Oh the weather outside is frightful…

My drive home from work (2+ hours early) was uneventful, which I am so so thankful for. We’ve already had about 8 inches of snow and it’s still heavily coming down. The roads are dreadful and visibility is even worse.

I have a new office at work. Where I was sitting previously was a shared office and had a lot of traffic going through. It was nightmarishly distracting and noisy and I had NO space. Plus, I’m closer to the door when families come in, deliveries, etc. I got settled in today, mostly, and I’m starting to love it.

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And finally, I’m also working on a delightful poncho from Blue Sky Alpaca using Blue Sky Alpaca Extra in red. I’m just loving it. I’ve never done a three needle bind off before, so I’m looking forward to something new. ¬†And the yarn! So lush! I just love it.

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Tonight on my needles

I truly wish they would stop changing the update page and just leave things alone. ARGH

Anywho. I’m currently working on yet another pair of socks. I’m pretty sure the yarn is Lana Grossa, the pattern is Abbey Morris’s Dancetty. I thought it would work nicely with the different colors in the yarn. I really like how it’s striping up! :) 2016-02-04 19.49.51

Holiday Greetings

Most importantly – If you should celebrate Christmas, I hope yours was very merry and you spent it surrounded by loved ones.

If you don’t, if your path takes you elsewhere this time of year, I hope whatever you celebrate, whenever, yours was also marvelous!

I have sort of been under a rock these last few months (OMG when did they change the update page AGAIN?) madly knitting for a baby shower (No pic, oops!), several sets of minion hats and mittens, and a hooded animal cowl. I’m done now and am determined to finish a project or three for myself!

First off, my Sanquhar Gloves. So very close! :)

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POOF

I haven’t been around a lot lately, I know. :( I’ve been sucked into holiday knitting (just crossed another one off, yay!) and have been having some (hopefully) mild female health issues (don’t worry, I’ll spare you the details). I have a doctor’s appointment this coming Tuesday and am also taking my first yoga class Monday evening to see if we can get some resolution or progress between the two.

I’ve been wanting to take yoga for a while now and finally decided this is the right time, so I signed up for a beginner class for Monday after work. It also ends with a meditation, which I am super excited about. Actually, I’m really excited for the whole thing. And my mother-in-law said that her doctor had mentioned her doing it for her chronic back pain so maybe, just maybe, we can do this together. We shall see.

Any other Yoga peeps out there? :)

Teal Pumpkins . . .

This year, teal pumpkins for Halloween take on a different meaning. I’ve been dealing with food allergies, but this year? We add a new one to the mix.

The other day, I learned what a mild anaphylactic¬† reaction can be like. I should have gone to Walk In Care, but didn’t recognize it for what it was until later. Now I know.

I’ve got a doctor’s appointment lined up to discuss having an epi pen. I have a medic bracelet on the way. But I’m still a bit overwhelmed by this. My dairy allergy isn’t life threatening, so this is a whole new experience. All new things to learn all over again. More food to look for and avoid.

Then I start doubting myself, wondering if I imagined it or convinced myself it was happening. But I described it to the medical examiner that comes to work & he confirmed it, as well as a pair of co-workers whose kids have allergies. They all agree. And I don’t know if I’m relieved or disappointed.

So in the meantime, I do what I do. I read. I research. I prepare. I’ve made a doctor’s appointment and let family and Co workers know. I’ve ordered a medical bracelet.

But this is Maine. Seafood is huge in our culture here. Sigh.

Mark one off the list…

I haven’t been around because I’ve been frantically knitting holiday mini projects. I just finished this hat and mittens for a friend’s daughter and will give that to them tomorrow. The yarn was a freebie on Rav and the yarn is Rowan’s Pure Wool Worsted, my go to, it seems like. :)

I also have to redo a dog sweater because WOW were we off with the size, plus baby shower stuff. And I did finished a little pull over top, but as it’s cotton and short sleeves and it SNOWED in Maine today, I haven’t got a photo of it yet. :)

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Done!

And the sweater is finished. I absolutely, positively adore it. I wore it to work today, but as is typical for late summer/ early fall in Maine, I had taken it off just after lunch time. Layer up in the morning, strip ’em off in the afternoon. :)

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In other news, my Poorly Puppy is feeling much better. She still is not completely herself, but she is feeling much, much better than she was the other day. I’ll take it!

The Tale of the Poorly Puppy

There once was a Dachshund with a ragweed allergy. Yes, dear readers, you read correctly. Ragweed. In a dog with very little legs. This year, the sweet dog had a very severe reaction, much to her loving owner’s heartbreak.

So off to the doggie doctor they went, to see what could be done. They vet looked her over and a discussion was had and together, they came up with a plan.

There, they discovered that poor, sweet Belle had the start of two hot spots (one on her rump, the other the base of her tail) that had fortunately crusted over already, ONE flea that had played hide and seek very well, but was enough to cause great distress, and a skin infection due to excessive chewing and digging on her belly.

The plan of attack, they decided, would be an antibiotic, a steroid, to trim the hair around the hot spots, and for the loving owner to add Omega-3 to Belle’s daily offerings.

In short, it’s been a very long week and there has not been a lot of knitting accomplished in the last couple of days. I did get the heavy sweater put together, but have not had a chance to trim the ends or block it yet. I’ve cast on a summer sweater out of Blue Sky Skinny Cotton, but haven’t gotten past the yoke yet because Belle takes priority. And if she is still feeling poorly tonight, then there will probably be more cuddling and reading than there will be knitting, but that’s ok. Puppy takes priority (she’s nine, so I’m not sure what sort of puppy she is anymore, though. LOL)

WIP…. Tuesday?

This is the sweater I am currently seaming. I fixed a shoulder this morning (very displeased with how it turned out the first time). I finished the neutral on one side this morning, need to seam up the darks, then do the other side as well. I am hoping that I manage to do that tonight.

I hope.

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