A nurse who knits…

May 29, 2007

Turtleneck Tube Vest

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general — yarnnut @ 7:48 pm

I started this project last night while watching a DVD. This pattern can be found in Fitted Knits by Stephanie Japel. So far it’s an easy rib pattern that makes for mindless knitting. However, check the errata. The front portion has a typo in the increases which can make for a frogging session during a movie. I spent about 1/4 of a foreign movie frogging back my tube. Which when you have to read subtitles can be a disaster. Progress pics or maybe an FO will be posted at the end of the week.

“Amorres Perros” translates to “Life’s a Bitch” according to the Netflix description. I thoughly enjoyed it even though it was kind of a depressing movie. It takes place in Mexico and there are 3 separate stories that are connected by a car accident. Each of the main characters has a dog. A young man has his dog “fight” to get money, a rich model/mistress has a little pet dog, and an older man who lived a hard life has a group of loyal dogs. From this description, the movie sounds a bit out of wack but trust me, it’s a good movie that deserves a rental.

I got a letter from a collections agency much to my surprise last Friday.  Of course since it was a holiday yesterday, I didn’t get any info.  I called this morning and found out that a bill from my fender bender in September wasn’t paid.  (A woman in the parking lot at work rammed into my car and I went to the ER to get checked out cause my back/neck hurt).   Anyway, the physcian’s bill wasn’t paid even though it was submitted by the hospital by Geico, which was the insurance of the woman who hit me.  The collections agency told me that if I didn’t pay it, it would go on my credit record.  Who needs that??? So I paid the $230 this morning and put a call into Geico.  Of course they still haven’t called me back.  I hope they won’t ignore me but I’m worried that they won’t reimburse me because I’ve signed that letter stating that I won’t sue Geico for anymore money.  I had to sign it to get them to pay the ER bills.  Errrr… hopefully they’ll do the right thing and pay the bill and I won’t have to chalk it up to bad luck.

One of my good friends had a baby last Thursday and he’s the cutest thing.  I got to see him being born and I got a play date yesterday.  My friend got induced on Wed night and I went into visit on Thursday afternoon.  I was under the impression that the labor was progressing slowly and I didn’t think I’d be there for the birth.  But 45 min after I stepped into the room, she went into active labor/pushing and I ended up seeing the baby born.  We were joking that I should open up a business where I would visit w/ a pregnant woman who wanted to have a baby soon.  haha… I put women into labor.  One of my other friends was talking to me on the phone towards the end of her pregnancy.  She ended up going to the hospital 15 minutes after getting off the phone with me.  I might make a great doula if this record holds up.  LOL….

May 24, 2007

My week…

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general,Nursing — yarnnut @ 4:42 pm

I don’t have a very creative title. I’ve been working one day on, one day off. I’m not sure I’m liking this schedule too much. I think I like it better when I’m two days on, one day off, one day back on. That way I don’t get into too much trouble.

I’ve started my laser hair removal sessions on Tuesday. I got my underarms and lower legs done. The upper legs and my bikini line will be done at another session. I’d been thinking about doing this for a long time. I hate shaving and waxing is starting to suck. It is an expensive venture. When all is said and done I’ll be putting out $4K. But this is my one big purchase this year. And if my hair is gone, it will be worth it. The place I picked was American Laser Center.  It has offices around the country and I picked it because they had a 2 year guarentee.  If any hair grows back, you can go back and get it lasered off again.  I think the sensation feels like moderate heat.  I heard it feels like a rubberband snapping on your skin.  I didn’t feel that but maybe the nurse needs to up the energy at my next session.  I go again this afternoon to get the back of my legs done.

In knitting news, the Clapotis is done.  I just need to weave the ends in and block it.  I’ll take a pic of it when it’s blocking.  Right now, I’m working on my Lucky Wrap again.  But I want to pick another project from Fitted Knits.  I’m thinking about the Dropped Stitch Lace Tank or the Puffed Sleeved Cardigan.  What do you think?  I have some stash yarn that I’m thinking about using.

The Nurses who knit ring has 6 members!  Spread the word to other nurse/knitters!

May 16, 2007

Knitting nurses ring…

Filed under: Knitting,Nursing — yarnnut @ 10:51 pm

Sorry here’s another post but I created a ring for knitting nurses.  Please join if you are a nurse who loves knitting or a friend of a nurse.  There seems to be a knitting ring for every other profession.  I just wanted to have a ring that binds us all together and shows our numbers.  Remember you can join even if you’re not a nurse.  I’m sure you’re a friend of a nurse:)There is a ring for “Knitting nurses” on my sidebar if you want to sign up!

Can someone help me create a button?  Or point me in the right direction???

Doulas…(edited: And a finished airy wrap)

Filed under: Nursing — yarnnut @ 5:01 pm

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very interested in become a labor and delivery or NICU nurse. I love babies and I love the idea of bringing them into the world. So much so that I am thinking of becoming a certified nurse midwife. So why didn’t I get a job as a L & D nurse you ask? I graduated at the most inconvenient time ever. Most nursing schools graduate students in June or December. MSU had to be different and graduate us at the end of August. So I couldn’t get into a new grad program anywhere in L&D or NICU. I would have had to wait until January to start like many of my friends and frankly, I needed the money too badly to wait.

But… I decided that a good way to get some experience would be to become a volunteer doula. A doula is a nonmedical person who exists soley to support the mother. There is a doula program at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. You commit to helping a woman 2 shifts a month. I can do that:) I get my good volunteer vibes in and I help a woman hopefully have a better birth experience. What is very cool about UCSD is that they have a whole floor staffed by CNM. They oversee a woman’s prenatal care, birth, and postpartum care w/in their scope of practice. Something that I would love to do as a profession. Until I get out of tele nursing, this will be quite fulfilling. The next steps are orientation and training. I’ve heard about the infamous parking situation down in Hillcrest. I’m going to have to ask my friends that live/work right next to the hospital if I can park at their place and walk.

Has anyone ever used a doula or midwife during birth??? What was your experience? I would love to know.

On the knitting front, I’m still stitching along on my Clapotis. Vanilla turned into stockinette torture. I’m on the home stretch about to start the decrease rows. Yeah!!!!

Here is the finished Airy Lacy Wrap from Fitted Knits. It’s not my most becoming FO ever. But at least it’s finished. I did the seaming this morning. Now that it’s done, I don’t know if I’ll ever wear it. The front ties are way too long. Here are some pics. I did try it on w/ a dress that unfortunately has ruffles. That made the sweater not fit as well.

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Here’s another fun pic of my doggie Waldo.

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If you look carefully, he’s guarding his ball w/ his life. No way is anyone getting to it.

May 9, 2007

Happy nurses week!

Filed under: Nursing — yarnnut @ 7:03 pm

I had absolutely no idea that this celebration existed until Monday when I walked into work.  I was coming thru the hospital doors when I saw one of the nurses on my floor walking away from our unit.  I joked, “Hey… you’re escaping.”.  “No”, she replied.  “We get free breakfast.  It’s nurses week.”  Well, since I don’t get to eat breakfast until after my morning meds, and the prospect of eggs and toast sounded so good at 6:30 am, I of course hightailed it over to the buffet line.

All that day, everyone (patients and doctors) gave the nurses candy, cookies,  chips… all sorts of not good for you treats.  The next day, I got my magnet pin (the hospital wants the nurses to wear the pin b/c we qualified for magnet status) and more unhealthy but tasty treats.

So… if you know a nurse that you appreciate, go out there and wish them a happy nurses’ week.  Just don’t feed them anymore junk.  We have to be able to move to take care of our patients next week.

May 6, 2007

Sometimes you just want vanilla…

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 4:57 pm

I finished the Airy Lacy Wrap from Fitted Knits. However, as some of you know, I absolutely hate seaming and finishing. The poor wrap has been scrunched up in my knitting bag, waiting to be seamed up. The thing is, there really isn’t much seaming to do. Just sew the sides of the sleeves up and you have it done. That’s the beauty of this book. I’ll probably get around to it next week and post a pic then. It’s looking pretty sad right now. Question: do you block mohair? What’s a good way to launder the mohair? The stuff sheds like crazy. There are long fibers that have attached themselves on everything from my bamboo floor to my doggie Waldo. The only thing I would change is the length of the front ties. Stephanie says to make it 45″ long. I realized after knitting the first front that it would be gigantic on a short person like me. But I was too lazy to frog so I knit the second one just as long. I wrap it 3 times around myself and the ties still stretch out close to my knees. Wrapped any more than that and I would look like a wrapped candy.

So… after all that mohair, I decided that I wanted to knit something smooth. Something mindless. Out came my Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb. It’s 50% silk and 50% wool so it’s definitely smooth. I planned on knitting a Clapotis with it. Lots of stockinette. Just the ticket for me!



This pic shows my badly wound skeins. The color is Watercolor in case anyone was wondering.


This one is my progress so far. I’m just starting the straight rows and have dropped my second stitch.

Most of the time I crave lacy patterns or something a bit more complicated. Not complicated like intarsia or steeking though. LOL… But sometimes you need some comforting stockinette. I’ve come to associate stockinette w/ vanilla ice cream. Most of the time I crave Rum Raisen or Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. Lots of different flavors going on… lots to taste. But sometimes, vanilla is just so good. The clapotis will probably get done this week.

I’ve also been knitting my Lucky Wrap. I’m on the left front now. After that, the sleeves and that infamous stockinette tie. Maybe I should have waited to have vanilla until then…