Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Out and about

I made it out to a Crochet meeting last night. We tried out a new venue and it worked out quite well for us. I had a good time even though the only thing I accomplished was frogging a couple of things. After discussing the lack of bounce in the socks I was working on I decided that yarn would better suited to something else. So...I ripped. I also found a mistake in a granny square I was working on so that got ripped too. I tried working on a couple of other projects but I just wasn't "feelin' it". I am doing a little bit better today though, it was so nice seeing everyone last night!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

I'm still alive

I haven’t blogged in a while; I’m still fighting that monster of a headache. It’s been going on for almost two months now. It’s gotten so bad it’s radiating down through my neck and into my left arm. My doctor is convinced it’s somehow related to an arthritis flare up in my neck. ??? He is however; referring me to a neurologist, assuming the referral ever comes through. He also took a neck x-ray. There’s talk of sending me to a chiropractor, depending on what the x-rays have to say. I did go get a massage on Saturday. WOW! She found lots of knots and pinched nerves and tight places I didn’t even know I had! I was so sore yesterday I could barely move. I’m still a bit sore today, but I am feeling better. My neck still hurts but the headache is improved.
My knitting and crocheting have been almost at a standstill because of the arm pain. I did manage to finish the dishcloth a couple of weeks ago. I’ll get a picture and the pattern for it posted soon. I still owe you guys the hat pattern too. Gotta get the hubby to pose for a picture in it. I also started a pair of socks. I’m trying a yarn in cashmere and cotton; I have the Sea Foam color. It’s from my stash; I’d picked it up in Amsterdam a couple of years ago. (Yes, even vacationing in Europe I found a yarn store.) I love the feel of it, but there’s not a lot of elasticity (decent amount stretch but it doesn’t bounce back). I may have to make them a little smaller to compensate, which shouldn’t be to hard since I haven’t gotten very far on them anyway.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tuesday night fun

Last night's crochet meeting was great. We had the privilage of meeting two new people. Hi Angela and Tina! Angela was working on the cutest socks using the magic loop, toe-up and two-at-a-time. I gotta try that!! Tina brought her very first completed afghan, it's so beautiful. Verna showed off a stack of gorgeous knitted dishcloths. Mary is working on another nylon purse, she just makes them up, she's so talented! Our other Angela is making the cutest Koala bear, she's going to enter it in the Clark County Fair. Good luck, I'll bet you get a ribbon! Margie is making an adorable star blanket in pretty bright colors and Jamie is working on an afghan in fall colored granny squares, I can't wait to see them finished. If you weren't there...we missed you!!

I wish I could say I felt better today, but my head is pounding. Thank you all for your "Get Well" wishes. I'll let you know what the doctor says on Friday.

I finished the first beanie, I'll try to get a picture of it tonight and post the pattern.

Here is the progess on the the dishcloth:

I'm very happy with the way this pattern is turning out. I should have this one ready to post soon too.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Is Spring here?

It's a beautiful day today. Sunny and warm, it's about 70F right now and it's supposed to get to 76F later. I just wish I felt better, I woke up this morning with a pain in my left neck and shoulder, and my head still hurts. It's been hurting for a few weeks now, my doctor even tried giving me a shot in the a** a couple of weeks ago. All that did was make my butt sore. I've tried 3 different prescriptions and the latest contains caffeine, which my system reacts badly to. I guess have a month long headache is making me cranky today. Anyway, I'm headed back to the doctor on Friday. Friday was the soonest they could get me in, just another reason to be cranky. That's OK, tonight is the Las Vegas Hookers Crochet Meeting. Something to look forward to, to get me through my day.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Unfinished socks

It is with great sadness that I tell you my first knitted sock remains unfinished. Unfortunately, it may never be finished for I am apparently allergic to wool. I tried on my half-finished sock to see how it was going to fit (it’s a little bit big). After a few moments of stretching it and contemplating the adjustments I would need to make, my foot began to tingle and itch. It still felt uncomfortable a couple hours after I had removed the sock. Strangely enough, the wool does not seem to bother my hands, aside from drying out my skin. I’ve also realized that working with the wool gives me a headache. I do have an ongoing problem with headaches, but the wool seems to make them much, much worse. So for the moment the sock is on hold. I’m searching for some cotton yarn to try. My local yarn store tells me they are getting some in soon and will call me. I’m also considering trying a hemp yarn. Lanaknits Designs has some that I have used for other projects in the past.

In the meantime, I am making sample hats for two beanie/skull caps I have designed in crochet. I will put the patterns up here as soon as I have my samples done for pictures. I am also working on a design for a knitted dishcloth. I will probably make this a free pattern as well. I plan to have several small items available as free patterns to “get my name out there”. I’m contemplating some other designs to submit to publishers. I also have a “set” that I am considering self-publishing. I’ll tell you more about that later.

Here's a preview of the dishcloth.