Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A LOT Happened

But first let me introduce our 4 generation picture.  Here you meet Scarlet (6 months), her mother, my granddaughter Megan, me, and my daughter, Lisa, who is Megan’s mother.  We all have the same smile so you can see we are related.

Now for the reason I have been absent for so long.  At the beginning of June I started feeling “down.”  I wasn’t depressed but I had no energy.  This was followed by an increase in my sciatic pain.  Now I do have to confess that I tend to not like to see doctors so each time my sweet husband suggested making an appointment it was swiftly rejected.  This went on all month until one morning when I threw my arm between two fighting dogs and felt a sudden pain.

After figuring out I had not thrown my arm out of the shoulder socket it was decided I needed to go to the emergency room where I was told I had broken my arm. Who knew? The problem was that I did this on Friday and the orthopedist was not available until Monday so I went home and suffered.  But on Monday I met Dr. Holland at his office and he sent me straight to the hospital where I had surgery this next morning (after x-rays, blood work, and much poking and prodding).

Now, as if all that wasn’t enough, the next day Dr. Holland came in to tell me that he didn’t like the look of my bone so he took a biopsy and it revealed that I have cancer.  To say I was thrown doesn’t even touch my feeling.  I was later to learn that I have breast cancer and it has migrated into my bones throughout my body.  I am told that because it is so widespread, and has done so much damage to my bones, it is incurable.  However I am taking medication to attempt to stop the damage and repair my bones as much as possible. I have been referred to a great oncologist, Dr. Boatright  (very direct but with a sense of humor).  I was in the hospital for 11 days and came out with a whole sack of pills (anemia, blood pressure, heart, magnesium, potassium).  And I found myself on home health because I was so weak.  

So for the last month I have been working on building my appetite and finally getting enough strength to get out of bed and do some walking.  I even went to the studio for two days for some knitting and a little sewing.  And then all my fun stuff came to a crashing halt. 

I went back to the orthopedist and after he saw the new x-rays he said he didn’t want me walking.  It seems my left hip is greatly impacted and he is afraid it will just break under my weight (I have lost 10# so you would think that would help).  He wants to do a hip replacement now rather than having to do it after a break.  I agreed and yesterday so did the oncologist so I am just waiting to hear from him as to when to go back into the hospital.  I really hate hospitals!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me.  I hope soon to be able to get back to being creative: I’m pretty bored with lying around.  Gari   

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Works in Process

Yippee, I am almost done with my tunic.  When I started it I hoped to have it done before Fall but now it should be done before Summer officially is started.  I have about 6 - 8 rows left to do on the collar, the bunched up part at the top and then I will be sewing up the seams. This has been so easy and fun.

These are my light purple heather socks.  I have about 1.5" more done than shows in this picture and am about to be ready to start the heel: I will be doing the FLK heel.

And here are the socks I just started this week. The color of the yarn is a dark purple heather.  Boy is it hard to see the stitches.  I plan to do a slip stitch pattern and am just hoping that I will be able to see them.

I was very happy when I finally got this embroidery done.  This is called "Owls on a Branch" by Urban Threads.  I do want to put one owl on the front of this shirt but haven't chosen one as yet.

Here in South Alabama we have been having rain.  On the day this picture was taken we got 4.5" in 2 hours:  that is the most we have had on any one day.  And we are very lucky in that it is all absorbed by the next day.  However, on the day it was raining it looked like we had waterfront property.

However, you can see that Sadie was not impressed at all by all that water.

And the puppies were also not impressed either.  This is how I start my day, with puppy play time.  What fun we have.

I will be linking with Patchwork Times.  And now, I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Gari

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun With Needles

During the last two weeks I completed two pair of socks.  But to save time and space, I decided to only show one of each pair.  The yellow/orange pair are done with an irregular pin stripe. I really like how these irregular stripes look.  The black/white socks are knit with a Monkey pattern but it is impossible to see it due to the variegated yarn.  That's really OK since I made a lot of mistakes and they don't show either.

I am really excited about my tunic.  As you can see I have the front and back finished and am ready to start the collar.  I have everything ready to start knitting in the round but have discovered that the 40" cord is too long to bring both sides together.  I know I have size 7 needles with a 32" cord but can't find it anywhere.  In fact I can't find another set of size 7 needles at all.  So, for the time being we are at a complete stand still.

Meanwhile I am plugging along with these new socks.  I am doing a pinstripe, very easy and once again I really like the look.  I consider doing fancier patterns but then I remember that no one will see anything but a small part of the sock so why do something fancy that won't be seen.  I love knitting but I think I will hold off on fancy stitches until I want to make fancy sweater or something.

Linking with Patchwork Times.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Almost Done, Etc.

My tunic is coming along nicely.  I am at the point of starting the bind off for the arm holes.  I am knitting both the front and the back at the same time so after  the bind offs I will be knitting another 10".  At that time I am told I will be joining the shoulder stitches and beginning the collar, knit in the round.  I love the colors and it is such an easy knit.

And here we are, almost done.  I have only to do a stretchy bind off and they will be ready for me to wear ........ later this fall.  I was going to do the bind off prior to writing this but found I needed to watch the video again and didn't have time tonight, so tomorrow I will get these out of the way.

And to show that old dogs can learn new tricks, here are my second FLKs and I did it without even having to watch the videos.  These should be done soon and I will have two finishes for this month which begins to make up for no finish last month.

This week begins a two week vacation for DH.  He made a very long list of "to do" things so it will be fun to see how well he does on his list.  I have to say that since I have become somewhat disabled he has taken over almost all of my household duties so he is very busy even before he made his list.  I am so very grateful to him for pitching in and taking over the load without a whimper [at least I haven't heard one,  ;-) ].

I joined a sock of the month club and received my first kit.  It is for cuff down socks (I really like toe up) and full length (I like anklet).  And the yarn came in a skein that needs winding and I don't have a swift.  I am not sure what I am  going to do: rise to the challenge or quit the club.  Decisions, decisions. 

I hope everyone who reads this has a productive week and visits Patchwork times to see what other knitters are up to.  Gari

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fish Lips Kiss

This has been a good knitting week.  I am getting closer to finishing these socks (and I have already begun a new pair).  My knitting slowed down as I decided to start a new, to me, kind of heel. 
This heel is called Fish Lips Kiss can't you see why?  I made a lot of mistakes while learning how to do this but I think, if it fits well, I will use it again.  Anyway, this heel can be purchased for $1 on Ravely and then there are YouTube videos.  I would read the pattern, watch appropriate video and try to do what she just demonstrated.  Sometimes I could and sometimes, not so much.  I have another pair of socks ready for heels (the black and white ones) so I'll start on them this weekend, before I forget all I have learned.

I have also been knitting on my tunic but since it does not look much different, only longer, I didn't bother to take a picture.  I hope to be able to show the back and front almost done, soon.

Today I got new tires on my car.  Our son-in-law works at the dealers and he had seen my tires last week.  He told DH that he either needed me to get new tires or he should get more insurance on me.  (We did have a talk about that).  Anyway, before we left the lot I put the top down and drove home in the most beautiful weather.  I can't knit while I am driving but I think I will carve out a little "on the road" time this weekend, it really felt good.  Gari

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Design Wall & On The Needles

It took some doing but I finally got April's Tiger Lilly block put together.  It is not quite like the designer's plan but it is as close as I was going to get.  I call it "making it my own" rather than "I just couldn't get mine to come out like hers."  I have gotten a little over half of the stitching done on this Deco Gardens block and still have to stitch the Gingerbread Man

And in-between cutting, fusing, and stitching I have been knitting.  Besides the two pair of socks I have going I have begun my tunic.  The pattern is basically easy but the yarn is turning out to be as brilliant as the picture indicated.  I have to keep going doing the stockinet stitch for 15 to 15.5 inches so it will be showing up for some time.  The good news?  This sweater does not have sleeves.  I hope to have more done by Friday. 

As usual I am linking with Patchwork Times.  And I hope you all have a great week.  Gari

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Gingerbread Men and Deco Flowers


 It took me a while but I am finally working on my BOMs for April.  See that crease in the fusible: it came from a fold and is the fusible separating from the paper.  I was really annoyed but after I drew the pieces and cut them out it settled down.   

So, with a little hunting around for interesting fabrics, April's Gingerbread Man is ready for stitching.
So finally, here is my Design Wall.  All four of my Gingerbread Men, all together.  Someone on the Fat Cat Yahoo group asked if anyone was making these so I am going to share this picture to show that, at least so far, I am and I'm keeping up.

And then, after some knitting time, I got back to BOM work.  I have the yellow fabric fused to their pieces so now I need to finish the green pieces. You can see the picture of the Deco Garden's flower for April but, as always, my choice of fabric may make mine look a little bit different.
I will be linking with Patchwork Times and then back to work on my BOMs. With any luck I will have them both done soon so I can start something new. :-)
Have a great week,  Gari