Monday, February 26, 2007

On the Road to Recovery

Last week was hectic for both husband and myself following his surgery. It's a ton of work being a caregiver and we had many challenges but somehow we survived the week. His f/u appointment was this morning with Dr. Miller and there was a Frankenstein moment as they removed the bandages revealing the staples in his knee. Whew... I didn't hurl ... and the doctor released him to go on with his life with a full leg brace and crutches for six more weeks.

Tempting II

Okay, I'll admit it... I completely lost interest in this Tempting II sweater project. It all started when I ran out of Rowan Calmer and had to order another skein from out of town. Other projects came and went and I was determined to get things caught up this weekend. While the pattern was extremely simple and looks great on the tiny designer, my sideways knit top band turned out ridiculously too big. Although I had read other posts with the same problem, for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why I was having a problem. I followed all the directions and started over 3 times which took up my whole Saturday. By Sunday, I'd lost all my patience and replaced the [k2tog, k1] with [k2togs] and knit the band on a 2x smaller needle. I'm happy with the results and especially like the comfortable feel of this yarn.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

DIY: Pincushions

When mom and I go to the monthly flea market at the colliseum, I'm drawn to baskets, handwrought alluminum, vintage potholders and vases. We've been "pricing" the vintage glamour girl head vases and finally found a couple we could reasonably afford with pincushions in mind. This was a weekend for completing projects and I gathered up some red velvet to complete our fashionable pincushions.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Hospital Knitting

I'm making the best of a bad situation here. Husband slipped on the ice this week and tore his quad muscle (upper thigh) away from his knee and today was the surgery to reattach it. The surgery went well and I got some knitting done on this baby blanket while waiting for him during surgery and recovery.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Girls Just Wanna Shop II

Kansas City here we come! I was in need of some serious shopping therapy and grabbed my girl Melanie for yet another quick overnight road trip. We can tear a mall up ... we did just that and made a day of it. We then lounged in style in our spacious Embassy suite that had plenty of room to lay out all of our loot from the mall. It was some very much needed GIRL-TIME and rejuvenated me for the work week ahead. Love ya, girlfriend!!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Magic Stripes Thigh-High Socks

These socks fit the bill for a quick and easy weekend or portable traveling project. The pattern is available on the Lion Brand website but I found mine in the Spring 2006 knit.1 VOGUEknitting issue. The ribbing makes for a nice, snug fit and can also be knitted longer in length for the scrunchy legwarmer look that's back --- That's hot!!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

One Mighty Long Sock

Taking a break from complicated projects to amuse myself with these quite long (thigh-high) socks. In the meantime, the wait continues for my backordered Rowan yarn for Wicked. I like how Stitchywitch adapted hers for quarter length sleeves. If only I was blessed with such thin arms -- I think I'll have to stick to the short sleeve version.