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Friday, April 28, 2006

The new celebrity has arrived!

I thought I'd never crochet again. I had my reasons. Crocheting is tedious, hard on my wrists, and there are never any cool patterns. Until I found this one. The pattern was easy to remember once I figured out what to do. In fact, I had to go to Threadbear and get some help but once I was up and running, there was no stopping me! I loved everything about this project. The yarn was lovely. It is called Kim and it's a rayon cotton braid yarn that crochets up pretty fast. It helps when the pattern calls for quad treble crochets! I got really excited once I could see the flowers. And for those who are patiently waiting and are going to pass out from holding their breath, here are the pictures.


Sorry that the pictures aren't better. It's dark in my apt and the light is horrible. But you get the gist. The shawl is huge and I used about 400 yards of Kim to crochet it. The ends still have to be woven in and I still have to fringe it. That's a project for tomorrow.

Crochet actually has it's uses. I hate it for sweaters and other pieces of clothing. I think crocheted clothes are just horrendous. But used for shawls and accessories, it looks stunning. I have a crocheted blanket that I started for Matt back home in San Diego. It was started about 3 years ago before I started to knit. I bought a huge amount of Lion Brand Homespun, you know... the itchy stuff before i knew what good yarn was. And it's just endless rows of double crochets. I think there's 300 stitches in a row. Gosh... it was torture. It was supposed to be Matt's Christmas gift. Right now, it's in a Hefty bag, waiting for the day that I'll just power thru it. Matt whines that this blanket is like our relationship. It will never be complete until it's done. LOL... he's funny.

I have a picture of my Tivoli T that I took a few days ago when I wore it out on a lovely spring day. I don't know if I ever posted a pic with me wearing it. In case you're wondering, it took 4 balls of Knit Picks Shine in Apricot to knit this. If I was to knit this again, I'd knit it a tad longer. It's basically a belly shirt.

The day I wore this, it was about 65 out. I love Michigan in the sppring. Too bad it's not like this 6 or 7 months out of the year.

I need to take some pictures of outdoor scenes so that I'll have pictures of Michigan in the Spring. I have some of the winter. Which I think are beautiful. I love snow as long as I'm either snowboarding in it or watching it fall from the inside of a window. If I'm out in the cold, I hate it.

School lets out next week and I get a week of vacation before we start our summer session. Yeah!!! Only 3 more months of school. But I'm sad because I love my OB rotation. The labor and delivery unit is such a happy place and I think I've found what I want to do as a nurse... we'll see if I can get a job as an L&D nurse or in the NICU. I have not enjoyed any other rotation as much as this one. I'm doing my Pediatric rotation right now as well. I hate that one. The idea of a sick kid is almost abnormal to me. They are not supposed to be sick! They are supposed to be running around and causing trouble. Seeing them lie in a bed almost motionless is horrible. And kids are either deathly ill with some congenital disease like a heart defect or cystic fibrosis or they have a cold. The kids who are really sick break my heart and I go home crying. I know someone needs to take care of these kids but I don't think I have the heart to do it. I'd probably last a month. Seeing mothers produce life... now that's something to look forward to everyday.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

I am super mad!

At my Tubey! I started knitting the body part after taking months to finish the back and sleeves. I had picked up the stitches but realized after a few rows that I had knitted the ribbing inside out. You're supposed to see 3x1 ribbing on the public side and I'd been doing it backwards. So I ripped it out... and the unthinkable happens. The back starts to unravel. What the hell? I was so mad. I can't even salvage it. The funny thing is, you're supposed to just pick up stitches from the side. It's not supposed to UNRAVEL like that. Oh well, I guess it's back to the beginning with the Tubey which means it's never going to get finished.

And to add insult to injury, I forgot how to turn the heel on my second sock. I think I have early onset Alzheimers. And to make matters worse, the pattern makes no sense to me right now. I'm going to high tail it over to Threadbear sometime to get this mess straightened out. Maybe they can help me with the Celebrity shawl that I'm attempting to crochet. I must have forgotten how to do that too. lol

Well, I should get back to studying. I have a big exam on Monday for my Peds class and a paper due that is still in the rough draft phase. I have another exam and paper due the week after that. Yikes!

Friday, April 14, 2006

A new pair of socks

So... I wanted to knit another pair of socks. Problem is, I haven't learned how to knit the toes. I've knit the leg, heel, gusset, and "body". I get to learn toes tonight at my sock class. Here's what my Cascade Fixation sock looks like before toes.




I was impatient to start new socks. So I went to Threadbear on Wednesday and picked up some Gems Opal in Eggplant to start some lacy socks from the Spring Interweave Knits. There is a picture on the interweave site. They are called .LovelyLacy Socks

And here are what mine look like so far.
As for the other languishing projects, the Somewhat Cowl is moving along slowly. I'm at the ribbing for the bottom hem. It is taking forever. The Clapotis is also moving along slowly. No pictures of either one of them since I'm so ashamed of the progress.