A nurse who knits…

January 29, 2006


Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 9:36 am

Hi all,

In case you haven’t noticed, I changed the template of my blog but forgot to save my sidebar stuff. So I’ll have to redo it as I have time. Yuck!!!


January 28, 2006

A working Saturday…

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 3:21 pm

Ahhh… the weekend. Most people spend their day doing chores or having fun with their friends or going on short weekend trips. The lucky few get to knit:) I get to do research for my ethical paper that’s due this Thursday. The topic: Mental health insurance parity. Now, I wouldn’t be so resistant to the idea, but we’ve already done an oral presentation on this topic last semester. At the beginning of this semester, my class was told we’d have to write a five page paper with 10 references on the same topic we did a presentation on a few weeks ago right before break. Why??? Does this make sense to anybody???

So, I’m doing that this weekend. I procrastinated and held off cause it’s the dumbest thing I ever heard. Now I agree, nurses need to be able to recognize ethical problems that they encounter in practice. But what’s the point in forcing us to write a formal paper? In my ideal world, we’d just talk about ethical issues. Or better yet, watch Grey’s Anatomy. They have at least 5 ethical issues in each episode. Like when George was sending this old crazy woman who wouldn’t leave the hospital to tests and procedures that were unnecessary. Totally unethical and something that we as nursing students could see both sides to the issue and come up with different alternatives.

I did do something fun last weekend. I went to the Detroit auto show. It was a complete madhouse. I got to see some cool cars including some that I think qualify as a “soccer mom car”. I refuse to drive a mini van when the time comes for me to cart my future kids to school. So I’m on the lookout for alternatives. Here are some pictures. Let me know which one you think is the coolest.

Now keep in mind that my boyfriend and I are not getting married or pregnant anytime soon. We talk about it all the time but I’m thinking about practicality. I need to get a car that can store more than just 2 bags of groceries when the time comes sooo…when it happens I need to have an idea. (I’m voting for the red one myself)

On the knitting front… there’s no progress on anything:( I did get to knit a bit last weekend on my way to the auto show. I knit a bit more on the back for Tubey. Here’s a pic:

It’s a cool concept of a pattern. Knit a few tubes and voila, you have a sweater. But it’s soooo tedious right now. I hate straight stockette stitch which is all this sweater is. It’s going to be beautiful I’m sure but the miles of stockinette stitch is going to be a bear.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend. I will be spending the rest of it pouring over articles that I’ve printed off and starting my paper…

January 22, 2006

I got tagged…

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 11:19 am

I guess these are called memes. I got tagged by Ruth. Yeah!

I guess these are just some questions so that others can get to know me a bit better.

Four jobs you have had in your life:
Hmmm… there haven’t been too many of those.
1. Presently I’m an accelerated options nursing student at Michigan State University. That means I go to school for only 1 year and get my BSN. It’s a crazy schedule but a good way to get your nursing degree if you’ve already got a bachelor’s degree in something else and want to change careers. I consider this a job and I’ll be done with it in August 2006. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get another job after this is all over.
2. Industrial Engineer
3. Intern positions
As you can see, I have yet to really get a fourth job.

Four movies you could watch over and over:
1. The March of the Penguins
2. Office Space
3. Like Water for Chocolate
4. Cold Mountain

Four places you have lived:
1. East Lansing, MI- only 8 months left in this insanely cold/hot place
2. San Diego, CA
3. San Luis Obispo, CA
4. Irvine, CA

Four tv shows you love to watch:
1. 30 Minute Meals with Racheal Ray
2. Desperate Housewives
3. Grey’s Anatomy
4. Simpson’s

Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Hawaii
2. New York
3. Cancun, Mexico
4. Palm Springs- Most recently…

Four websites you visit daily:
1. hotmail
2. KR
3. Yahoo News- I love the pictures. Did anyone see the story of the one eyed cat?
4. School stuff

Four of your favorite foods:
1. Creme brulee
2. lentil soup
3. pear and walnut salad
4. hummus

Four places you would rather be right now:
1. San Diego
2. Threadbear
3. Knitting
4. Sitting on the couch with my boyfriend and two dachshunds, Wendy and Waldo.

Here are a few bloggers that I would like to tag:

  • Sweet Pea Knits
  • 21st century hostess
  • Yarn Junkie
  • January 14, 2006

    Pictures to share!

    Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 7:43 pm

    I’m sitting home on a Saturday night dodging all invites from my friends to go out. I feel guilty because I haven’t studied all day. (I have tons of studying to do and assignments due next week) But I’m still not motivated. I ran errands like going to the bank, the store, the LYS… Ack… I don’t even have self control to stay away more than one week. So… I have pictures to share.

    This first one is a shot of my giant swatch of Ambra Camel Hair. I intended to make the Somewhat Cowl with this but my gauge is way off. It is a DK weight yarn that I tried to make sports weight. The tighter gauge is killing the loveliness. I have to find a more appropriate project for this soft gorgeous yarn.

    I bought this yarn when I first started knitting. I have 1000 yards of this DK yarn. I think I do want to make a sweater but which one??? Any suggestions?

    Here is a shot of the ball

    I tried finding reviews to find info like what people have knit out of it, does it pill, how does it hold its shape… But there is absolutely no information on this yarn in cyberspace. Oh well, I’ll post a review after I’m done knitting something out of it.

    I finished Orangina a few weeks ago while I was in San Diego for Christmas break. Here it is. Sorry I didn’t put it on. I still haven’t gotten around to weaving the ends in.

    Ya know… I realized after taking these pictures tonight, that I’m the world’s worst photographer. None of the pictures look the way the FO does. My apartment doesn’t have the best light. Especially at night. I’ll make it a point to take pictures during the daytime from now on.

    My next project is going to be Tubey from Knitty. Since I really can’t afford to go to luxurious yarns anymore, I picked out Patons Decore at Threadbear Take a look at these colors!

    I was going to go with Cascade 220 Superwash but they ended up costing $9 a skein. I’m on a budget… yeah that’s it.
    And of course, no entry with pics is not complete without my little pups. Here’s Wendy in just a few of her outfits.

    In the first one, she’s wearing an MSU sweatshirt that I got her last year. And of course, she still believes in Santa Claus.

    Waldo is happy as long as he has a squeaky toy to chew on. Unfortunately, Wendy chewed his ear for playing with her toy. [Sigh}

    January 5, 2006

    Here’s another quiz

    Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 8:57 pm

    …to discover your sins. Looks like pride is high on the list but greed, gluttony, and wrath rate high on the sins likely to send me to hell. At least I’m not envious of others…

    Greed: High
    Gluttony: High
    Wrath: High
    Sloth: Medium
    Envy: Low
    Lust: Very Low
    Pride: Very High

    Discover Your Sins – Click Here

    January 4, 2006

    The all important New Year’s resolutions…

    Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 1:54 pm

    Since I’ve been on vacation, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs. Most of them knitting related. I’ve slept a lot, ate a lot, and have spent lots of time with my boyfriend. I HAVE NOT been studying or thinking about school. (Even though I’ve brought books home. I’ll be regretting that decision when my poor back breaks from carrying them thru the airport on the way back to Michigan. This time of year, the blogs all have one thing in common, New Year’s Resolutions. So here are mine:)

    My personal resolutions are:
    * Exercise more- I’ve become a bonified couch potato since mmoving to MI. Partly I can blame the cold weather. But I need to start walking to protect my bones. I had a scare during the break. For the past two and a half weeks, I’ve had the worst pain in both hips. The pain then migrated to my knees. I think because I walked bowlegged to avoid pain in my hips. It was awful. Couldn’t sit comfortably, lie on my side, or walk without looking like I had an accident in my pants. And stupid me, I thought the pain would go away by itself. By the time I decided that I needed more help that popping NSAIDs or ice/heat, of course my orthopedist HAD to be on vacation until 1/3. So I suffered for another week until yesterday. Of course going thru nursing school, I thought I had everything from arthritis to a bone infection but it turned out to be trochanteric bursitis a cortisone shot in each hip cured the pain. Thank goodness for cortisone… otherwise I’d still be walking like a cowboy. Long story short, exercise will help by stretching out the muscles and tendons (In me, the iliotibial band). I’ve been avoid any activity because it hurts my joints, which is due to “unfortunate anatomy” to quote my orthopedist. I can’t do repetitive weight training. But I can do isometrics. I can’t run but I can walk and use an elliptical machine. AND I definitely can’t be swimming because of the potential to damage my shoulder. Gosh… what can I do? If anyone has any ideas other than walking or the elliptical, please let me know.
    *Eat better- I know, I know… everyone has this on there list. But damn it, I mean it this time. I want to make sure that I don’t get a chronic disease like diabetes or arterosclerosis… Doing clinicals on a med/surg floor gives me the impression that both of these diseases are a death sentance. Of course, I know it’s not true, but if I don’t have self control now, how am I going to resist a chocolate cake or chili cheese fries when I get one of those diseases?
    *Study more- It doesn’t seem possible but I need to use pockets of free time more efficiently. If given the choice between going over notes and staring at a wall, 9 times out of 10, I’d pick staring at the wall. Time management baby…
    *Be nicer to people- The boyfriend says that I have an abrasive way of saying things. I just think of it as telling the truth. But, to spare feelings, I guess I can try sugar coating some of the things I say.

    Knitting goals:
    *Knit more sweaters- I hate knitting anything that has to be finished. I hate everything about finishing. Adding buttons, seaming, even weaving in ends is a chore. I really just like knitting. Hence, the mountain of UFOs. This has got to stop. For the past year, I’ve been knitting projects that had minimal finishing like lacy shawls, scarves, and hats. I did make the Tivoli T and the Honeymoon Cami, both with so little finishing that even I could finish. Who am I kidding, they came off the needles ready to wear. I don’t even know if I wove the ends in since they were on the wrong side.
    *Knit at least a half hour a day- But after I work out… That comes first. Both are great stress relievers.
    Project goals:
    *Fairly Easy Fair Isle and the Lucky Clover Wrap- both from Stitch and Bitch Nation. I love, love, love the Rowan 4 ply cotton. I even put a bid on eBay for 10 skeins of the stuff in Tear. I hope I win it! As for the Fair Isle, we’ll have to see what I have in my stash. I don’t really have much in the way of bulky yarn but there is always a birthday gift that can be asked.
    *A ballet wrap sweater- Still have to find a pattern.
    *A lacy shawl for me that doesn’t turn out to be a scarf. I knitted the Flower Basket shawl… the small shoulder shawl and it’s not large enough to be called a shawl. Why didn’t I make it bigger, you ask? Because I bought 2 balls of Misti Alpaca Lace Weight yarn at a store in St. Paul, MN. And when I realized that it needed to be bigger, I ran out of yarn. I ususally don’t run out of yarn when I make something. I ususally have one or two balls left over.
    *Do something with those leftover balls of yarn. It sucks having the majority of your stash be random balls of yarn. I would post them on ebay to try to get rid of them, but as you can see, free time is not something I have much of.

    I guess that’s it. Really, it’s not that much…

    January 3, 2006

    No Pictures

    Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 11:37 am

    This is starting to get old I know. When I packed my bags to come home for the break, I forgot the USB cable to download pictures from my digital camera. Bummer, no new pictures to show. I swear I never use that camera….

    I went to Palm Springs last week to check out Joshua Tree National Monument My boyfriend and I drove up there on Tuesday last week and putted around the desert cities. Palm Springs is quite a lively city. The streets are lined with upscale stores and there are tons of interesting people walking around. SO and I opted to eat at a restaurant that appeared to be frequented by locals instead of the tourist… a mexican restaurant that has been in existance since the 50’s. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name. It was ok. The nacho smell coming from the patio is what drew us in. The fish tacos were good. But presentation was really bad. It came with some limp cabbage on the side for garnish. Yuck! I almost hurled when I saw the cabbage. But I just concentrated on the people watching from our seats on the patio and before I knew it, we were done with the fish tacos.

    SO and I always share entrees which is cool because I don’t get too full and we usually get an appetizer so I get to have a little variety. Serving sizes are always so big!

    We also drove around Highway 111 and stopped at a casino. There are about 5 casinos within 10 miles of each other. Lots of indian reservations. It was only about 7 pm when we started getting really tired. So we looked for a hotel. We didn’t book a hotel first! That was really nerve wracking for me. I like to at least make sure that i have a place or plan to rest my head on a pillow whether it’s a hotel room or a tent. We decided to “wing it” which freaked me out. The desert cities were not booked so we got a primo room at a Comfort Suites Inn that was accross the street from the The River which is a huge shopping center. We had wanted to get drinks and dessert after the mexican dinner. We finally ate dessert at Cheesecake Factory. I had never done that before since after a meal at the Cheesecake Factory, one rarely feels like even looking at dessert. I ordered the Strawberry Shortcake and Matt got the Tiramisu. Yum…

    The next day we drove into Indio to visit the Shield’s Date Gardens. We split a date shake and bought a date sampler and some coconut date candies for part of our lunch. Yummy.

    Then we drove into the park. The entrance of the park was about 30 miles from the cities. We drove up to the Keyes view and hiked to a miners camp. The hike was about 6 miles but I was hurting after that one. I need to make sure that I start working out again. My joints have been giving me tons of problems lately and the hike wasn’t so kind on them. I’m going to the doctor today to get myself checked out.

    On the knitting front, I’m on the last few inches of ribbing of the orangina. I stopped a bit short and had a belly shirt. I decided it wasn’t a good look for me so I picked up stitches and am currently adding to it. Hopefully I get it done soon. It’s driving me crazy.

    For my next project, I’d like to knit this.

    The pattern can be found here. I have some Filatura di Crossa Ambra Camel Hair that is the same gauge. I looked online for some info on it but apparently no one has ever used it. It’s a discontinued yarn that I got a few years ago at a sale from The Yarn Lady in Laguna. I hope it comes out ok. Or maybe I’ll splurge for the specified Blue Sky Alpacca Silk. It looks heavenly knit up…

    I leave for East Lansing on Saturday. I don’t know if I’m going to want to get on the plane and leave my sunshiney place:(