Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Stressed out spazmo

The appointment with the neurologist went OK. He felt me up around my neck and back, hit me with a little rubber hammer, touched me with a vibrating tuning fork and poked me with a safety pin. Sounds kinky huh? He was testing my reflexes and sensations. His verdict: the only thing wrong with me is stress. He ordered an MRI "just to be sure". I have to wait until the insurance company approves it. I'll let ya'll know when that happens. He didn't say it, but I think he wanted to tell me I need therapy. Maybe I just need a vacation.

Monday, April 23, 2007


So, tomorrow is the big day. I'm finally going to the neurologist for my headaches. I just have to swing by the Steinburg on the way there and pick up the films from my neck x-rays. Dudes, cross your fingers they figure this shit out. My head was so bad this weekend, it was radiating down into my left arm again. I sat in my chair on Sunday morning and cried. I tried not to cry this morning too. I've barely crocheted or knit anything in the last couple of days. I slept most of the day on Saturday though. Meanwhile, my hubby and roommate cleaned the entire downstairs, did some grocery shopping and bar-b-cued. Of course, this was all because they had a big poker game, but hey, it was still a nice thing to do.

In other news, Angie came over on Friday night and brought her swift and ball winder. We had lots of fun winding sock yarn in little balls. (Just don't ask Angie about the skein of Tofutsies that became a huge knotty mess on us.)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

When did that happen?

I was getting ready to go to the Crochet Meeting last night and I was trying to decide what project to take when I realized the only projects I'm currently into right now are...knitting. I've been a crocheter for years and years and suddenly, I'm a knitter. I have two major crochet projects in the works right now; a couple of afghans and there are a couple more I'd like to make. In knitting, I have two pairs of socks on the needles, several more pairs in mind(including these), a scarf I'm designing, a hat a want to make, a black lace stole I want to design, and a couple of sweaters I'm dreaming about; I'm also thinking about making a bunch of cotton washcloths for winter holiday gifts. There's probably more, but that's all I can think of right now.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Check it out!

It's a sock!
I finished the first one and cast on the second one. Hopefully I'll have the second one done soon.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Spirit Scully

Here is the free hat pattern I promised. Enjoy!

Spirit Scully

Make this hat in your man’s favorite team colors.

Skill level: Easy

Size: Average male head (ego not included)

Worsted Weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft)
Main color
Accent color 1
Accent color 2

Size G hook

Rnd 1: With main color, chain 4, 11 dc in fourth chain from hook, join with slip stitch to top of first dc. (12 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, join. (24 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* repeat around, join. (36 dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st* repeat around, join. (48 dc)

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st* repeat around, join. (60 dc)

Rnd 6-8: Ch 3, dc in each st, join.

Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk next dc, *dc in next 3 sts, ch 1, sk next dc, join. (15 ch 1 spaces)

Rnd 10: Join Accent Color 1, ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped stitch on previous row, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st on previous row.* repeat around, join.

Rnd 11: Join Accent Color 2, ch 3, dc in skipped stitch on previous row, dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st, *dc in next st, dc in skipped st on previous row, dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st* around, join.

Rnd 12: Join Accent Color 1, ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped stitch on previous row, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st on previous row.* repeat around, join.

Rnd 12: Join Main Color, ch 3, dc in skipped st on previous row, *dc in next 3 sts, dc in skipped st on previous row* around, dc in last two dc, join.

Rnd 13: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join.

Rnd 14: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join, fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Please let me know if you find any errors.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Referral received

So I went to my follow-up appointment with the nutritionist. She ran the tests again and the results were better this time. The supplements definitely seem to be helping. I also called my regular doctor and found out what was taking so long with my referral to the neurologist. They had the wrong home phone number for me. They mixed up one number. So, the nurse gave me the name and number of the doctor they are referring me to and I called and scheduled and appointment. Finally! All I have to do now is get a copy of my neck x-rays to take to the appointment with me.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

So here's the story...

Those stairs lead into the little trailer where I work. It houses a handful of us out behind the main building, we are the company stepchildren. Anywho, I was running a few minutes late the other day and had my hands were full. I'd stopped at the market and bought some apples and rice cakes. (They were for that whole "trying to eat healthier" thing.) I hit those stairs and went dowwwwwn. I have a lovely little bruise on the top side of my foot/ankle where I hit the step and my left arm is bit sore. Other than that I'm good. I'm an expert at falling on my face, literally. Check out this story from a couple of years ago, and the pictures here and here. And yes, I know that blog hasn't been updated in ages.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sock progress and headache update

I went back into my stash in search of possible sock yarn and this is what I came up with:

Lion Brand Baby Soft Twinkle Print, it’s a sport weight, 60% acrylic, 40% nylon yarn. I thought it would make a great “practice yarn” and the stretchyness is good. (Just don’t tell the “yarn snobs” I’m making socks with acrylic yarn, they might faint.) I think these will be nice house socks for me and if the yarn is good enough for the babies its good enough for me! I’m working “top down” and have completed the first sock through the gusset decreases so I’m on the home stretch. I’ll be looking for some assistance when I get down to grafting the toes. Haven’t quite figured out that Kitchener stitch yet. I’m working on size 3 DPN’s and I’m getting some laddering between the needles; I’ll have to work on that.

I’ve still got some of the pink left over from the Fetching wrist warmers, I was wondering if I have enough to make a small pair of socks for my friend’s daughter…

I ordered the Yarn Harlot’s new book and a sock book from Amazon; they should be here tomorrow. I’m trying the resist the urge to order some sock yarn from The Loopy Ewe. I still haven’t placed my order for the hemp yarn. I have some in my stash I want to try out first. I did swatch it up a couple of weeks ago, just haven’t cast on for the socks yet.

The headaches are improving. I went to a nutritionist last week, she ran some tests to see what parts of my body are weak and gave me supplements to take. I feel like I'm taking an entire bottle of pills every day. They're doing something for me, I haven't had any hot flashes in the last week!

There's a story here...

I'll tell you later.