Saturday, March 31, 2007

Back from the Near Dead

This has been a miserable week for me. I started out last Friday with really bad allergies then ended up getting much worse as the weekend went on. By Monday, I finally made it to the doctor only to find that I had a pretty bad lung infection. No pneumonia though nearly as bad. Evidently, I inhaled some pollen which got into my lungs to cause the infection. I am on my second round or Zpak with steriod inhaler, my regular albuteral inhaler, steriod nasal spray and antihistamine. Also, strict instructions that I could go to work but then home to rest. No major activities like cleaning, lifting, pushing or pulling anything. Mostly, I just came home and went to sleep. I think I am finally caught up on sleep now.

Yes, I am feeling much better. I have most of the congestion out of my head and am breathing much better now. The cough is pretty bad so I still have a ways to go to get back to nornal. Should be in good shape by next weekend.

Since I have been doing all of this sleeping needless to say I have not been knitting. Although I can knit without looking at it I have not learned to knit in my sleep yet so I am behind. I started the Fiber Trends clogs last weekend but felt so bad that I have not worked on them so I am behind. Will make another attempt today to get the first one done. I hope to have pictures of the finished product soon so stay tuned.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

I was able to upload the rest of the images I had. Not sure if it was a Blogger problem or a problem on my end but anyway here they are.

I found this wonderfun Soup cookbook. It has some great recipes for some very interesting soups. The best things is that the recipes make 4-6 servings rather than a big soup pot. Can't wait to try one of the recipes.

This is the lovely rovings that I found at Hill Creek Fibers in Columbia. It is very lusious and spins like a dream. I bought a pound which should spin up in to quite a bit. I think I will probably Kool Ade die it and make something fun with it.

Ah....the yellow sweater. The Lion Brand Microspun is a little different to work with since it does not twist very much which allows it to split easily. Once knitted it is wonderfully soft and I think I will love to wear it once complete.

The wool soaker is interesting. I think there is a solution that it is put into to somewhat waterproof it. It is used with cloth diapers. Any mother who uses cloth is a trooper. It is so much easier to use disposables. I looking for a pattern for this I am surprised at how popular they are. I need to sit down today and finish this one up to see how it goes over with its little user.

As I mentioned in the previous post, many in the SS&K group have started working on clogs. I am doing the Fiber Trends but there are a variety of patterns being used. It will be fun to see how they all turn out. Will post progress soon

Friday, March 23, 2007

Upload problems

Well finally I was able to upload a picture. For some reason I have had difficulty uploading pictures the last couple of days. I am thrilled that I finally was able to get this one of the Trekking socks at least. The color shading is much prettier in person but it show pretty well in the image.

If blogger would permit I would have others to share. That not being the case at this time, you will have to imagine ther the back of the yellow sweater is done and I am going to do the sleeves next just for variety. I have also started a wool baby diaper soaker that is cute, done in a multi color yarn. This is form my friend who had her baby recently. Lastly, I would be able to show you the mernino roving that I bought in Columbia at Hill Creek Fibers.

I have not been doing a lot the last day or so due to allergies kicking in. I did go to SSK today and enjoyed being with everyone but I was exhausted when I got home and had to take a nap. When I have one of these bouts I have difficulty sleeping as well as being miserable. As soon as they trees get completely leafed out I will be in pretty good shape.

Today I did begin my Fiber Trends clogs. There is not a lot to them but you really need to watch the pattern carefully because are a lot of wraps, m1,k2togs and if you don't keep an eye on them they get away from you. I think this is one of those patterns that don't make since so you just have to do it and not try to make since of it. I equate it with the first sock knitted. Once you do it it make since, I hope. Looking forward to getting them done.

Well, stay tuned for more images with I can get them uploaded. Maybe I will have new ones to include.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Bad Blogger....Bad Bad Blogger

OK...I have been a really bad blogger. I have not been in the mood to blog lately. I think it is the season change along with the anticipation of daylight savings time. I really really hate the day when the time changes. I don't know about you but I miss that hour the whole time until I get it back. I think it messes with my internal clock.

In addition to that, my allergies have already started. I have been taking a lot of antihistamine which dries me out a lot and makes me very tired. It starts when the trees start to open their buds and grass starts to grow and they both release pollen. Once the trees leaf out and the grass gets cut for the first time it is not so bad but does carry through the summer. When stuff starts dying in the fall, then I get the fall allergies that go along with the dust and mold.

I have been knitting but have nothing really that I am ready to show. I have a pair of socks on the needles and a sweater that are both progressing right along. Will probably have ths socks don this weekend. It will be a while on the sweater but that is ok.

I am working on something new for a friend who just had a baby. She is using cloth diapers and wanted a wool soaker. Not being up on the latest baby stuff I did not know what these were but now I do. It is a diaper cover that is treated with lanoline to help waterproof it. So I am working on a test knit of one for her to try. I guess this has gotten to be quit a bit item with the mommies. After doing some research, there are many site selling these form bit prices. They are even selling them on ebay so you know that has to be big. Will see how this first one goes. There may be a market there.

Will have some good stuff to show next time.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Here is the wonderful yarn storage complete with yarn. As you can see it is already full so I obviously need to get more. I really like this because although it has fifteen spaces I can leave out a couple of dividers to make the spaces bigger. Not bad for $33.

Here is the sock update for the sock that I was not going to do. I know I said I was bored with socks but I need some knittng to have in the car and socks are easy to take along anywhere.

A friend has requested to be included on the sock list so I will probably find some really fun yarn for those. I think he will wear anything I make and be happy with them. He is fun that way. We had great fun Saturday night playing Texas Hold'em. Unfortunately, I only had maybe three good hands so I did not win. promised (to myself) I have started a sweater for myself. I think I am going to love it. I am using Lion Brand MicroSpun which is a little difficult to work with because it does not twist together very well but the feel is worth it. It is very soft and has a nice drape. This is not normally the color I would buy but I like it for Spring.

Here is what the finished sweater will look like. I am looking forward to finishing this one soon and making another. These sweaters are so versitile.