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A Cowl and Mitts, O My!

My newest knit is a cowl and fingerless mitt set from Anne Hanson called curling neckwarmer and mitts

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The neckwarmer and one mitt is complete. I can say they were an enjoyable knit because the knitting gods have already turned their attention on me and the second mitt. It is masochistic knitting at its best. The mitt was started three times because I seemed unable to put the thumb gusset in the proper place for a right handed mitt.

To complicate matters more, and afterall that is what masochistic knitting is all about, complicating things to the nth degree, I decided to knit the mitts on US size one needles that are nine inch circulars. The needles are teeny-weeny things. At first, I thought I had definitely found the way to madness. The pattern is composed of knit and purls and the purls were coming out looser than usual causing ladders. I worked on the way I held and knit on the needles and the results were much better. The problem that this change in knitting caused was once I got my knit on with the teeny circulars when I went to knit on regular size needles I was all messed up. So I decided the answer was monogamy. I will knit only the mitt until it is done no matter how much my knitting desires tend to roam.

The second problem, Yarn Rascal loves the mitts. They are small, fit nicely in his mouth and they are made of yarn. Yarn Rascal is on his liver medication and eating his special food so he is feeling much more like himself. Thus while I am knitting this tiny mitt on these teeny needles Yarn Rascal is sitting in my lap with the end of the glove in his mouth. Not optimal knitting circumstances.

He is so enamored of these mitts and the tiny needles that he stole the project last night and hid it. Before I could knit on it I had to find it which took a good twenty minutes. The dog really knows how to hide things.

If all goes as planned, and I have no reason to believe that it will, I should have the second mitt done before the polar vortex leaves. If not, then maybe by next summer.

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Yarn Rascal

This past week has been kind of rough. We learned that Yarn Rascal, who is 3 years old, has a small liver that is giving him problems. While the vet says the “prognosis is good” it has meant all kinds of changes. First he must take medication which he doesn’t like at all. Second we must feed him small amounts of special food three times a day. This just kills me because I had worked so hard to find organic high quality food which he loved. The special food is made up of chemicals which I am not comfortable with, but is necessary if we want to keep the liver from going into cirrhosis.

Yarn Rascal was given to me by The Skipper when I was in the middle of my breast cancer treatments and felt I just couldn’t continue on with them. I had hit a wall physically and mentally. Yarn Rascal rescued me and helped me continue my treatments. He is also the driving force behind my staying on my cancer medication for these last three years even though I am constantly in pain from it. Needless to say, this is all upsetting.

Yarn Rascal has a natural sunny disposition and is getting back to being himself though there is a lot that he can no longer have. His chew bones that he loved is one of the casualties. Needless to say, Yarn Rascal from here on in will have full access to the yarn vault and the Rubbermaid bins he so loves to open. It is my hope that Yarn Rascal stays with me for a long time still, but I only have so much control over what his liver does.

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