SuPrize

So a few weeks ago when I ordered those six skeins of Dream In Color Classy for my, eventual, Tea Leaves Cardigan I won a skein of Dream In Color Smooshy in their yarn lotto at Eat. Sleep. Knit.

{ Cocoa Kiss }

And it came just in time. There has been some major miscommunication, on the part of my History teacher, and I was a bit anxious the past couple of days due to her lack of competence regarding school deadlines. The final result is that she is adding me to her class today. So things are fine. Just fine. Extra fine with an extra skein of yarn just calling out to be a pair of socks.

Loss For Words

The past couple of days I’ve been at a loss for words. I’ve been waking up with these hideous headaches and absolutely no motivation to do anything. Of course, the dishes get washed and the laundry gets folded. But for the most part the wonderful wet rain has gotten me in a lazy mood.

It takes a little bit longer to wake up in the morning. I lay in bed, under cover, and listen to the drip, drip, drip of the rain as it hits the puddles outside our bedroom window.

I find that my afternoons have been filled with warming up in an oversized blanket and laying around the couch. I’ve even been known to fall asleep with Scout laying in my arms. Her light snoring is like a metronome. Spellbinding. Rythmic.

In the evenings I tend to come to life. It’s dinner time and the household is on edge. What will it be tonight? Chicken Parmigiano Strips with Spaghetti. Brown Butter and Balsamic Tortellini. Or maybe some Navy Bean Soup. It all depends.

And then for no known reason I’m off to bed at 8:30. I get back under cover and flick on the table lamp and I begin reading. Right now it’s Daphne. I slowly fall asleep thinking of Morgan and Luna, characters in a short story that I’ve been formulating.

Next thing I know it’s morning all over again.

But with this laziness comes a bit of a hidden depression. Maybe because the rain inhibits me from getting all the things done that I need to do. Like walk Rogue. She’s completely and utterly afraid of falling water. Or getting to the library to pick up some books for Scout (we read two to three at nap time and I’d completely ran out for three days straight). Or even getting to the grocery store because I completely forgot to buy some flat parsley.

Whatever it is I believe Shawn saw through it. So he treated me to a drive in the rain and I small shopping spree at the not so local LYS.

I’d decided to get some yarn for the Cedar Leaf Shawlette that I fell in love with. I mean, look at those little leaves!

{Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend}

I’d also perused the shop to see if there was anything I could do about substituting yarn for the Sabbatical Cardigan in this issue of Twist Collective. I didn’t quite find what I was looking for so I’m going to keep searching until I find the most perfect yarn for this gorgeous sweater. So instead, I decided on just one more skein of SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock because…well, because. I also snuck in a copy of the new KnitScene and the new Debbie Bliss Magazine because…well, again, because.

{SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in Mist}

And just to prove to you that I haven’t been completely lazy, I have been using my sewing machine.

You’ll just have to wait to see what this is all about.

Til then: Stay Dry and Stay Warm.

Debriefing

I certainly can not believe that it’s been two months since my last post. Time has travelled at lightning speed around here. Here I am all the same. I spent quite a bit of my time in the hospital trying to get my head straight. I am still going to my ECT treatments weekly. The upside was that for a while I really was feeling a bit better. The downside is that last week that high turned into quite a low and I may have to be hospitalized again. That has yet to be determined.

Another downside is that I’ve had some severe memory loss, (maybe that’s why time seems to go by so quickly, I just can’t remember it). My phone number eludes me. I repeat the same question over and over because I simply can’t remember asking the first time around. I forget the names of movies, (which is fairly traumatic since I’m a total movie buff and I used to be so sharp), and books. I imagine this is what Alzheimer’s feels like only I’m aware that I am losing my memories.

But here I am, all the same. So what has been going on?

SundaraBurntCaramelSundara Collection: Burnt Caramel

PeytonAfter saving all of my pennies I finally got a new Blythe. Her name is Peyton and she’s a Sunshine Holiday.

PfeifferFalls2Once or twice I’ve picked up my Pfeiffer Falls, (from last Winter’s Interweave Knits), and knit a few rows.

BunnySuckerScout is still as cute as can be. She’s just a bit smarter than before.

What else?

* Dalton is very ill I’m afraid. He’s lost a considerable amount of weight. When he hunches over to drink water or eat his kibble you can see that he’s turning into a bag of bones which is completely abnormal for my Fatty McFat Fat cat. Oh how I ♥ him.

* Jem turned 11 yesterday. Eleven. I have a tween on my hands.

* Shawn’s hours have been cut so now he has Fridays off. Financially it’s hurt us, but I have to admit that it’s nice to have him around more often. He’s been a great help during my ECT treatments.

* I am trying to get back on track with my swaps but I tell you, when you lose your memory it’s hard to remember why someone sent you a package in the first place! Slowly I’m getting my *hit together though.

* While I was in the hospital I was able to see an orthopedist. They did X-rays and a DEXA Scan, (which is to rule out osteoporosis). My DEXA Scan came out fine, however, my X-rays did not. I broke my ankle when I was sixteen and then again when I was 22. My foot was not set correctly and I had an array of  problems after the second fracture. The X-rays show that there is still a fracture. I’ve been told that I could have surgery to reset it but I am going to wait until after summer. No reason to be sitting in a cast in this nasty weather. The weather’s gotten so bad that I broke out in a heat rast under my arms! I think that’s enough discomfort for one season.

* Shawn and I have been dieting for the past three weeks. Even though I eat healthier than he does he’s lost more weight than I have. It doesn’t help that the previous medications I took all had weight gain as a “risk”. But we are doing fairly well. I’m very proud that he’s been sticking to it.

That’s all I can really think of for now. Not much in the sense of knitting or crafting. I am going to be dedicating this Fourth of July weekend to getting all of my sewing and knit projects out of the way. It’s time to start fresh!

Til then.

Life As I Know It

  • I woke up last Saturday with a major head cold and still haven’t been able to shake it off completely.
  • I went through one package of Dayquil in three days.
  • Marilyn knocked over a frame and broke it. Two days later Scout broke a second picture frame.
  • Jem is back in school and therefore my days are a slowly getting back to normal.
  • Shawn bought a new vacuum.
  • Shawn finally got rid of the two motorcycles we were “storing” in the garage.
  • I finished reading, The Last Chinese Chef and ‘Tis.
  • I’ve watched approximately 11 episodes of “Murder, She Wrote”.
  • I finished my first pair of pajamas for my sewing class on Tuesday. Next week I will start a blouse.

And to top it off I attended the Ravelry party at Unwind in Burbank last night. I was the quiet one that kept to myself. I had a good time with fellow Raveler’s and brought home some goodies, like a new Namaste Bag:

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I also grabbed some Ella Rae Lace:

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It looks an awful lot like the Malabrigo I bought at SnB last week:

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Both are intended as lace projects. Yes, you heard me correctly. With the exception of Charlotte’s Web Shawl I have not knit lace. Not real lace anyway. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on Ravelry, (what else do you do when you are sick), looking at lace projects and have a few queued. No definites yet though.

This week seemed quite long when I look back at all the stuff I didn’t do.

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Friday Fill In # 107

1. Enough with the warm weather.

2. Insomnia causes me to be conflicted.

3. I’ve been craving french fries and a chocolate shake.

4. I Love Lucy makes me laugh.

5. I wish I could go back home to Chicago next week.

6. Living freely has been on my mind lately.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to curling up on the couch watching movies with Shawn, tomorrow my plans include knitting with a new friend and Sunday, I want to explore the zoo!

Tis the Season

Shawn was good to me this year and gave some really yummy yarny goodness.

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Mirasol Project Tupa

50% Merino Wool and 50% Silk

I promptly cast on a pair of Mosey legwarmers.

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Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Ochre

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Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Cote D’ Azure

Shawn immediately said, “That would make some great socks!” (hint, hint). So, I decided to make him a pair of socks with this since there’s no way in knitting heaven, (or hell, for that matter), that I will get his sweater done in time for his birthday at the end of the month. Shhh, it’s a suprise!

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Mama Blue Troika Sock in Siren

I was one of the lucky who was able to snag a skein at her last update. She sells her yarn like hotcakes! I don’t think the update lasted more than 5 minutes, if that.

Aside from that Santa thought my kids were nice this year and lavished them with many gifts. I have to say that I’m quite relieved that Christmas is over and the New Year is approaching. A fresh start and new beginning, what could be better? I hope everyone’s holidays were merry and safe. I have some major catching up to do with your blogs!

Like a Kid in a Candy Shop

This afternoon our mailman came by with four packages. I’m here to share what was in two of those. (The other packages contained a birthday present for Scout and a few cross stitch books for me.) But this stuff, well this is what dreams are made of!

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Sundara Warm Sock Collection: Bronzed Forest, Brown Sugar over Buttermilk, and Wine

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Sundara Cool Sock Collection: Celestial Skies, Granite Falls, and Orchid

I’m off to knit. (Who wouldn’t?)

Home for the Holidays

Excuse my absence. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t blogged in two weeks, but it’s true. I have been spending my time getting well, both physically and mentally. I went to the hospital due to exhaustion and a long, drawn out bout of depression. I am home now, but not 100%. I’m taking some new meds as an experiment since the Dr. doesn’t know why I’m having certain symptoms after so many years. Needless to say I’m glad to be home but it all seems so foreign to me. I’m anxious and I feel overwhelmed but I’m getting through this. Slowly. Very slowly.

Since being home I haven’t spent any time on the computer. A message here and there. I feel less overwhelmed. There’s something about the internet that is often too stimulating. Maybe it’s all the information that can be accessed with a few keystrokes. Truth be told, though, I’ve missed blogging. I’ve missed reading about the lives that I’ve so closely followed the past few years. I’m dipping my toes in the information highway, though not completely. Baby steps.

So what have I been doing with my “free” time?

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I’ve been hand sewing the binding onto the Easy Lap Quilt.

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I’ve been trying my hand at hand sewing and embroidery, totally not my forte, but I have to say that I’m really enjoying it. Especially since I haven’t knit in a week. Plus, I had to get started on the package for my Backtack partner. I’ll post more once it gets closer to the sending date. She might be peeking!

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I’ve spent some time making funky, ecclectic Christmas stockings. This is just a hint because I’ve decided to make a few more, in different colors, and add them to the shop in about two weeks. This particular one is for Scout. Originally my mom was supposed to have made one for Scout. But when Scout was born she didn’t have time to make it in 4 days. (She handsews hers and does a lot of blanket stitching.) Last year I couldn’t motivate her to get it done. This year I asked her to start working on it, in July! Instead, I chose to make it myself last year and I really like it. It’s different and eco friendly, (felt has come a long way in the past 20 years).

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There’s been some package opening too. I finally got my greedy little paws on some Mama Blue yarns. I traded my Sundara Deadly Nightshade, (it was too plum purple), and received a skein of Urchin in exchange.

I was also lucky enough to get my hands on a skein of Troika sock in Trifle:

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I did a little early birthday shopping, (for myself), and picked up a yarn swift and ball winder which I am in ♥ with. Three lovely skeins of Socks that Rock lightweight yarns. A bit of fabric, (I don’t dare say how much). I also had my  hair done so I could donate it to Locks of Love. They were able to get 10 1/2″ and leave me a little!

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Sorry for the crappy picture, but if I had the boys do it they’d get a most disgusting shot of that extra skin that seems to have found a home under my chin/neck. The joys of getting old. Fifteen more days and I turn 28 years old. Lately I’ve spent a lot of time wondering how those years went so quick when I have memories that are so vivid that it seems like it was 20 years ago all over again.

Instead of saying I’m 28 I’m going to say that I’m 21 for the 7th time.