A nurse who knits…

December 25, 2006

New knitting group

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 5:22 am

I started a new knitting group on Yahoo groups. If anyone wants to meet up in North County San Diego, please join. I found the group that meets at the Whistlestop in North Park a little hard to get to know. The bar is kinda dark and smelly. The group seemed ok but the environment made it hard to see stitches. I envision the group meeting in a coffeeshop somewhere. I do like knitting over at Common Threads. I wonder if the owners would mind a group of us getting together some night there.  Click the button below to join!


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December 23, 2006

Vintage velvet is fini!

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 10:38 pm

I made my deadline. Thank goodness. I was getting worried. Here are the stats on this project.

Pattern: Vintage Velvet scarf from Scarf Style.

Yarn: Muench Touch Me in Deep Plum

Needles: Denise Interchangeables in size 8 and a cable needle from Bryspun.

Verdict: I love the yarn. It looked much more lush before I felted it in the washer/dryer. In fact I’m still deciding whether I like it better unfelted or not. But it’s felted so let’s not cry over spilt milk. The color is beautiful and the texture while knitting was springy and satisfying. I didn’t experience the worming that many people did. Here’s a picture for you to judge for yourself.

Here’s the scarf prefelting.

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And after felting:

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Pictures just do not do justice for this fine scarf. At least not my pictures. But you get the idea. Would I knit this scarf again??? Yes but it’s a bit monotonous.  It was basically a 1×1 ribbed scarf with a cable thrown in every few stitches.  Good for a beginner or if you want mindless projects for watching tv.  Time to wrap this baby up!

Knitting goals for next year:

  1.  Learn how to finish sweaters so they look more professional- I hate seaming/sewing so this will be quite the challenge.  I frequently have sweater pieces hanging out in my project bags/boxes.
  2. Do more cable projects.
  3. Knit another Charlotte’s Web or Flower Basket shawl.  I have yarn in my stash.

Merry Christmas everyone if I don’t get to post again until after the holiday!

Pet handknits.

Filed under: Life in general,Nursing — yarnnut @ 6:34 am

I knit this scarf a few years ago and snapped this picture last week of my little dog Wendy.
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She loves clothes and the scarf is no exception. She is so cute about modelling that I think I’ll use her more often a la Kristi

December 21, 2006

The holidays are exhausting….

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general — yarnnut @ 5:24 pm

Mostly because of my long hours at the hospital.  I thought the 3 – 12 hour shifts were going to be cake but when I get home I’m exhausted and I pretty much don’t do anything the next day except lounge around.  And I think I’m getting a bit of a cold.   The nose is runny!

Today I plan on knitting/crocheting Christmas presents feverishly and wrapping presents.  I’m finishing up a blanket that I started about 4 years ago for Matt that has been languishing in that almost finished state.  Everytime he finds it in the closet, he says “Our love is not complete until the blanket is…” Ugh, what a guilt trip.  Why did I tell him it was for him?  Oh well, I’m determined that it will get done in time for this Christmas.

The other present is for my mom.  I’m knitting her the “Vintage Velvet” scarf from Scarf Style.   I’m using the specified yarn, Muench Touch Me.  It’s such a nice yarn but I wonder if I could have used the Lion Brand Chenille for this.  I figured my mom is totally worth the splurge though and it’s a Christmas present.  Besides she’s been asking me for a scarf the last couple of months and this would be well worth the wait.   Pictures of both projects will be posted after they are complete.

Tomorrow I have to work.  Ugh… that gets in the way of knitting time lol… But I do love work while I’m there.  I got my first personal note from a patient.  I usually get profuse thanks for taking care of patients and even some hugs but this is the first written thanks that I’ve gotten.  It was from a woman who is determined that she needs to die and that everyone needs to leave her alone and that everyone treating her is wasting her time.  She had a whole bunch of chronic conditions.  When she told me that, I told her I have to keep giving her medication but we’ll see about her doctor transfering her to the appropriate facility.  Her family was trying to force her to fight her condition but she said she was tired of living.  Long story short, she went to a skilled nursing facility.  She thanked me for listening to her and letting her know that she makes all her decisions, not her family.   I was really sad when she left but I hope that she’s comfortable there.

I work on Chrismas Eve, Christmas, and the day after but I get 7 days off after that!  Yeah!!! I have no idea what we’re doing for New Years yet… Probably just stay home and relax.  I do have a few friends from MI who want to do something but I’m such as slacker that I haven’t investigated anything yet.  Maybe I’ll have a party…

December 12, 2006

My denise tip broke!

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 5:20 am

I’m sooo sad.  I was knitting a baby sweater with my denise size 5 tip and was knitting along when the tip snapped in half.  How awful since I don’t have any other size 5 needles.  I’m stuck:(  I guess I’ll have to go to the LYS tomorrow.  The kit does have a lifetime guarentee so I emailed the company to let them know my tip snapped.   I hope they send me a new tip.

I would take a progress pic of my WIP but it’s a present for a friend and I know she reads my blog… I’ll post a pic when it’s finished and gifted.

December 8, 2006

Wine tasting in Napa

Filed under: Life in general,Travel — yarnnut @ 5:37 am

I had 5 days off from work so Matt and I headed up San Francisco last Friday to visit friends and continuing on to Napa for a bit of wine tasting. We did the 7 hour boring route on I-5 on Friday so we could make it in time to have dinner with my friends. The boring route consists of driving thru the yucky areas of LA, thru the farmland of Fresno, and winding thru the garlicy smell of Gilroy. It was alright, just very flat land covered in crops. We got into San Jose around 7 pm and had dinner with my friends at a very ritzy area of town called Santana Row. I didn’t take pictures of the mall because I didn’t want to look like too much of a tourist.

While in San Jose, my friend Michelle took us to the Winchester House. The widow of the Winchester fortune built the house at the turn of the century as a tribute to the ghosts killed by Winchester guns. That’s right… her husband manufactured guns and she went crazy. The house had over 100 rooms, doors that lead to nowhere, and tiny staircases. Mrs. Winchester employed 16 carpenters at any one time and depended on a psychic to tell her how to build her house. All I know is that if she was born today, she would have found herself in a locked down mental health treatment center. Here’s a link to the Winchester House. Here are a few pics of our visit.

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This one is of the weird “13” that Mrs. Winchester requested to be carved into a tree. She had a thing for the number 13 so she had rooms that had 13 windows and stair cases that had 13 steps. Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis is me and Michelle in the middle of 3 flights of stairs that took us about 3 feet up to the next level. On Sunday we headed up to Napa for 2 days and stayed at a beautiful hotel called Vino Bello. It was actually a time share that wasn’t selling time shares right now. The resort was open to people trading time shares and people like us. It was sooo nice and we only spent $100 a night. What a deal especially for wine country! I spent more on crappy hotels driving thru Wyoming.

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View of the bed. The rest of the room was equally beautiful.And here are a few shots of us in Napa. We got on a Wine van. It picked us up at 9:45 and got us back to our hotel at 4:30 safe and sound. The van was cool cause the driver basically took us wherever we wanted to go.

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If you’re ever in Napa, visit COPIA which is the center for wine and food. They have tastings of wine, food, and lectures/classes. We attended a lecture on the luxury of food and wine which featured speakers who were professionals on the subject (professor, restauranteur who peddles the $5000 burger in Las Vegas, a wine radio personality, and a dessert chef). Honestly the professor had way too much time on his hands if he could write more than one book on the subject of banquets. The best part… the COPIA provided “nibbles and sparkling wine” at the end of the lecture. I love free food!We were able to go to a few really cool wineries like Silverado and Montecello which we never would have toured before. They were on the Silverado trail. In the past, we stayed on Hwy 29 and missed little gems like this one.

I love Napa but it’s getting a bit touristy for me. Tasting fees are getting outrageous with some wineries charging up to $40 a flight! The next time I go wine tasting, I’m going to Sonoma. The word out is that Sonoma is more laid back and there isn’t any of the “wine snobbery”. Is that like yarn snobbery? haha… San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles also have great wines and my favorite Pinot Noir is cultivated on the Central Coast. Gotta expand my wine horizons!

Sorry for the long post but that’s what I’ve been up to. We came home late Tuesday night, I worked yesterday, had a class today, and have to work tomorrow and the weekend. Yikes! I hope I make it through 3 straight days of work… I’ll let you know how that goes. Thanks to all who encouraged me to do the right thing. I appreaciate all the advice.