Archive for October 21st, 2013

Most of what I wanted to accomplish this weekend was done. Thank the powers of the universe for The Skipper’s two grandchildren. Along with The Skipper’s son and daughter-in-law, the 10 year old and 2 year old grandchildren came for a visit. The Yarn Rascal adores them and they love him. So while the threesome were busy tiring themselves out under the watchful eyes of parents and grandfather I was able to patiently concentrate and complete the tech editing, seam the sample set-in sleeve, finish the hat that goes with the baby cardi and block it. The only thing I didn’t do was sew the buttons on the cardi, but by then I was a bit tired myself. I also didn’t fool around with my new camera, but hopefully I’ll get to testing it out today.

The doctor’s appointment went well. When I receive a thumbs up after a check up from my oncology team of doctors I always feel like a weight has been lifted from me. I wonder if the feeling is similar to what a prisoner on death row feels when a stay of execution is granted? My Radiology Oncologist reminded me that I am not yet 6 months from my last radiation treatment so the extreme tiredness I feel at times is due to the radiation treatments and my pushing my body too far. The itchy feeling in the radiated area is also a by product of treatment and will go away with time.

With all that behind me, I can now turn at least part of my attention to finishing the Mommy and Me Socks I’m working on. The rest of my attention is for a project I was going to keep secret but have decided otherwise. It’s insane really, and I wonder if I should book ahead of time a room, padded preferably, in one of the nicer mental health hospitals in the area. I am planning on designing a Shetland Lace Baby Blanket using Shetland cobweb yarn. (Can’t you see Yarn Rascal with cobweb yarn?)The edging and border designs have been settled. I am now considering center designs.

I have been researching Shetland Lace, the patterns and the knitting. I have also been reading about the way a blanket is constructed, which led to more reading about ways of knitting, specifically casting on and picking up stitches. At the moment, I my research is incomplete and what is vexing me beyond all reason is why the entire library system in the county I live in has no Shetland knitting books. Therefore, I am combing the internet and ordering books that I think will help. The Skipper wondered if it wouldn’t be cheaper just to send me to the Shetland Isles. He didn’t mention a return ticket.

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