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Saturday, January 9, 2016

On the road to recovery

Yesterday I got to finally get the stitches out.  It looks way worse that it is, unless it looks extremely itchy and like the stitches get caught on the inside of the band-aid and pull and hurt.  If it looks like that, then it's exactly as bad as it looks, lol.  I am very happy to say that they came out quickly and easily, and I haven't had to take any pain meds since then. 
The stitches are out in this photo, but it's still a bit red here.  Today it's not red at all and I'm happily typing away, and knitting, and putting my own bra on.  I can even tie my own drawstrings!

In other news, I've had lots of ideas bouncing around in my brain so I have hope that this will be a busy design year.  I'm working on a new sample for my Winter White mittens, which is an old design, one of two that I actually submitted to an now closed web magazine.  It was accepted but they allowed me to take it back once they realized that they were going to close shop.  The other design was the Gingerbread Armwarmers that I published with Knit Picks (also available on Ravelry). 
I had no idea how much time had gone by since I designed Winter White until I looked at the date on the bottom of the PDF.  I originally intended to publish this baby in 2013.  Looks like I got a little busy with gradschool and forgot all about it.  I've been wearing the sample for two years so I'm in the middle of knitting new ones for photography.  But if you want a peek at what they look like after two years of constantly living in the pockets of my winter coat, touching all manner of things (including my make-up covered face, and being worn over handwarmers, I'm happy to oblige. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ready to go

This is normally the time that I'd do a year-in-review but I've only managed to publish two patterns this year (Babadook and Blacula).  That being said, I did get a lot of knitting finished.  Part of that is because I was out of work for 6 months rehabbing my knee, and part was that I finally finished school this year.  I have a lot more time to knit and cook now. 

I have already made plans to knit several socks in 2016, and joined Yarn Yenta's Knit From Stash 2016 KAL.  I don't have the patterns in advance but I did pull out 12 skeins of yarn and put them into bags labeled with the month.  I once read a blog where the Yarn Harlot discussed putting 12 skeins of sock yarn and 12 random patterns into bags, and putting those bags into a cupboard, and grabbing one a month to knit.  I've always been intrigued by that idea, and so I'm getting as close to that as I can. 

In thumb news, I discovered that I can indeed knit, but more slowly than usual.  I'll take it.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Good thing I'm a lefty

Ladies and Gents, I am a klutz.  For those of you who know me in real life, this isn't a major revelation but some of you have been fooled by my cleverly constructed ruse.  I decided that I needed to cook today even though I meal prepped enough food to last a few more days.  Once I start cooking, I get in the zone and this was no exception. 

Alex had been asking me to make the gingerbread house and today I finally got around to it.  I figured that since I was in there and all, I'd get the crock pot going with a split pea soup.  Simple enough.  Open a bag of dried peas and pour water on top.  Put in the smoked turkey wings for flavor.  Chop up some onion for the soup.  That's where things went wrong.  That knife was EXTREMELY sharp and I darn near cut the tip of my right thumb clean off.  Even went through part of the thumb nail.  What really sucked though, was that I had onion juice on the knife so it went into the cut (yikes!). 

This lead to a trip to the walk-in clinic for 6 stitches.  They were kind enough to give me a splint to protect it from the inevitable waking it's going to take the next few days (I've already hit it twice).  I'm happy to say that I had enough supplies in the first-aid kit to hold me till I could get there, and we don't have to worry about dinners for a few days thanks to the meal prepping I did earlier in the week.  I've also got the Sissionaries coming over to help me roll out and bake the gingerbread dough I made tonight, so that's a big help.  Then there's the fact that I'm left handed, and I'm still on winter break so I have a few days to heal before going back to work.  Things could certainly be worse.

Now, I'm off to see if I can still knit.