A nurse who knits…

March 29, 2007

Almost finished….

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 8:24 pm

I’m still a one project kinda woman at the moment. Marilyn’s Not So Shrunken Sweater is almost done! Wait a minute. I shouldn’t jinx myself by writing that should I? I have 5 more rows on a sleeve then I have to crochet the ruffles on and sew the buttons on. The buttons may take me the longest. Ugh…finishing really sucks.

I looked online for some yarn for the Fitted Knits KAL (Link on my sidebar). I saw the Airy Wrap Around lace sweater and fell in love. Isn’t it beautiful??
I checked a few places like Smiley’s and Discount Yarn Sale. I was going to get the bag of 10 on http://www.discountyarnsale.com. The bag was $38.25. But what in the world would I used the extra for? I’m not that in love w/ mohair. Besides DYS takes such a long time to ship. I probably couldn’t stand the wait. So I found some on eBay. I got 5 balls for $22 that will ship tomorrow. I got the lilac color 3131 that Glampyre used to knit her sample in the book. I was going to get the baby pink or blue color but loved the lilac too much to let that one go.

Of course, while I was on the eBay site, I found some Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb in Watercolors. How can I resist? Of course I couldn’t. I plunked down $120 for 4 skeins. Hmmm… what to make. A clapotis! I love the one I made out of Butterflies and Bullfrogs but find it just a touch scratchy. I felt the L&L up at Threadbear once and am expecting this clappy to be to die for.

Well, back to my day off. I have this on the schedule:

  • Laundry. I have no scrubs to wear at work tomorrow. You’d think being able to wear your pajamas to work would make it easier but you stil have to do laundry. I have 6 sets of scrubs but that’s still not enough. LOL.
  • Clean out the wine fridge so we can return it. The wine fridge is making a weird noise and Sears said to just bring it back to the store for a refund. Now this is no small feat. We have over 40 bottles of wine. I have NO idea where to put that many bottles except for a wine fridge of course.
  • Finish MNSSS. I have to buy a crochet hook to do the ruffles.

March 25, 2007

I spent my Saturday…

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 6:50 pm

Hiking or what I thought to be hurling myself down a rocky ravine.  My boyfriend took me and 3 of my nursing school friends, and 3 of his co-workers to see a trussel bridge in Imperial County, CA.  If you’re at all familiar w/ southern CA, it is off the I-8 about 20 miles from El Centro.  In other words, the middle of nowhere.

Now, I was assured that this is the coolest, longest, curved trussel bridge in the country and that it was a moderate hike.  Now, I’ve hike Half Dome and thought it was a fairly difficult hike but made it in good time.  So I thought this  would be a cake walk.  Not so… I had to go up and DOWN loose rocks as well as huge boulders.  I found out on this trip that I am paranoid about falling off these rocks.  I even think I had a panic attack at the end.   In the end, the bridge was not as great as I thought.  My friends weren’t thoughouly impressed either.  My friend Kimmy was completely sunburnt.  It hurt to look at the poor woman.  To make it worse, we left so early in the morning that I didn’t get to eat breakfast.  That part of the world did not have anything even resembling a Denny’s so I didn’t get breakfast.  Matt forgot to put the lunch I packed for us the night before in our back pack so I did not get any food until we got home at 9pm.  My friends did share a bit of their lunches w/ me but I was still insanely hungry.  I must have had a blood sugar of 30 after the all day hike.  I was sooo not in a good mood.

After we looked at the bridge, Matt, 2 of the girls, and I decided to walk the train tracks back.   I was not scaling rocks again even though the others said that it would be lots shorter than what we just did.  I found out after we got to the bridge that we had gotten lost and climbed up 2 extra mountains.  That did not make my mood better.  So… we started on our 5 mile hike back.  The only thing to look forward to is that it was all flat.  We made it in about 2 hours.  Pretty good time.  The rest of the gang was supposed to pick us up since they’d get their way before us… Turns out they got lost again and had a more “cardiovascularly intense hike” according to one of the guys.  Ummm… I’m so glad I took the train tracks back.

Now, that hike was sooo bad and such a let down that I refuse to post pictures.  I told my boyfriend that I will never go back and I hate the desert.  Maybe I’ll change my mind about the desert but I still will never do that hike again.  If anyone tries to talk you into hiking to see the longest trussel bridge in the country, don’t go.  And if you do, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I do get to do something fun today.  I’ll be meeting Susan to do some knitting.  Yeah!!! I’ll post some pics of MNSSS in my next post.

March 20, 2007

No title…

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 7:10 pm

Wow… I’ve gotten so  many comments on my “Nursing Story” entry.  It was a sad for me to find out that this lady died 2 days later.  I have stories like these almost everyday that I work.  I’ll remember to post some that remind us how lucky we are to be in good health.  I’ll also post some that will inspire us to do something for someone that seems small to us but means the world to the receiving person.  I go to work tomorrow so maybe I’ll have something to post during the weekend.

I still don’t have internet at home.  We’re replacing the wireless router hopefully today so I’ll be able to surf whenever I want.  I  am still working on MNSS.  I had to start over because I decided I didn’t want it to be as shrunken as I had it.  I used a size 5 needle instead of 3 to open up the gauge and it looks perfect now.  I’m working on the body so I’m slowly catching up.

I got my copy of “Fitted Knits” in the mail.  If you’re a fan of Stephanie Japel of Glampyre like I am, you’ll love this book.  I would knit every design in the book if I could.  Too bad I’m such a slow knitter.  I want to start out with the wrap sweater.  Gotta find the perfect yarn.  I’m not a fan of mohair so I’ll be on the lookout.  If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

March 16, 2007

I am bamboo.

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 11:01 pm

This is kinda funny cause I hate bamboo knitting needles but the description fits me…

What kind of knitting needles are you?

You are bamboo.Warm, cozy, and thoughtful, you take your time and enjoy how things feel, smell, and taste. You love the craft and beauty of traditional things, and you value the comfort and experience of knitting as much as the results. But while you are reveling in your warm cozies, don’t get stuck. Warm is wonderful, but so is the whole wide world!
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March 13, 2007


Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 7:55 pm

it’s a beautiful thing. I have about 3 more inches of stockinette stitch to go on my Marilyn’s Not So Shrunken Sweater. I’ve been knitting this project like a fiend since last Saturday. What happened you ask? I met a very prolific knitter named Susan on Saturday. She makes incredible progress on sweaters and her goal is to do a sweater a month. She was working on two sweaters the day I met her and she has finished them. Check them out on her blog. Of course, having company while you knit makes the process more fun for me anyway and I managed to get done with that Prism Stuff shawl that I’m working on for my mom. No pictures of anything yet. I’m having trouble accessing the internets at home… For those who know me, you’ll know why. I’m at Panera. They have free wireless here and I had a coupon for $1 off a Pick Two combo. Yeah!!! Free internet and a deal are always good.

I have resolved to work on one project at a time. Which means I’m tied up for a while. I still have my SO’s Ribbed Cardigan from the Summer 2006 IK, the Lucky Wrap, Raspberry Socks ( I think I”ll bring these to work and knit them on my breaks). OMG… is that it. I might be able to start another project in a month!!!

I read an interesting post on Knitters Review for those who read it. Someone posted about the 80/20 rule. How 80% of your time is spent doing something and the other 20% is spent doing it. I think that’s true about pretty much anything in my life. I spend many hours researching my knitting hobby. I scour the internet looking for yarn, patterns, reading about others progress, etc. I spend what seems like a minute amount of time actually knitting. Same thing with exercise. I spend lots of time thinking that it will be good for me to do it, what exercise I would like to do, and how to motivate myself. I spend maybe an hour a week actually getting my butt off the couch. It’s a good thing that I have an active job otherwise I’d get no walking in. LOL. I even bought a new toy to motivate me. I got a Nike IPOD chip. You plug this little guy into your IPOD nano and it tracks your distance, calories, time, and whatever else. You can upload it to the Nike website and track your progress. You can even program songs to be in your power list to motivate you to go a little farther. I got it last week. And you got it, I used it ZERO times so far. My excuse is that I don’t have a workout holder to put my IPOD on my arm while I’m running. I have a holder but it doesn’t allow for the little chip which sticks out about 1 inch. My mission today after I check my email and surf the web, it to get one of those. LOL. Maybe I can report back that I used it tomorrow.

My other idea to motivate myself to get off my duff is to do the 3 day walk for the Susan G Komen foundation. Now, that’s a worthy cause but you have to raise something like $2000. And if you don’t, you have to ante up yourself. Now I don’t know if I can get that much in donations. I’m not a strong sales person. I know the cause will get donations itself but I’m still scared as I have thousands of dollars of student loan debt from nursing school. If I didn’t have the debt, I’d probably donate the $2K myself.

Well, maybe the internet will work tomorrow and I’ll get some progress pics up for you to see…

March 7, 2007

I am so weak…

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 2:04 am

I had a day off and didn’t want to do anything constructive today so I drove over toNoble Knits to check it out. Turns out they are closing:( I was so sad to find this out because the store is nice and large and it looked like they had a great yarn selection. They are pretty much sold out of yarn because they have been having a 40% off going out of business sale for a while. Here’s what I bought:
Some notions: cute buttons for baby presents, a pair of size 17 circs (you’ll see what they will be for), and a row counter.
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Two balls of Prisim Wild Stuff Half. This is some gourmet yarn. There are 2 strands either mohair, wool, alpaca, cotton, nylon, and poly.

The balls look completely different from each other but I have been assured that it’s because it’s custom dyed. I’m planning to make a stole. With this kind of yarn, a simple pattern will do. The yarn will make the garment. This was by far the most money I’d spent on 2 balls of yarn. Each was $51 for 150 yards but hey it was 40% off. I don’t think I’d ever buy yarn like this again because I’m much more of a “vanilla” yarn kinda gal. Yarns like Cascade 220 and Cotton Fleece are more up my alley. But I can experiment for 40% off.Here’s the bag that Noble Knits puts their customers’ purchases in. Isn’t it cute???

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I’ve started the right front for the Lucky Wrap and am continuing the MNSS sweater. Too many WIPs. I need to get something done!!! Tomorrow is another day!

March 3, 2007

A beautiful day…

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general — yarnnut @ 1:55 am

I got a phone call from my friend Nicole a few days ago. She told me that she was heading up to the UP of Michigan to go snow mobiling. I thought about her today while I was walking around in 70 deg sunny weather. It’s only been about 6 months since I’ve left MI, but all that snow and cold seem like a lifetime away. I should have taken a pic of the ocean for my friends in MI, but I forgot my camera. I visisted my LYS which is about a block from the beach. My excuse was that I needed to get longer size 3 Addi Turbos to make knitting my Marilyn’s Not So Shrunken Sweater more comfortable.

I didn’t do much today. I enjoyed my 2nd day off today. I get to work the weekend which is supposed to be gorgeous out. Oh well. I found out another bummer this week. My SO will be heading to Japan again for two weeks. So, I’ll miss him. 😦 Maybe he’ll get me some Japanese yarn. Any suggestions for him in terms of yarn, LYS, or notions that can only be had in Japan?

I’m watching the news as I blog this entry and the tornado in Alabama is on. Crazy weather is hitting the nation… Storms all over the place. How horrible. I forget about all this inclimate (spelling?) weather. I can’t imagine living in a place that gets tornados. Everyone else in the nation seems to be deathly afraid of earthquakes in CA. We get them about once every 10 or 20 years. Tornados seem to hit Kansas, Nebraska, etc all the time. I got freaked when we had tornado warnings in MI. My heart goes out to everyone who is hit by the tornado or is sitting out rain or snow.

Here are some progress pics. Nothing is finished. I thought I finished the Raspberry socks but they turned out to be too small. So I’m going to frog the pair and reknit them. Here’s what my Lucky Clover looks like so far.
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This one is a close up of the lace. It’s very easy to remember.
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Here’s what the back looks like. I’m knitting it out of Petit Mandarin in what I thought was a “Clover Green”.
For those of you who are wondering about what my boyfriend refers to as the “Blanket that comletes our love”, here’s a picture. This thing is huge. It now measures about 6′ x 6.5′. I still have one more skein of this horrible stuff. The blanket seems neverending but as I said I’m on the skein countdown.

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I also took some pictures of my MNSS sweater. It’s a top down raglan that is eventually knit in the round. I’m still at the shoulder part. I have 2″ more before I start putting stitchs on holders for the sleeves.

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Last but not least are the buttons that I bought for a sweater that I will give my friend Missy. I’m a horrible secret keeper and she’s already seen the sweater so I feel ok about putting the button pic up. Sorry it’s so small. I couldn’t take a close up pic that was in focus. I should take a photography class. I’m a horrible photographer.

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Have a good week everyone. I’ll probably have some good stories from work to share next week. I had a few patients last week that I’ll probably see again. I had a young male pt who has an aggressive brain tumor. He’s had a crainiotomy today at 10 am and I thought of him. I also had a young female pt with moyamoya disease. Gosh… most of my patients are older with strokes or cardiac problems. I haven’t had too many young people with serious conditions. When I see them this young, I think about my own health and life. I mean for this to be mostly a knitting post so I’ll stop right here. I’ll probably need to write about my patients in my next post to get it out of my system.