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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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. :)


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.

The question now… The pattern calls for faux pockets and I just can’t decide if I want to fuss with them or not. Sigh.2015-09-15 07.12.25

Is it done yet?

2015-09-14 09.49.40This is never a good way to start a Monday – or any day. Thankfully this is one of the computers I use at work, but fortunately it isn’t my primary computer.

Tonight, I am seaming my Carmel sweater. Sigh. I forgot how much I hate set in sleeves, though I will love my sweater.

Crunch time September

Oh September! You’re going to make me lose my mind…¬† (Not like I have a lot to lose to begin with!)

  1. I’m helping test knit a lacey cardi that’s due by September 30th. It’s adorable, but it’s going to keep me busy.
  2. I’m teaching a crochet class the last weekend of September and the first weekend of October. I’m BEYOND excited and terrified at the same time. :) And I am thrilled the owner of the LYS I work at trusts me to do this. I’ve mentioned it to customers once or twice and there’s been good feedback about it so far, which is exciting!

FO …. Thursday?

At last, I have not one, but TWO FO’s to share this morning. These are my second and third pairs of toe up socks. The green is Trekking XXL and the rust on the right? I have no idea, but I adore it. Soft and smooshy. Not to say I don’t adore the Trekking, but it’s got a much “stiffer” feel to the yarn.

The rust pair has been done for a bit, the green close to it, but I had to redo the heel on one because it was lop sided (and stayed lop sided, for some reason), then I had to redo the cuffs on all of them because they were too tight to get on over my heels.

Pointer. I discovered that I REALLY like size one for the foot and heel of the sock, but some where in the leg, I need to switch up to a size two needle to have it be loose enough to get on over my heel. Fits beautifully this way. :)

Now I’m on to wrap up a pair of cuff down socks that I have had going since spring because I keep getting side tracked. Truly considering an afterthought heel on these just for the sake of speed.

What is everyone else working on? Hm?

THAT project. You know the one . . .

Surely we all have that one project that we lose excitement for right? The one that just keeps going on and on and never ends? What do you do then?

I have this lovely scarf out of Isager that is so simple – it’s garter stitch with an increase at the start of each row. That’s it. But it’s lace weight and light and frothy and so lovely. I love the yarn and it’s so pretty, but now I just want it off my needles and done.

So what do you do when the excitement has fizzled? Do you plow on? Do you frog it? Does it depend on the project?