A nurse who knits…

June 22, 2006

Vintage sizing???

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 9:33 pm

Don’t ask me how I stumbled on this one. I’m supposed to be studying right now and I’m surfing the net! Again!!! Oh well, at least I am learning something.

Like that in the 1950’s , I’d be a size 12. I’m a size 0 or 2 in today’s sizes. Sooo I guess we’re fooling ourselves into thinking that we’re thinner than we really are. Check out this size chart Gosh, I feel fat. I don’t know how much that is going to motivate me to stop eating out so much. I think that’s my main problem. That and drinking beer. Alcohol will put the weight on ya.

In other news, I’m a star!!! Rob from Threadbear put me in his newsletter. Here I am modeling the Lucy bag.

Of course I had to buy the pattern. Luckily I have tons of yarn that will felt. What color to knit it in though???

My Baby Albert that I’m working on as a present is almost done. The left front and sleeves are all that are left. I’ll post a pic as soon as I’m done.

In the frog pond, my Clapotis. I was well into the straight rows when I miscounted and dropped a stitch in the wrong place. What happened you ask? Yarnovers stop the dropped stitch from ruining the piece. And well, I ruined the piece. I ripped it back and I’m starting over. I decided since I messed it up, I’m going to change the dimensions. The pattern written as is makes a huge wrap. And since I got a bulky wool, it’s not good. So I’m going to make it a bit smaller so I don’t look overwhelmed when I wear it. Which will not be anytime soon since it’s soooo hot in MI.

It’s true what people say about humidity. I’ve happily walked outside in 90 deg weather in San Diego without cursing the sun. But here, I can hardly breathe. It feels like the air is saturated with water. Which is not a good thing. Give me dry heat any day. At least there aren’t mosquitos too.


June 15, 2006

I don’t want to study…

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 9:39 am

So… I’ve been surfing the web. I found out yesterday that Community Health which is the class I’m taking now, is not going to be covered on the NCLX. So… who cares??? I ‘m still going to study so I can do well on exams but it’s not vital that I remember the difference between community based health care and community oriented health care. Sounds the same, doesn’t it? Trust me, there is a difference.

I bought the pattern for Ms. Marigold and I’m trying to decide if I want to knit this lovely with alpacca. It calls for DK weight Knit Picks Elegance. I do have Andean silk which is a similar weight but I’m wondering if alpacca is to warm for this summer top. I do love it in the yellow too:)

I’m making progress on the Baby Einstein. The lower portion and the right front are finished and I have yet to start the second ball of yarn. My second Orangina is alos progressing nicely. It will probably be done next week. Gosh… no TV, roommate, boyfriend who lives in the same town, and senioritis make for ideal knitting conditions.

The other thing I was surfing online for was what the heck do I need to do to get my nursing license in California. I finally figured it out and will have to part with $137 for the application fee, fingerprint card processing, and interim permit. What’s the interim permit? It will allow me to work w/o taking my NCLX. I don’t get to administer meds but I get to do everything else like assessment and other aspects of patient care. The whole paperwork process and degree verification takes 6-8 weeks. So if I want to start my new job by Aug 29, I got to get this thing in the mail by early next week. Oh… I don’t think I said, I accepted a job at Sharp Grossmont working on the stroke PCU. It is a floor that has patients that are hooked up to monitors. Most of them will have had some kind of CVA. I thought this would be a great place to start my career. The manager seems really responsive and more importantly cool and the staff seems to be really happy to be there. More to come when I start.

However, I don’t want to stay there forever. I really liked my OB rotation and think my ultimate goal is to become a women’s health NP or certified nurse midwife. I think that births have way more medical interventions performed that are absolutely necessary and that women will benefit from the nursing model. The US ranks 27th in terms of infant mortality and poor pregnancy outcomes. Countries like Greece, Estonia, Spain, and Lithuania have lower rates of infant mortality than the United States even though we have the highest number of OB/GYNs and neonatologists in the world. Most of the European countries use midwives to help women birth their babies. So… I looked into programs. There are only 3 in CA. UCSF, CSU Fullerton and CSU San Diego. The program at UCSF looks amazing. The only problem is that it is 9 hours away from San Diego. I have a while yet to think about this though. I probably won’t go back to school until after my first baby.

Sorry for the long rambly post. You can tell, I really don’t want to study.

June 14, 2006

A big fat loser

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 7:31 am

… my socks project is awful. The Brown Sheep Wildefoot is just a horrible yarn for me. I was making the first sock of the pair with it and it’s just not my style. It might not have helped that the sock was just way too big. I guess I need to calculate gauge with the fabric stretched out. Ugh…

I’ve officially given up on the socks. I’m going to turn the yarn into a hat for someone’s birthday. Now who’s the next birthday….

June 10, 2006

Streaming Video

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 10:42 pm

I’m a huge fan of streaming video these days. I don’t get TV so this is how I get to watch shows like Desperate Housewives and Lost. But tonight I was engrossed in something different.

This link will take you to a documentary series called FRONTLINE: the age of aids. It tells the story of the history, politics, and humanity of AIDS. I was impressed of how much and how little is being done to fight the war on AIDS. Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since HIV/AIDS was first recognized. Very sobering and I highly recommend watching all 280 minutes of it.

June 9, 2006

A finished Pink Gable and more stash

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 7:51 pm

I finally finished the Pink Gable. I’m sure it’s a quick knit for most people but I’m a slow poke. I’d say it took me about 2 months to knit. Here are some pictures.

I used a pattern from Zephyr Style calle Green Gable. I was extremely happy that there was absolutely no finishing. Seaming is the death of me! It was knit in the round with raglan arms(?) The only thing I did not like about this pattern is the endless stockinette stitching. But unfortunatly I like the look of it. The lace panel was very simple and I think that this is a great project for someone looking to get into lace without going insane reading a chart.

Here are some pictures of my latest SEX (stash enchancing expediction for those of you not familiar with that acronym)

And of course, I have new WIP’s… One is a Baby Albert for my friend’s baby. It’s a boy and I didn’t want to go with the traditional blue so I went for a moss green. I also bought these cute doggie buttons. The other is another Orangina by Glampyre. My LYS was having a 20% off sale so who could resist buying some Mandrine Petit. I’m in love with this yarn! It’s 100% egyptian cotton. Soooo yummy. It’s a great sub for Rowan Cotton 4 ply which I made my first Orangina in.

I do have some socks that I’m working on but I’m so ashamed of the progress that I’m not posting any pictures. I’ll let ya see them when I have at least one pair complete.

These next pics are for fun. I laughed when I took them!