A nurse who knits…

August 31, 2005

Knitting pics…

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I haven’t been knitting at all this week. I’ve been too busy trying to keep up with class. But we didn’t have to get to class until 11:30 so I have a bit of time to post pics of my knitting progress during my cross country trip.

The Bird’s Nest Shawl is still not finished. I have one more repeat of the lace pattern…. Meaning another 100 rows or so… ugh. But it’s progressing nicely. Here’s a pic of the shawl and a closeup of the lace. Lace always looks like a bunch of wet noodles before blocking so it WILL look better after I block it.

The next picture is my finished but unblocked Tivoli T shirt. It fits me well and I’m going to wash it this weekend so I can wear it next week.


And these last two are of Max the cat. She’s my new roomie’s cat and she loves Matt. She followed him around while he was here with me. She even jumped up on the bookcase that Matt was putting together for me so she could be close to him. Such a goofy cat!




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August 29, 2005

I officially hate spammers

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Ok… if you do not have anything to say about my entry, please don’t post a comment. It’s annoying. I love getting comments (thank you Ruth!) I like knowing that others read my blog and maybe enjoy it. Please don’t leave me comments about advertising products. I will delete them. And the more I have to delete, the more I get annoyed. If the problem continues, I’ll have to take action. I don’t know what action I can take as of yet, but I will figure it out.

I made it!!!

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I’ve arrived in East Lansing last Tuesday night just in time to take my Pathophysiology final. I basically moved my stuff into my room, greeted my roommate and had an intense cramming until Wednesday afternoon when I took my test with my proctor.

After visiting Minnesota, my boyfriend Matt and I drove thru Wisconsin. We made a pit stop in his college town, Menomenie,WI. He went to the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Talk about small town… It was on the historic Laura Ingells Wilder highway right across the border from Minnesota and a “river ran thru it”…. haha… I’ve always wanted to say that. It was beautiful but there wasn’t much in the way of economy there. Lots of establishments had closed down and a once “lively” mall had two cars in the parking lot. And I think that’s because there was a McDonald’s next door. Here are a few pictures of the town.

The watchtower of Stout

Downtown Menomenie- Not much going on here

The emptiest parking lot in an American mall (and this was during business hours!)

After we drove thru Wisconsin, we spent a few days in Chicago site seeing and visiting with some of my relatives. We saw the Museum of Art, the original Uno’s pizzeria (where we had some Chicago style pizza. I didn’t really care for it. Too doughy), the Sears tower, and the Museum of Science and Industry. The Body Worlds exhibit was at the Museum of Science and Industry and I finally got to see it. If you ever have a chance to see it, please do. It gives you a sense of how wonderfully complex the human body really is. And here are a few pics of Chicago…


The first one is a Picaso that we saw at the Museum of Art. Unfortunately, I forgot which one. The next picture is actually of a miniature room that is displayed at the MOA. Incredible replicas of European and American rooms miniturized are on display. The Sears tower is an incredible site and even more incredible when you pay $12 to go up the elevator and get a bird’s eye view of the city. And of course, if you are a big Oprah fan like I am, you have to get a pic of the studio sign.

After we got to Michigan, my time has been spent buying furniture, putting the furniture together, buying an incredible amount of books, and trying to calm myself down. I drove my boyfriend to the airport this morning. snifff….. I had to cheer myself up by going to THE LYS of Lansing, Threadbear Fiber Arts. I touched a whold bunch of yarn but managed to restrain myself to bamboo circulars and some blocking pins for this darned Bird’s Nest Shawl that is almost finished. I also got to pet some canines for which I was very grateful since I’m missing my pups terribly. They’ve got a whole bunch of knitting events that I’ll have to tear myself away from studying to go to. You know they’re twisting my arm.

Anyway, the first day of school is tomorrow and I have to finish up some reading for class. Can you believe it??? I already have homework and I haven’t even been to class yet…




August 19, 2005

Halfway to Michigan!

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I’m halfway to Michigan. Matt and I are in Minnesota visiting his family right now but here are some pictures of some sites along the way.



This is a sight I won’t miss. Insane traffic. We were on I-15 on the way to Vegas when a mobile home caught fire in the slow lane. We ended up idling like people in line for a ride at Disneyland for an hour and forty five minutes.


Matt and I at a picture stop in Utah. There were incredible views in Utah and Colorado. I want to go back soon to go camping. Maybe next year after school is over.


This was taken at Zion National Park. This is an incredible place. Because of the little traffic congestion in Vegas we got here about 2 hours later than we planned and it started getting really dark. The good thing is that there is a shuttle that takes you from designated parking stops in a nearby town to the entrance of the park. From there you take a shuttle that takes you around Scenic Drive. The whole tour takes about 90 minutes and you can stop and board at a number of stops. There are tons of hiking trails but since it was getting dark we just rode the shuttle to get the most amount of overall site seeing. The next time we come, we’ll take a few days so we can hike around.


This is another mountain range in Utah. Such a beautiful state…

I’ll post more pictures of our cross country drive when I get them all categorized. That is such a pain.

As for knitting… I finished my Tivoli T-shirt. I’ll take a picture of it when I get to Michigan. The Bird’s Nest shawl is currently the WIP. I want to start something else but all my yarn is stashed behind the driver’s seat in my car. And the thought of making my way to it is not something I’m willing to pursue right now. I have everything packed perfectly and don’t want to mess it up before I unload at my apartment.

After a few more days here, we have a stop in Chicago before we make our way to MI. Any suggestions for sightseeing will be appreciated!

August 12, 2005

Last post in San Diego

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Sniff… Sniff…

I’m spending my last day in San Diego packing up my car for the road trip to Michigan. I’m all ready just waiting for tomorrow but I find myself getting more and more sad. I think of all the things and people I’m going to miss:(

I went to AAA and got my trip planned. That is really a valuable resource and I’m glad I signed up for that service. Even if I never get towed, it was worth the free maps and the discounts on hotels and travel.

I spent the week on errands. I hardly got to knit at all which is highly unusual. I did get two new toys to play with. I got a new cell phone and changed my calling plan to a nation wide plan. That way I don’t get kicked in the butt with roaming charges and get to keep my phone so my San Diego friends and family don’t have to pay long distance charges to call me. And I got a new digital camera so that I can include more pictures in my blog. I got a Panasonic DMC-LZ1 and I love it! It takes great pictures and is really easy to use. Here is a link to the specs.

And here are a few pictures taken with my new camera.



This one is of me and my two dogs Waldo and Wendy.


My sister’s dog Zoey loves to give hugs and kisses.


And this is Zoey just mugging for the camera

And no knitting blog post is complete without a shot of WIP.


My Tivoli T shirt in the making. I’m almost done with it. Just need to do the wast increases. I highly recommend this pattern. It’s easy and best of all, hardly any ends to weave in!

My next post will be on the road or in Michigan…

August 8, 2005

Just random thoughts….

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I got back from the dentist about an hour ago for my last perio treatment. Periodontal disease really sucks. It starts out as gingavitis and progresses to gum infection. I had the latter. My gums were puffy and I had deep pockets in my gums because of the infection. My dentist put me on a periodontal regimen that consisted of root planning. Basically they have to numb you up so that they can dig around under the gums and get at tarter that builds up on the roots. Yuck! They say it developed because I hadn’t been going in for my regular dental cleanings. Which is hard to do when you don’t have dental insurance. All in all, these deep cleanings cost me $1200. I really need to find dental insurance:(

The news is blaring in the background and gas prices are up again. At one station in San Diego, 87 unleaded goes for $2.85! Unbelievable… My road trip to MI is going to cost an arm and a leg. The highest prices in CA are in the Ventura/Santa Barbara area. Yikes… It’s a good thing I don’t go to Cal Poly SLO anymore. Those poor students must definitely using the bus.

I decided that I really need to buy a digital camera before embarking on my trip. I leave on Saturday and would really like to have my own camera to take pictures of the sites I get to see. I’ve been using my mom’s or my boyfriend’s camera so pictures have been a bit sparse on the ol’ blog. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d appreciate them. I’m looking for a slim design. I like my mom’s Cannon A40 a lot. It’s 3.1 MP and that’s probably all I’m going to need.

Last Saturday night, I got to see some of my friends at a party that my boyfriend threw for me. It was really fun seeing everyone and I think we all had a good time. I’m starting to get a bit sentimental and sad about leaving for a year but it will go by fast.

Well, I have to get back to packing. I don’t really think I’m going to bring that much with me but I have to make decisions on what to bring. That will take a while…

Oh, I got a question on the Lacy Kerchief Scarf from Interweave. I couldn’t figure out how to do the increase row and wrote the magazine about that. The directions first stated to do the increases every 8 rows and later in the pattern to repeat the increases every 6 rows. What happened to the other 2 rows??? If anyone is making this scarf and is stuck, here is the response to my question. I know it’s kinda long but it may help someone.

Hello,

I have a problem knitting this pattern. I was following the directions and

chart and was doing well until I got to the yarnover inc row. It basically

says to increase a stitch in the garter section by yo. Then it says to work

5 rows in pattern. This is where I get confused. At row 6, I have 20

stitches. To repeat row 1, I need 18. What do I do?

Thanks,

Gail

ANSWER:

Once you have worked the Yarnover Inc Row to make 5 garter sts between

the markers, you are going to start increasing every 6th row (an inc

row, followed by 5 rows worked even). Previously, you were increasing

every 8 rows, which coincided with the 8-row pattern repeat, and

you could conveniently increase on Row 1. Alas, this tidy situation is

about to end because the increases will now be placed closer together

(every 6th row).

“Continue in chart pattern as established, and rep the shaping of the

last X rows” means to continue the *entire* pattern going just as it has

been all along, but the shaping is now going to be worked over X rows,

which is different from how the shaping was done previously.

So, this means to keep working chart Rows 1 – 8 over and over, but the

increase row will happen after every 5 rows have worked even.

Here’s how the first few rows of the new scheme will play out, just to

get you started:

Row 1: Increase as given for Yarnover Inc Row–5 sts between markers.

Rows 2 – 6: Work 5 rows even in pattern from chart–uh oh, it’s increase

time again.

Row 7: Work Row 7 of chart, *and* increase in the center section as you

did for the Yarnover Inc Row–6 sts between markers.

Row 8: Work 1 row even in pattern from chart.

Rows 1 – 4: Work 4 more rows even in pattern from chart; there have now

been 5 rows worked even since the last time you increased, so an

increase row is coming up next.

Row 5: Work Row 5 of chart, *and* increase in center section as

before–7 sts between markers.

Rows 6 – 8: Work 3 rows even in pattern from chart.

Rows 1 and 2: Work 2 more rows even in pattern from chart; there have

now been 5 rows worked even since the last time you increased, so you

can guess what’s coming.

Row 3: Work Row 3 of chart, *and* increase in center section as

before–8 sts between markers.

I think you get the hang of it from here. If it helps, list Rows 1 – 8

three times on a piece of paper, then circle every 6th row to indicate

an increase row; make sure there are 5 plain rows between each circled

one. Because 24 rows is divisible by both 8 and 6, every 24 rows you’ll

be back to increasing on Row 1 of the chart again.

You can also use five safety pins or removable markers to keep track of

when to increase. Hang a safety pin or marker in the first stitch of

every work-even row. When you’ve used up all five pins, the next row has

to be an increase row. Remove the pins after working the increase row so

you can re-use them to track the next 5 work-even rows.

In general, if you have been repeating a pattern over and over you

should continue to repeat all the pattern rows the same way in order to

keep the fabric looking consistent, even if the shaping switches gears.

You mostly encounter different increase intervals when making sleeves,

where you might start off increasing every 4 rows, and then maybe have

to increase every 6 rows, and then every 8 rows. The stitch pattern

repeats continuously throughout the sleeve, even though the increases

don’t necessarily land on the same pattern rows as they initially did.

Varying the increase rate doesn’t happen as often in lace projects

because they tend to have straight sides like rectangles (no increasing)

or triangles (always increasing or decreasing at exactly the same rate).

However, you will occasionally see lace pieces with a sinuous curved

edge like our Lacy Kerchief Scarf. The main thing is to keep the chart

pattern going according to its original plan so the lace looks correct,

and work out a your own personal system for keeping track of the

increases when they don’t coincide neatly with the main pattern.

August 5, 2005

I was really bad…

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I had the best of intentions this morning. I woke up and planned my day. I would go to the post office, bank, the mall to pick up some desperately needed jeans, then study for my final. I finished my online classwork. All that’s left is the final. Yikes!

Well, I accomplished the first two tasks on my list. That’s when the detour starts. I took a drive to Encinitas and visited Common Threads. They were having a sale today and I needed to pick up the Rowan Cotton 4 ply that Nancy special ordered for me. I saw it and fell in love. I got 5 balls of shade 130 which is a muted lavender color. It knits up at fingerling weight and is destined for my Orangina. There were yarns on sale for 30% off today. I almost bought some yarn to make another Ribby cardi in white or cream but the yarn I was looking at (the name escapes me right now) was still expensive:( I did score some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Victorian Pink to make the ballet T-shirt from Loop de Loop. I received that in the mail last Monday and I love, love, love the designs in it. Very inspirational. The best part is i got all my yarn at 30% off. Common Threads was having their ballon sale. Basically, they hid little coupons in ballons and the discounts ranged from 10% to 50%. You pick a ballon and when you go up to the counter to pay, they pop the ballon and you get the discount that you picked. I picked at 30% off ballon. Yeah! So I got my 5 balls of 4 ply and 2 balls of Cotton Fleece for $36. What a steal! The lady in front of me was even luckier. She drew a 50% off ballon.

Knitting wise, I’m still working on my Tivoli T-shirt and my Bird’s Nest Shawl. I’m about halfway done with both. I don’t know about the Apricot Shine that I’m making the Tivoli in. It’s really yellow. But not a lemon yellow. I tend to like pale pastelly yellow instead of school bus yellow which is what Apricot Shine reminds me of. I just keep thinking to myself that this is my practice Tivoli T. If I like it, I could always get a different color of Shine or Cotton Fleece. I think Cotton Fleece is my new favorite yarn. You can get 215 yards of worsted weight yarn for about $8 in lots of yummy colors.

On Wednesday I saw a free concert put on by KPRI. They gave away tickets to loyal listeners and one of my friends is on that list. They emailed loyal listeners and informed them that they could get tickets for a Tristan Prettyman concert on the Hornblower for free! You just had to pick them up at Henry’s in Encinitas or at Tower Records.

I am so glad I went. My friend had a big group go and we had a great time. The view from the Hornblower boat was beautiful. We left in time to see the sunset. Incidentally, I am so mad that I forgot my camera. Tristan Prettyman was great too. She sings, writes her own songs, and plays the guitar. And her record just got released by Virgin Records. I bought her CD on the boat and she signed it for me! If you want to listen to samples of her music, click here I don’t know if she’d be pleased with the comparison, but she kind of sounds like Jewel…

August 1, 2005

Time is passing me by…

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I can’t believe how fast the days are flying by. I’ll be on the road to MI in about 2 weeks. My boyfriend and I will be driving out there together and he’ll be flying home alone:( I’m going to miss him a lot but am really excited to be starting my new and temporary life. I’m not looking forward to driving. That is going to totally suck.
I am trying to map out our course. I got driving directions from mapquest but I haven’t figured out where to stop along the way. I want to stop at fun touristy spots and just sites in general. I did find that Zion National Park is beautiful and I plan on making a stop there. And I found out from some KR friends that Independence Pass in CO is a hair raising experience. It’s really hard to find stuff online. I guess I’ll have to haunt some travel blogs to find some neat things to see. It’s not like I’ll be driving cross country all the time so I want to make the most out of this trip. If anyone has any suggestions for stuff to see when I go across Utah, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, or Minnesota/Michigan, let me know.

Another good thing. I actually won something. Imrtistik of I Dream in Handpainted Color was giving away free Interweave magazines to knitters who gave her their names and which issues they wanted. I think your choices were Summer and Fall 2004. So I asked her to put my name in for the Fall 2004 issue. That’s the one with the Flower Basket Shawl pattern that I’ve been salivating over for a while. And she alerted me that I won yesterday. Yeah!!! I’ve never won anything in my life and I’m happy to get a magazine with such nice patterns. Take a look

I love the following designs. Who knows if I’ll ever get around to knitting them.

  • Tartan Jacket
  • Classic Slant Cardigan
  • Touch Me Cardigan- However, it calls for 17 balls of pricey Touch Me yarn from Muench. I think it retails for around $15/ball. I won’t be making this one .
  • Keyhole Top
  • Flowerbasket Shawl- Of course!
  • Silkroad Cardigan
  • And the Lace and Tuck Ensemble

That’s quite a few patterns to love! Thank you Imrtistik… I’m eternally grateful. I’ve been looking high and low for an issue of the fall 2004 with almost no luck.

I got my issue of Vogue Knitting over the weekend. Not sure if there’s something that I want to knit yet. I have to let the designs settle and make themselves known to me. All in all, my favorite knitting magazine is Interweave Knits. I will probably re-subscribe with my new address in MI. Vogue Knitting has run it’s course for me. I’ll just buy an issue here and there when it calls for me.

Anyone hear about The fat man walking. He’s walking from San Diego to New York over the course of six months in an effort to lose weight. He was walking in temperatures of over 100 degrees throughout the southwest. He’s truly an inspiration and as soon as I don’t have to study for this online class, I’m working out!

2 weeks left in beautiful CA!!! What am I going to miss the most?