for the holiday and I planned on making cabled legwarmers with my own design. Those got put on the back burner for Mum's Cursed Scarf and I didn't think twice about it until I saw the pattern in the magazine (you know that $500-Hit-and-Run-no-"No-Fault-Policy" magazine I bought last week). With how cold it has been and really just wanting a quick pattern that I wouldn't have to think about, I just cast on and went at it!
Speaking of the yarn. Novita 7 Veljestä, is a 75% wool and 25% polyamide (nylon) plied yarn and dudes, it is stretchy! In this case, stretchy is a good thing because lately I have been wearing 3 layers of clothes and the leg warmers will stretch over my tall socks, long johns and pants. I made them longer so I can pull them up to my thighs and keep uber warm (hence the name). Oh! And I finally got smart (S-M-R-T) and I carried the yarn up the side so I had minimal weaving in!
Late yesterday I was catching up on blogs and I had a laugh seeing the Yarn Harlot's post for Friday, January 15th. Yes, I actually did it. I was delusional enough to sit there and make woolen legwarmers - uber long leg warmers to keep me warm and toasty. :)
Actually, to be honest, I have been cold. Freezing even. Yes, I know -- I am ALWAYS cold. But for once I have an actual excuse and you can't blame the low iron or protein. Right now I am off the thyroid medication for a month. Basically the endo wants me to go for a month without thyroid meds and in theory, since there is no organ that is shaped like a butterfly in my neck region to produce T3-T4 or thyroglobulin, we shouldn't see any thyroid hormones when tested. However, if after a month we test and see some/any of these hormones we know that I either have trace tissue left (highly unlikely) or have miraculous grown another thyroid somewhere (a whole thyroid, unlikely, but tissue mass somewhere, probably more likely and not so good). So yes, kinda shitty. And yes, even more shitty because I'm off thyroid meds during the coldest time of the year! Okay so cancer back is shitty, but dudes(!) I'm cold! And for Indiana to go down to -20's last week -- geez! Well all things positive right now, and at least now I can wear my Heavenly and Uber Warm Leg Warmers to keep me a little warmer!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Last Saturday we had an ice storm. Yes, even here in Indiana, we get ice storms. Who'd-a-thunk? That morning we (the SO and I) got up and I finished my work. BTW - that was another stressor for that past week. We had a couple supplements due for our submitted RO1 and RO3 grants. Basically that means lots of data collecting, crunching and writing. Eh.... So yes, I got up early, finished the data, figures and writing, submitted it to my boss and then decided to go out to the store.
Did I mention we had an ice storm? It was icy. And yet, we still went out.
First we went to the local pet store to get more hay for the diva that allows us to call him our bunny. Then the SO did something so sweet. He offered to buy me some bread and scones! You see, I'm not a girl afraid of carbs. In fact, I heart carbs. When the SO offers to buy me scones for breakfast from the local bakery, I gush - most girls want flowers and jewelry, me I heart food. I'm a simple girl like that. After going to the bread store and ice skating our way through the parking lot I find out the SO's state of sweetness was just in lieu of diverting my anger. He wanted to buy more dvd's. I should direct you to the blog of my SO (found here). I should have known scones and bread really means the SO has become his alter ego "DVD Whore." However, I thought I'd be nice and instead of getting wicked angry, I allow him to go (plus Barn's & Nobel is next door and I needed to purchase the current issue of Verena). Plus, it was icy and the last thing we needed was an air of anger in the car while we drove the treacherous streets.
So let's talk about knitting!
I have been dying to tell you about my mom's cursed scarf. While home mum informed me she wanted a new scarf. I took her to the yarn shop in Concord, NH (The Elegant Ewe) and had her pick out a yarn. BTW - that was my second time going to that shop and I love it! It is very nicely stocked in an assorted variety of yarns. And the sales associates are wicked friendly! I highly recommend it for any in the Concord, NH area!
Do you want to know what yarn she picked out?
Elizabeth Austen Andes. Ever heard of it? Nope. I hadn't either. But I figured it'd be no problem to knit with. Mum wanted just a generic scarf and this was a generic 100% wool yarn. No biggie.
Initially I couldn't find anything about this yarn! Then I stumbled onto Ruthless Knitting's blog and found this blog post. Yep that's it! But good thing was that once I found that blog post I could look it up on Ravelry. The only identifier on the ball band is ANDES. So with Ruthless Knitting's blogpost I was able to look it up and find others who have used this yarn. Thing is, it didn't really excite me.
And to save you long hours of frustration (because that is what happened to me while working with this yarn) -- 7 patterns later and probably about 3 whole knitted scarves later I present Mum's Cursed Scarf:
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Then on New Years Eve day. It snowed.
I must be used to living in the Midwest. Because I was AMAZED at the amount of snow that fell. We had over 8 inches in that one day! Starting mid morning and all through the evening, it snowed. It actually snowed my girls in! They couldn't get out of their houses. So we made a vow to all get together this summer when I come home.
We didn't let getting snowed in damper our New Years fun! BF and I exchanged gifts. The SO and BF exchanged their traditional corn gift (She calls him CornHusker or CornBread because he's from IN, thus they exchange corn gifts, duh!). The SO got her a bottle of Corn Huskers Lotion. She got him Corny, the corn scrubber. Yeah, no clue. But they love it. It's cute, at least they finally get along! :)
Everyone had fun:
Floppy and Liz in their annual boink.
BF and her boy (I like to call him WonderBread) had fun. My first time meeting him. I approve, 'nuff said.
SO and I had fun.
BF and I had fun.
Heck, even my Daddy had fun. He went to town plowing the yard and driveways.
Bro and BroSO came over for a bit. As did Aunt Cathy and Uncle Bobby. Here we are all piled into the kitchen. Poor WonderBread, I think he's still scared of my family. We are kind of loud....
The SO and BroSO bonded. Isn't she soo freakin' cute! Look how little! You can just pick her up and squeeze her!
And after consuming boat loads of food we all had a mellow but fun New Years Eve.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Okay. So Daddy made and tended to the fire. We toasted marshmallows and made smores. Mum made the strawberry daiquiri.
Overall, we had a blast that evening. Most of all, Mum and Dad were happy because the whole family was home and were having fun. It was an awesome day.