A nurse who knits…

February 27, 2008

Short Sleeved Cardigan with Ribbing

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 2:27 am

Hi all,

Here’s a picture of my finished Short Sleeved Cardigan with ribbing. I went to Jo Ann’s yesterday to hunt for buttons. I found 6 that were the right size and shape. Actually, I was hoping for square buttons but that wasn’t to be. There was also a sale on storage containers that I assume are for sewing thread but I’m going to use them to store buttons. I put these buttons on tonight.Short Sleeved Cardigan with Ribbing by Stefanie Japel

I don’t know about you but I think it looks a bit wonky. Hopefully blocking it will make it look better. I don’t know if it’s the weight of the yarn or the fit of the raglan that makes me look a bit zaftig. The raglan seam does not fall on me where it falls on the model in Fitted Knits. Oh well, like I said, a blocking never hurt any knitted FO.

After completing a sweater in 1 week, I decided to go back to what I know better. Knits with skinny little yarns on a size 1 needle. I’m knitting the hem part right now which explains the size 1. Don’t worry, I get gauge with a size 4 in the Harmony interchangeables. You can check out the design here. It is also found in the Summer 2006 issue of Interweave knits. I won’t even bother taking a picture of my work now. It just looks like a circle of stockinette stitch because… that’s what it is. LOL. What I like about this design is that it is knit in the round until the underarms so there is less seaming for me to do. I haven’t decided whether I’ll do the embroidery on the from of it yet. I think it looks pretty but I’m scared of fancy stitching like that.

On my list of knitting things to finish is putting the buttons on poor Nicole. Maybe you’ll get to see another FO tomorrow. I’ll try to take pictures outside because outside lighting beats yucky fluorescent lighting anytime. My photos suck so bad I’m almost tempted to take a photography class at the local junior college. Some bloggers post beautiful pictures that make me jealous of their abilities.

I’m still vegan… It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve had a scrap of meat or drop of milk. I’m still alive and kicking much to my parents’ dismay and Matt’s disappointment. In case you haven’t guessed it, the rest of my family eats meat and believe that they won’t eat anything that tastes good if it is vegan. I’m making a veggie stirfry with rice tonight so I can use up all the veggies in my refrigerator. I want to make a roasted eggplant dish tomorrow. Yum… there’s a sandwich recipe in Veganomicon that uses roasted eggplant. Good thinking…


February 21, 2008

What I’ve been up to…

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general,vegan — yarnnut @ 4:59 am

Hi all,

Recovering at home is tougher than I’d expect it to be. I wake up, eat breakfast, sit on the couch to watch the morning tv. It was fun for a while but now it’s miserable. I’m not in as much pain as I was before but I still have pain when I lift something. So… I do go grocery shopping now. But I just have to split my hauling into smaller bags that are less painful to handle.

I have a few knitting pieces to show off. The first is Nicole (Click on the link to see the original). Here’s my version knit with Debbie Bliss Cathay.

I finished this baby last week. I seamed what I needed to last week and even wove in the ends. However, buttons still need to be sewn in which is why you don’t get a pic with me modeling it. Gosh… I’m not dreading seaming so much anymore. Buttons seam to be my nemesis. The buttons on my CPH are hanging on precariously and I sewed them in about 2 weeks ago. I’ve been getting tons of wear out of it btw. If anyone has any doubts about knitting the CPH, I say go for it! It’s highly wearable and the sweater gets recognized by other knitters. Who knew that a sweater could be so famous!

Here’s what I’m working on now.

This is the Short Sleeved Cardigan with Ribbing from Fitted Knits. Easy peasy pattern that is knit raglan style. Meaning top down. I’m anticipating very few seams to do with this project but again I have to find cute buttons and sew them on. Gosh… who knew fastenings could be so difficult. I’m knitting this out of the recommended yarn which is Cascade 128. I have 5 skeins and I am currently on the 3rd skein. I think I will have enough. I don’t know if I like knitting with yarn that feels as thick as rope. It’s going along quickly but I wonder if I’ll look like a linebacker in it.

Lastly, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I’m reading a book called “Midwives”. It’s not what you think it is… If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a book that was on the Oprah reading list. There… it’s not as technical as you think. It’s about a midwife who gets tried for a birth that did not turn out well. I’m not done with so I can’t give you a through review. I’ve also been reading a lot about the vegan movement. I’ve never been much of a meat eater. I ate chicken mostly, beef begrudgingly for Matt, and pork… well never. I do love my dairy and eggs though. I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian for about 5 years then started eating meat again last year. Give me a good piece of gruyere or blue cheese and I was in heaven. I also loved ice cream. Yum… so smooth and yummy.

But, I have a friend who was a die hard meat eater. She ate things like hot dogs, California burritos (for non-Californians, this is a gross concoction of carne asada beef, avocado, salsa, and french fries), and steak. She also loved chicken and pork. Funny, she isn’t as big a vegetable or fish eater. But I had dinner with her and a bunch of friends in January at a swanky restaurant in downtown San Diego and noticed that she ordered the mushroom risotto. Like I said, mushrooms aren’t a big hit with my friend. When I asked her, she said that she wasn’t going to eat meat, dairy, or eggs anymore. I was impressed. She simply said that it was gross.

I started surfing the web the week that I was bedridden from the accident and found that there are many reasons to go vegan which is avoiding dairy, meat, and eggs. Basically no animal products are consumed. I started eating vegetables and beans in salads that day and got a few vegan cookbooks and have been experimenting ever since then. I haven’t had a shred of meat since the accident and no dairy or eggs for about 2 weeks. What do you eat when you are vegan??? Here’s a couple of pictures.

This is the leek cassoult with biscuits from Veganomicon by Isa Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. It has potato, green peas, carrots, beans, onions, veggie broth, and of course leeks. This was my first time ever cooking with leeks and I have to say, leeks are quite tasty. They remind me of licorice. The biscuit was quite easy to prepare as well. It had some soymilk, vinegar, baking powder, flour, and some vegan shortening.

This next picture is a vegan chocolate chip. I used egg replacer in it. I’ve been reading some other books that say you should not use store bought egg replacer but use other ingredients like tofu and applesauce. Since I’m a beginning vegan cook, I’m going to use whatever shortcuts I can. These are also quite yummy and were gobbled up by Matt last night. These last few cookies were the burnt ones. Sorry if they don’t look so appetizing.

Well, I’m not quite sure how I feel about using wool yet. I have to do my research on it. But I think by not eating meat, dairy, or eggs, I’m doing my part to reduce my carbon imprint, help save 95 animals per year, and avoid the chronic diseases that plague people that follow the typical American diet. After I watched the news about the huge beef recall, I was glad that I stopped eating meat. In case you were wondering, I’ve lost 4 pounds since I started eating vegan style. And the food is yummy.:)

I hope everyone is doing well. I’ll continue knitting and reading about my new lifestyle. All I have to do now is add some physical exercise and I’ll be on my way to healthiness.

February 16, 2008

Retro Rib Socks are done!!!

Filed under: Dogs,Knitting — yarnnut @ 10:54 pm

I was determined to have an FO by the end of the day. My most obvious project to work on were the Retro Rib Socks so I brought those to my knitting meetup this morning. And now… may I present the Retro Rib Socks!!!

Pattern: Retro Rib Socks from Interweave Fall 2004 by Evelyn Clark
Needles: Addi Turbo size 1. I used a 40″ cable to do the knitting in the Magic Loop method.
Yarn: Jawoll in Grey
Verdict: An easy rib pattern that is quickly memorized. I think the yarn is appropriate for this project and the socks are very comfortable. I love these socks. I find socks to be a bit monotonous at times and that’s why it took me so long to finish the socks. I plan on knitting more socks this year mainly because I’m wearing holes in my store bought socks and I love the custom fit of my handknitted ones. Yeah for an FO!

And now for some gratuitous doxie pics…

She reminds me of a little sweet pea…

Waldo is curled up in his favorite place. On someone’s lap!

February 15, 2008

Still out of commission

Filed under: Nursing — yarnnut @ 12:20 am

I went to the doctor and I’m still stuck at home until March 10!!! Who knew that a fractured sternum took that long to heal??? I feel almost normal except when I lift, push, or pull anything. Or when someone pushes on my chest. I get a crushing ache that I wonder if a heart attack feels like that. Unfortunately, for my type of nursing they require you to be able to lift at least 25 lbs so that you can safely reposition a laboring mommy, lift a baby, push a gurney into the OR. When I think about how physical my job really is, I get winded just thinking about it. LOL….

So the doc gave me a note extending my leave of absence until 3/10 and an order for physical therapy. I still don’t know what they can do for a fractured sternum but she wrote on the order sheet that their goal is to get me to lift 25 lbs so I can go back to work.

Well, you’d think I’d have more finished items knitted during my LOA. I do have some that are pretty darn close. My Nicole is almost done. Just have to finish the last strap then seam it up. My retro rib socks are on the home stretch. I am knitting the gusset right now. I am also working on a baby surprise jacket for my cousin’s baby boy who will be born at my hospital sometime this month. I was hoping to be on the floor at the time of her delivery. Not delivering her baby because I think that might be a bit weird but on hand so I can sneak a peak at the baby and welcome the first new little one in our family for about 17 years. I guess I’ll have to settle for visiting mom and baby while they are at the hospital. (I almost said work, LOL)

Happy Valentine’s day to everyone in blogland.   My night will be spent having dinner with my sweetie  who has been MIA during dinner all this week due to work, poor guy and keeping my puppies company.  It looks windy and rainy outside and they hate it when it’s not typical San Diego weather just like their mommy.

Well, for all my San Diego buds, if you want to KIP I’m available anytime.

February 8, 2008

“You make my day” award

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general — yarnnut @ 12:58 am

Thank you Susan for adding me to your list of bloggers who make your day. I feel so special that people read my blog and it’s nice to have you mention me on your blog. Well, here’s how the award works. Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about Blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!

So… I read a ton of blogs each day, especially since I haven’t been able to work in a week and a half. It’s hard to pick just 10 but here goes.

  1. Susan of Knitters Delight. She’s a cool chica that I’ve actually met in person and her knitting is phenomenal. My favorite project of hers is Tomato. BTW Susan, we need to get together sometime so we can KIP!
  2. Red Dog Knits of Lansing, MI. Now, I haven’t met her but she’s always posting something interesting. She also knits with my former knitting group at Threadbear. She’s got two super cute sons who are always pooping, eating, or getting into some kinda trouble. She also has willing and fab fur models who can show off handknits like the best of them.
  3. George Ann from my Saturday knitting group is a terrific individual who is always giving. She heads up the Wildfire Blanket project and has given many blankets away already. She’s also the organizer of meetups, dinners, classes. You name it and George Ann is planning it.
  4. Lilybeth of Confessions of a Sociopathic Knitter is a prolific knitter who has knit herself one heck of a Cobblestone for herself. Go check her feminine version out. It makes me want to knit one for myself.
  5. Rina from Red Crochet. She both knits and crochets and has some amazing pieces.
  6. Sarah from What if knits is always a great read. She’s also doing a raffle on her blog that benefits animals so go check it out. A link is on my sidebar:)
  7. Knitknacks AKA Sharon is a knitting buddy from Lansing, MI. We shared some great times knitting together and she was a great encourager of my sock knitting. She’s also a prolific knitter with a cute little granddaughter
  8. Suzanne is another knitting buddy who makes up patterns and spins. Everytime I see a FO that she has posted about in her blog, I am amazed at her talent. She and I met thru our blogs. Isn’t the internet the greatest?
  9. Ruth is a multi crafter who’s latest endeavor is making her own jewelry.
  10. Drop stitch knitter is another blog that I look at pretty much everyday. She knits beautiful socks. (Check out her “Nutkins”) She also makes her own jewelry and has an etsy site.

Have a great time passing the award on!

February 5, 2008

What if knits blogiversary

Filed under: Dogs — yarnnut @ 5:10 pm

Hi all…Sarah is hosting a blogiversary contest that benefits animals. Go check it out! I’m putting a link on my sidebar:)

February 4, 2008

Remembering Jake…

Filed under: Dogs,Life in general — yarnnut @ 2:53 am

I went to the Dr. on Friday for a followup visit for the accident.  She told me that I would be out of work for at least 2 weeks.  Maybe more.  But “We’ll evaluate you in 2 weeks to see how you’re doing.”  She did say that I could go back to work as long as I did not lift, push, or basically not be a nurse.  Guess I’m not going to work… It still hurts to lift things and right now I don’t trust myself to lift a baby.

I know it’s Superbowl Sunday for everyone else and we do have the game  on but I was thinking about poor Jake all day today.  He crashed last week and on Friday I found out that he had been hauled to a auction site in Fontana, CA.  No one had notified me that my car was towed 2 hours north and I was planning on getting some things out of the car.  I have no idea what’s in the glove compartment and there is a document that I need that’s still in the car.  Too bad I wasn’t thinking clearly last Sunday as I was being strapped down in a gurney for my trip to the hospital.  I would have yelled out for someone to get my stuff.  So Matt and I are heading up to see Jake one last time and see if there is anything I need that he’s still holding on to.

What a great little car my ’96 Celica was!  I hadn’t done any major maintenance on him and basically he required oil changes and gas.  I am definitely not looking forward to getting a new car.  I have never had any cars that had major time in the shop (Knock on wood) and I was hoping Jake would be around to give to my 16 year old son.  LOL… if I have a son.   I drove him all the way to MI where he took me all the way to Detroit for clinicals.  I drove him to Canada twice to see Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Matt’s childhood cabin.  I drove him thru Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, all thru the American West.  He had 189,000 miles on him and was the best car I ever had.

He’s priceless to me but I got an offer from my insurance company on Friday.  They initially offered me $2100 and said that Jake was a total wreck.  What a complete slap in the face.  The car was in excellent condition with no major body problems.  After I talked Jake up, the offer went up to $5325.   I still have to hear what my adjuster has to say.  I wonder what the police report says and how they will determine who’s fault it is.

Last night, Matt and I went to my friend Christine’s house for a few hours of fun.  We left at 7:30 and were planning on only spending a few hours there.  Waldo and Wendy were being dog sit by our roommate.  We were gone for about an hour when we got a phone call from the roomie saying that Wendy had crawled underneath the fence and was on the loose.  No one could catch her and she was hiding in another cul de sac!  Ack!  We drove back from Hillcrest in about 10 minutes and walked the street that she was last seen.  I was calling out for Wendy and a man in his garage asked me what was going on.  I asked him whether he had seen a small red dog and he said no.  He said I could look around and he went into his house.  As soon as he went into the house, Wendy comes running out of his garage.  I wonder what Wendy would have done if he had closed the garage on her….

In memory of Jake

February 1, 2008

Interesting quiz….

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 1:53 am

I was watching the evening news and they covered the presidential race. Who’s still in the running, who’s not, who supports what, who’s spouse is messing up their campaign… etc, etc. ThenChannel 8 news did a profile on a company who put up a website that I thought was fun. Check out On the issues. You answer 20 questions and it comes up with a candidate that matches most closely with you’re opinion on several issues like economics, personal freedoms, ya know all the biggies. There is also a section that matches your political beliefs to celebrities. Ya know I’m heading over to that one right now.

On the news, they had a woman who was bipartisan who was leaning towards Hillary. She ended up being matched up with Rudy Giulianni! How funny. Then another guy thought he was most like Huckelbee and he was surprised that the quiz matched him up with McCain. He almost poop’d his pants when he saw that result.

Really kids… it’s all in fun but I thought someone might get a kick out of it too. In case your kinda wondering, I’m going crazy sitting at home.