The Dark Dark Days Have Ended!

a half-finished sock on my lap in the car.

The saddest month of the year is the month surrounding winter solstice. Why? Because it’s so dark that I can’t knit when it’s my turn to ride in the carpool. πŸ™

So happy that the sun is starting to peek over the hills when I ride to and from work!

But, of course, it’s not bright enough to take beautiful, blog-worthy photos. I’m sure my hoardes of readers will forgive me πŸ˜‰

(P.S. – found dpns that are the same size as my rosewood! So glad I didn’t clean out my knitting stash when I went through that Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up phase!)

Icing on the Cake!

So, here I am, trying to knit a little on my day off while I watch some BBC drama. (Call the Midwife, if you were wondering, which has both babies AND lovely knitwear.)

I got up to take my quiche out of the oven, and pop back down onto the sofa… and I head a CRACK.

pretty lovely needles... broken

I KNOW I’m not fat enough to break the couch (yet) so I get up, turn around… and I’ve sat on my needles. My lovely rosewood needles that I got inΒ  after a wonderful lunch at my favorite crepe restaurant.

They’re not going to be repaired, and I’m not going to have the money to go off buying rosewood needles anytime soon… so Dan’s socks will have to go even slower. Frustrating for both of us. He, because he wants his socks, and I because I wanted to finish these and start another pair by the end of the month when I go to Ireland for work.

What a Way to Start the New Year!

A pretty sky photo

As of today I can officially say that I have taken a record amount of time off from my job. On New Year’s Eve, I had a series of seizures. They weren’t sure what caused them at the time, but now my awesome team of medical folks that care about me (including my doctor, therapist, and personal nurse that I usually call “Mom”) are pretty sure it was from withdrawling from a drug that I had been taking.

I really got to see how the other side lived, though – or, well, how the other side was treated by emergency medical staff.

Because I was mostly out of it, I answered every question with “I don’t know.” Apparently, I was a pretty broken record when I wasn’t rolling my eyes back into my skull and wiggling around.

If you’re familiar with emergency medicine, you’ll probably figure out where this is going. One of the common questions that you get asked by EMTs is if you’ve had any illegal drugs. Of course I answered with “I don’t know” and everyone assumed I OD’d.

So, I sat in the hospital alone for about 3 hours (having said “I don’t know” when they asked me if I felt safe at home, which effectively kept Dan from coming in to see) seizing and remembering very little, except that people were pretty annoyed with me for wailing and wriggling uncontrollably. Sorry, ER nurses.

Thankfully, though, a social worker came in and talked to me and realized that maybe I wasn’t lucid, Dan came to sit with me, and eventually I got an IV and fell asleep.

Then I had a wonderful week of recovery. Even though I thought I was better by Tuesday, when I went into work on Wednesday I had trouble doing just basic work stuff – like, comprehending the emails I was reading or typing out my thoughts. Luckily, my job is awesome and they had no problem with me taking the time off – but I still feel kind of guilty.

Oh, uh, knitting? I did knit a bit, another one of my side effects from the medicine I was taking was random muscle clenching, and now that I’ve stopped taking it my hands feel so much better! Obviously I’m still going to keep doing stretches and strength training, but I can do a push up without pain! Whoohoo!

For 2017 I’m going to finish off my 16 in 2016… because why not? My main crafting priority is stuff for the wedding – none of which is knit – but I still have so many ideas!

 

My 2016 FOs

I knit more this year than last, but I still have a little bit of locker-room-esque shame when I compare my fancy FO collage to the ones on the other blogs I follow.

Anyway, here they are – and here I am, in MY TENTH YEAR of blogging. Ten whole years, guys. WHOA.

I’m Knitting! Just slowly.

Socks, with cat tax

We’re ending the year with a visit from Ash, some calm stockinette socks, and a very bad flu. Christmas was great, but whatever it was hit me like a freight train on Tuesday, and I’ve been taking it easy since.

Hope everyone’s holiday has been great!

ARGH!

All of the pictures that I’ve been posting are rotated sideways! I don’t know how to fix this… sorry for the annoyance.

Yarn Winding Woes – What else is new?

Since I finished my mermaid tail blanket, it’s only right to start another project, right? I’ve hard two skeins of Spud and Chloe Stripey fine in my stash from who knows where and when, because I never stashed them on Ravelry.

Anyway, I got out my trusty cake winder and swift last night and plopped the first skein on. I instantly knew I was going to have problems.

This little loop on my swift isn't supposed to be sticking out like this

That loopy thing is NOT supposed to be there.

Anyway, I wound on fearlessly… and ended up REALLY tangled.

Here you can see a mad yarn vomit on my swift.

Dan was watching TV, and laughing at me every time he looked over. What a fun night. 😐

But, I muddled through and now I have two little cakes of yarn to make some socks with!

Two cakes ready to go!

Not sure if I’ll like them, because the FO’s of this colorway on Ravelry are not my cup of tea. The word “hideous pooling” was used. You can see what I’m talking about yourself here. But as long as Dan likes them, that’s the goal, right? πŸ™‚

Finished my Mermaid Tail!

Here's me in the tail on the couch.

All done! I got Dan to snap a picture of me on the couch – honestly, it’s a bit hard to take a selfie of something like this.

Hooray! It’s been nice to finish something, honestly, because everything has been going so slow. Hands, get better soon! πŸ™

Pattern: Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket for Children and Teens, by Angie Hartley. I made the largest size from this pattern instead of the adult one because I’m little. It fits 5’1″ me perfectly!

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Solid in Antique Rose, 9.6 skeins. I have half a skein left over for the scrap jar.

Made as part of a knit along with my two friends from college, Ash and Alysia!

 

A Pretty Pink Progress Post

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving if you celebrated it. Dan and I went to his aunt’s near Augusta to have dinner with his Dad’s family, and it was a lot less hectic than the 4-5 dinners we go to when we’re back home. Plus I don’t feel like I overate! Win-win.

Money has been kind of tight, with the wedding and the holidays coming up, so I’ve been stressed. Dan convinced me to drop $6 on carnations at the grocery store, though, and I’m happy I did. Their bit of pink brightens up the apartment.

pink carnations from the grocery store

Another bright spot is that I am (very slowly) making progress on my WiPs! My mermaid tail is ready to finish!

my mermaid tail laid out on the floor, ready for the last step

I also am getting a knack for making coffee filter flowers, which are going to be the backdrop to the stage at the wedding. Here is my bin of them:

My growing pile of coffee filter flowers, with bonus curious cat

They take up way less space when you keep them krinkled up, so that’s what I’m doing until it’s time to string them together.

I might make a tutorial, if I can get a day with good light to take photos! It’s been dark an dreary. JT the cat has been very clingy, half because of the weather and half because he sprained his little kitty paw yesterday while we were gone πŸ™ No break, but he’s walking with a limp. He doesn’t cry when we touch or squeeze it so we’re taking a wait and see approach.

Painting Again.

Full shot of my painting - a pot of succulents

Not knitting drivesΒ  me a little crazy. I’m wandering the house looking for things to do. I’m tidying to the point of obsessiveness. I’m trying to justify crafting ridiculous things for the wedding. I’m working extra hard on work, which just tires me out, honestly.

I’ve had painting supplies for the longest time, but haven’t really painted anything GOOD in a while. So, in the past two weeks I’ve been pulling the paints out and creating some stuff. I’m pretty proud of this still life of succulents that I finished last week. Taking photos of it was ridiculously frustrating. It looks WAY better in person! Trust me!

A close up of the details on the succulents, soil, and rock.

Hopefully in a few days I can start exercising again, and then maybe by the end of the week I can pull out my knitting again.