Saturday, October 30, 2004

More fall photos...

Hello again,

Hubby and I went for another drive in the Cleveland Metro Parks yesterday and we took a couple more photos. If you ever come to northeast Ohio you have to check out our Metro Parks, they are just beautiful. They have stables, places to rent a canoe or row boat. There is a marina that allows for access to Lake Erie. There are miles and miles of trails, picnic tables (and pavilions, some with fireplaces) and visitors centers for education and family entertainment. It's a wonderful place! The photo's I'm posting are two different shot taken at the same place. I hope you enjoy them.

metro parks



metro parks 2


On to knitting...I finally got the sleeve of hubby's sweater frogged. I will try to have it done this weekend so I can have pictures on Monday. I also finished knitting another alpaca rolled brimmed hat. I will felt it this weekend and show you before and after pictures. I am close to the half way point on the back of my handknit sweater. I can't wait to finish it. I have already lined up my next project. I have decided it was time for me to learn to do cables. I made my first cable on the machine this evening, now it's time to learn to handknit them. I thought a nice hat, scarf and mitten set might be in order. (I've never done mittens either) I have some nice cream colored yarn in my stash that will work perfectly. In fact I would love to do a whole set. (hat,scarf, mittens and sweater) I think for the time being I will just think about the scarf (like I need another). I think it may be time for me to weed through my scarf box and clean to out. It seems like I am always working on a scarf when I'm in between projects. :) What can I say, scarfs are a wonderful way to learn something new.

Monday, October 25, 2004

AAAAHHHH...I Love Fall

Hubby and I went for a drive in the Cleveland Metro Park last week. I wanted to show you some pictures we took. I love the cool air and the rich colors that fall brings. One of my favorite things is to walk the hiking trails when the air is crisp and the leaves are falling. I would give almost anything to be able to do that this year,but it's not going to happen. At least I have a few pictures and the hope of maybe next year.

OK...I'm done feeling sorry for myself. (Sorry about that.) I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do...
















I mentioned a little while ago about making a sweater on my ISM...well, I wanted to show you at least what the colors were like. I know the picture isn't very good, but at least you can get the basic idea. I love the colors in this yarn. They remind me of the colors of fall, deep and rich. I only have the back finished for now.

My ISM sweater


I am working on a sweater for hubby. A nice simple St.st. pullover in heather blue. I just have one sleeve to go, the neck band and seams then it will be finished. I can't wait to finish either project. I had started mine first, then hubby started hinting he would like a sweater so I gladly put mine on hold. Hubby isn't the kind of guy to ask me to make him something, so when he hinted at it I jumped at the chance. I have been making a lot of dumb mistakes with this machine. First I made a sleeve, got to the end and realized I did the decreasing wrong...so I had to frog it. Then I finished it and realized i put it on inside out...so, I frogged it yet again. Now on to the second sleeve... I put it on the right way, but, did the decreases WRONG AGAIN!!! So it is sitting on my machine waiting for me to frog this sleeve and start it again. I will get this right yet! (Oh...added bonus, hubby said he would think about letting me take his picture in the finished sweater. Who cares about the sweater, I want the chance to show off hubby...He's just so handsome!!!) ;)

On my needles right now is a sweater the same style as mom's but a different color. I just started it so when I have a little more done I will take a picture to show you. It has been a little rough the last few days...My last doc visit he changed my meds around and I have really been feeling it. I am normally not a fast knitter but now I'm a really SLOW knitter.

Thank You so much for the comments on my last post. I have had a few people ask how I did the hat so here it is...

My Hat

size 13 needles (US)
Lion brand fun fur
worsted weight acrylic (colors match)

cast on 56 st. k2 p2 all the way across for 6 inches.(flat knitting)

cast on 14 more and join to knit in the round (keep going k2 p2, mine didn't match up but I faked it and it doesn't show)

Keep knitting till it's tall enough to cover the whole top of your head.

While still on the needles, cut thead making sure you leave enough to pull through all stitches and gather togther at the top.

Turn inside out and knot.

I think the gathering at the top gave it the lift. If you have questions,please leave me a comment and include you email address and I will try to answer them.

Have a wonderful evening!!

Saturday, October 23, 2004

F.O. Update...

I mentioned the other day about finishing mom's sweater...Well, here it is.


I think I mentioned before about my dislike for the finishing process...It was a struggle but I made myself finish it yesterday. I wanted to take the photo's outside and I don't think we have too many nice days left here.


This is my version of the "hallowig" from Knitty. What do you think? I had a little trouble understanding the pattern, so I came up with my own. The kids love it as you can see.

The Girl...This is her normal photo face.



The Boy...My ham!!!



I think it reminds me of a hairstyle from the 80's. Hubby thinks I look like "Raggedy Ann". He even tried it on, but I wasn't fast enough with the camera to get a picture.
The wig is not as snug fitting as I would like , so I think I will add some elastic to it. I will be making a few more of these for the hat drive since I still have a few weeks left. I think kids would really like this.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Updates...

I finished knitting mom's sweater!! Now I have to sew the seams (this is the part I hate). I alway put off this part. I decided to make my own version of the hallowig and am almost finished with it. (I think I will be finished with it before I done with the sweater) If it comes out well I'll have hubby take a photo for you. And I will try to have the sweater done too.



I went to the doc yesterday and got my test results...He thought I might have Lupus, and ran a bunch of tests. He said with the results that came back I have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. The symptoms mimic Lupus. He put me on a bunch of meds to see if we can get things under control. He said with luck I should be feeling better in a few weeks. I hope so ...this being tired all the time is getting old. I think the worst part is the stiffness and tightness of my fingers (from being swollen). Sometimes I have a lot of trouble knitting.

With any luck I will have finished objects to report soon. :) Have a good evening.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Mom's sweater

I wanted to show you what the colors in mom's sweater where like...so here's the back.

Mom's sweater


Since my post the other day I have finished one of the front panels and most of one sleeve. As you can see I am using "Red Heart" yarn. As you may or may not recall, mom picked out this yarn while we were shopping one day shortly after dad passed away. Well anyway...She stopped by the other day and noticed it in my basket. (in the same basket I put all my hand knitting in and has been there since I started working on it) She walks in the door sees it sitting there and proceeds to pick it up saying "Oh... isn't this pretty. Boy that sure would make a nice sweater...and a warm sweater. This sure would make a nice present for someone." (as if I couldn't tell what she was getting at) I told her " Yes, I'm sure it would...(then, flashing back to my youth, when I would stumble upon a present I should not have found and getting busted in the process I repeted what some one had said to me... I said)
" Well now that you have found it, it won't be a suprise anymore so I'll have to give it to someone else...can you think of anyone??" OOOHHH...the look I got :) LLOOLL!!!! I wish I had taken a picture. I guess it's not wise to repeat what mom said to you and say it back to her.

I would like to thank everyone for your comments on "The Beast".
Talk to you soon... And Have A Wonderful Day!!!

Monday, October 11, 2004

Showing Off "The Beast"

The Beast


Well folks, here it is...TAA DAA!!! Yes, I know it looks like an old blanket but it's soft and warm. It's going to be great to wear when it's snowy outside. It's kind of hard to see, but if you look close you can see it buttons just under the hands. I thought this would help hold in the warmth a little bit. I'm proud of it!!! This is the first project I have ever just taken off on and done my own thing. I had so much fun with it , I may try it again but on a smaller scale.


My first felted hat


This was my first attempt at felting. I'm pleased with it. If you have never felted before you should give it a try. First you knit the hat. (It's 5 sizes too big) then put it in a zippered pillow case. (If you don't you will be picking fuzz and fur out of your washer for weeks) Then fill the washer with the hottest water you can get and add a good squirt of dish soap. Next I threw in a couple of towels and a couple of pairs of old sneakers. It took about 25 min (checking it about every 5 min). When it was the right size I removed it, rinsed it, and rolled it in a towels to dry it a little. I took it from the towel and shaped the brim and left it to dry. It took about 2 days. I have to warn you , wet alpaca doesn't smell very nice. Hubby and I both thought it smelled like an old perm. The smell does go away when it's dry. (thank goodness)
I think the color goes well with "The Beast", don't you think so?? I have made a few of these hats for the hat drive. They are soft, thick and warm. Just perfect for an Ohio winter when we get the wind and lake effect snow. (Can you tell I'm trying to get ready for winter?) :)

I would like to thank those of you (both on my blog and by email) who have wished me well. You have know idea what it means to have your support. I am in a little better state of mind now than I was on my last post. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I will let you know what happens.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

The Beast is Finished...

Well I did it... I finished the beast!!!YYYYAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!! I finished the other day. It is huge and very warm. I wore it to the doc's office the other day because I had a fever and it did the trick, it kept me toasty warm. I got some strange looks from people and was asked if I was expecting snow,(people can be so rude and insensitive sometimes) but I don't care it kept me warm. It will be great to wear this winter. :)
I started one of the front panels for mom's sweater. In fact I only have a couple more inches to go before I start the shoulder. After the beast,this sweater is a breeze (when I have the energy to work on it). I also managed to finish one of the front panels for the sweater I am making on the machine. Maybe this weekend I will be able to finish the fronts of both sweaters.

I must warn you now that I have the need to vent so please forgive me if I upset anyone. If you are sensitive to health problems you may want to stop reading now.


I mentioned my doctor visit, well...I do have R.A.. Doc decided to run a bunch more tests. He thinks there may be more going on than R.A. and that Autoimmune Diseases usually over lap. I am just hoping the tests come back ok. He gave me some meds and wants me to come back in two weeks for the test results and to see how the new meds are working. For anyone who doesn't know (I didn't till I researched it) Autoimmune Disease is when a person's immune system mistakes and attacks it own tissues. With R.A., the immune system attacks the fluid between the joints and destroys it. In doing so it usually leaves behind scar tissue that disfigures that joint. Left untreated R.A. can also attack the fluid sack in other parts of the body. If it attacks the sac around your heart you may develop congestive heart failure. If it attacks the kidneys, you could end up with renal failure. There is no cure but it can be controlled. It can even go into remission. Autoimmune Diseases are NOT contagious. The experts are not sure exactly how and why they happen. Some think it's genetics, some think its environmental and others think its traumatic. Everyone has an opinion but know one knows for sure. I am very hopeful that it was caught in time.
Anyway, for the most part I'm doing ok. I sometimes have a fever, I'm still not sleeping well at night so I nap when I'm tired. My appetite come and goes. I hand knit when I can and machine knit when my hands can't hold the needles. But it could be worse. Yeah, sometimes I feel like crying so I sit and knit. I guess you could call it my therapy. It's not the first time knitting has pulled me through and I'm positive it won't be the last time. :) I'll let you know what happens. I think it's safe to say that this has been a learning experience for me. I have always tried to enjoy life and to make every moment count. In light of what's going on I am learning to do that all over again.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

October Already...

Well, another month has come and gone. I just can't believe how fast this year is moving!!! In a few weeks the leaves will be changing, there will be a crispness in the air and the holidays will soon be here. Where has this year gone?!?! The weather here has been a little cool here which hasn't helped my knee much. I am also finding that my hands are starting to ache more than normal when I knit lately. Needless to say I haven't been hand knitting much.

It's been a little rough here lately. Last week marked two years dad has been gone. I went to my new orthopedic doc and he says I need surgery on my knee. Then, I went to see my family doc and he told me my test results came back positive for Rheumatoid Arthritis. This means another doctor and another doc visit. (oh fun...)

Now, some knitting content...When I am not too tired, I use the ISM.(I will get back to that in a moment...first a report on "The Beast")The body and hood are complete. (The ends have even been tucked in.) I decided to attach the hood after all. I am about half done with the trim. I am hoping it will be finished soon. I will pick up mom's sweater again when the beast is finished.

Now, on to the ISM. I mentioned before that, I love my ISM. I made the back of a cardigan sweater with it in just a few days (normally I could have it done in one sitting). The body will be made on the machine. The cuffs, neck, button band and bottom ribbing will be done by hand. It's a pretty variegated yarn with rich fall colors. I was even thinking of making a matching skirt. I had to put the Einstein Coat on hold for now. If I can figure out how to convert the pattern to work on the machine I will make it on my ISM. I just don't have the energy right now to take on another huge project by hand. I think I'll stick with smaller ones for now. :)

The hats for the hat drive are still coming in. So far I have collected about 150 hats. (I have not done an official count yet.) Some are store bought some are hand made. I have a little over a month to go. I still plan to distribute them before Thanksgiving.

Sorry to go so long in between posts. I will try harder to keep up with the posts. Take care and have a wonderful day!!! Talk to ya soon. :)



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