Thursday, January 24, 2013

What a day! - yesterday

On Tuesday Alyssa called and asked if I'd be willing to help her out a couple of days a week, by coming over and caring for Brady so she could get more work done. (She works from home on her computer.) She'll pay for my gas - about 2.5 gallons for the round trip. She wanted me to try it yesterday to see if it will work. Brady seems to like me, unlike his mother and sister at that age. I told her I had an oncology appointment a 11:15, but I could give her an hour or two.

So that night I set the alarm and got up at 6 am, like I did for 40 years or so. Took a shower, got dressed, had breakfast, and went out to the car about 7 am. The car wouldn't start! After several tries, I came back inside, called Alyssa to tell her the problem, and called AAA. It took about 45 minutes for them to get here, and, of course, the car started right up!  So I went to Alyssa's after all and played with Brady for a little under two hours. Then I went to the Cancer Group, had blood drawn, saw the nurse-practitioner and had my port flushed. Everything seems to be OK - no sign of myeloma cells in my labwork.

By then it was a bit late to go to the noon service at church, so I stopped at Kroger - no frozen stuff, of course, but as cold as it was, I didn't think the butter would melt while I was at knitting group. We were a small group yesterday - only five, but some of us stayed for a long time. By the time I got home, put away the groceries and made a cup of tea, it was 5:30. I was still reading emails when the phone rang at 6 pm.


Is this Adele?


This is Dr Bobo's office in Murray. We have Robert Rickards here. We've pulled a few of his teeth and are ready to send him home, but he really needs someone with him for three or four hours. He asked us to call you.

Um, OK. He has a ride back to Mayfield, hasn't he?

Yes, but he shouldn't be alone until the anesthetic wears off.

So I shut down the computer, picked up a knitting project and  book, and drove to Mayfield. As I was approaching his apartment, I saw the 'bus' letting him off. As the anesthetic wore off, he was in quite a bit of pain, but was much better this morning. I wound up sleeping in my clothes on his sofa. This morning, I took him to Walgreens to get two prescriptions filled - one is the anti-microbial mouth rinse I was using for so long, and hated the taste of.

At knitting group, I finished the scarf that has been my 'keep in the car' project for two months, and started a dishcloth since that was the other yarn I had in that bag. At Bob's, I did an inch or so on one of the shawls I'm working on, and also read a few pages of my current book - In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Week end

Yesterday, Alyssa and her two children came over in the late afternoon, bringing some things to store here. I guess it was the first time Brady had been here - not that he knows that. Lexi helped me fix supper, and then she spent the night. This morning she brought me breakfast in bed. She scrambled some eggs and seasoned them with tarragon and rosemary; they were very good. She also peeled a mandarin, arranged the segments like a flower and drizzled them with honey. I would never have thought of that, but it was good as well.

About mid-afternoon, she went to visit her friend here in Milburn. Just before 5 pm, which is when I told her to be back, and just as I was starting to fix supper, she called and asked if she could spend the night at Michele's. They came a few minutes later to get her things, and I told her to be back by noon tomorrow. I'll take her home then, stopping at the Lowes store in Paducah to get the part I need to stop the leak in one of the toilets.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Another one completed

I finally got the border knitted on a short cape I started on October 1st.
Detail of lace border.

I think my step ladder wears it very well.

This lace border is one that I have in my head, because I've use it so many times.

The tag in the first picture has my favorite blessing (Numbers 6:24-26), with care instructions on the back. I put this on most of the things I give.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Special Request Knitting

There were the Christmas stockings, of course, which I've already blogged about. Then there were two things requested a couple of months ago, which had to wait until the stockings were done.

Son Dominic asked for a Cthulhu mask to wear with the Dr Who scarf I made for him many years ago. He emailed pictures of two that other people had done and I did a bit of Internet research on the character. Here is what Dom will be getting as soon as I get it mailed.

My typical poor photography, even worse trying to photograph myself in a mirror. The top one is of the basic ski mask, and she second after I crocheted tentacles under the eyes and mouth.

The other request was from my son-in-law Bob. Several years ago he had a stroke that left him with no use of his left arm and hand. The hand curls into a loose fist, so he can't wear a glove, or even a regular mitten. He said it gets cold, and asked if I could make something to cover it. Here is the mitt I made.

The top picture is on my hand. The ribbing pulls in enough to keep it from falling off (I think), but stretches enough for him to get it on one-handed. In the second picture, I folded up the ribbing and it looks like a hat for a baby.

I took the Cthulhu mask with me to the knitting group at Panera yesterday, and had to model it for each knitter who arrived. I wonder what other Panera customers thought. My friends all thought it was great.

Monday night, the scarf I donated as a door prize was snapped up by the first person who's name was drawn. I'm not sure what the other prizes she could have selected were. I need to look in my stash and plan a scarf for next month's supper.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

First 2013 Project

Front and back (I don't know which is which) of a knit scarf. I think I'll donate it as a door prize at the Graves County Senior Center's fund raiser supper tomorrow evening.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Twelfth Night

Last day of Christmas, and all the Christmas stuff is put away except the tablecloth that needs to be washed.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Farewell 2012

It's been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone - er, Tiny Town. I've mostly stayed home, knitting, reading, etc. I've kept a list of the books I've read during the year - 73 of them. Six or eight were 'youth' books. Quite a few were murder mysteries with female sleuths, but the last group (which I need to return to the Mayfield library tomorrow) were about groups of women. In "A Thread of Truth" by Marie Bostwick (number 2 in her Cobbled Court Quilt Shop series), they are all quilters. In "Knit Two" by Kate Jacobs (number 2 in her Friday Night Knitting Club series), they are all members of the knitting group. And in "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons" by Lorna Landvik, they are neighbors in a suburb of Minneapolis who form their own book club; it covers 30 years of friendships. I don't know what genre of books I'll select tomorrow.

I've also kept a log of knitting projects I've completed in 2012:
  • 3 pairs of mittens
  • 30 shawls (2 were started in 2011)
  • 8 scarves (2 were started in 2011)
  • 22 dishcloths (1 was started in 2011)
  • 4 potholders
  • 4 bibs
  • 5 small drawstring bags to hold Hallmark ornaments
  • 3 mugrugs
  • 9 hats
  • 1 afghan
  • 4 burpcloths
  • 5 baby blankets
  • 2 children's sweaters/tops
  • 1 small bear
  • 3 Christmas stockings
On the needles at year end are:
  • 5 shawls
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 purse to be felted (started in 2011)
  • 1 scrap laprobe (started in 2011)
  • 1 huge afghan
  • 1 baby blanket
  • 1 children's sweater
  • 1 balaclava/ski mask
  • 1 Christmas stocking (knitting done, just need to finish embellishing it)
I also did some weaving:
  • 20 rugs, mainly for the animal shelter
  • 26 bookmarks for Walk through Bethmehem
  • 128 + mugrugs for Walk through Bethlehem (I forgot to write down the numbers of two runs
  • 11 tote bags (don't have them all sewed up yet)
  • 4 placemats
And I did a little bit of spinning, but not much.