Saturday, February 22, 2014

February Knitting

What do you do when you can't get out (at least not without difficulty)?
I knit. Here are the things I've finished so far this month.

Slip stitch shawl, started January 28, finished February 5.

Purple tulips shawl, started January 29, finished February 10.
I started this at the weekly knitting get-together, with yarn I had just picked up from the donated stash at church. When Jan asked what it was going to be, I said, "I think it will be a shawl." Since she is the type of knitter who never starts anything without a pattern in front of her, she couldn't understand that.
The 'tulips' are a modification of a Snowdrop Lace stitch pattern from a Mon Tricot stitch dictionary.

Baptismal blanket for a baby who will be baptised at my church. I've been making these for a few years. Most of the symbols I use are from my own charts. I have two more on the needles now. I started this one on January 31 and finished it February 13.

Slip Stitch scarf, started February 13, finished February 14. The colors are actually somewhere between those in the two pictures.
I don't know why Lexi has her eyes crossed - silly kid - oh, well, she's beautiful anyway.
I think I'll make a scarf like this in black and white and a bit longer, for someone taller (Lexi's not quite 13 and still rather short).

Yellow Tulips scarf, started February 14, finished February 15. The same tulip pattern as in the shawl.
I'm considering a shawl using three shades of yellow, with seven or eight rows of tulips.

Of course, I currently have several other projects on the needles.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Medical stuff and weather

I don't know what's wrong, but I can't see the bottom of that other post I just did when I try to 'edit' it, therefore, a separate post.

Last Wednesday, the urologist said that the IVP and ultrasound didn't show anything significant. He did a cystocopy that day, which also showed nothing significant. He wants to have another urine specimen in six months.

Yesterday I went back to the surgeon  for a routine post-op visit. Since she wasn't able to free the catheter from the vein, she left the tip of it in. Since it had been in so long, it had grown onto the wall of the vein. She was afraid to pull too hard, because that might result in damage that she would not be able to correct. She said it should not cause any problems in the future, but just in case it somehow got infected, she gave me a copy of her case notes explaining what she did.

We got some snow Monday and Monday night - only about two inches, but around here that can cause problems. The roads I needed to use were clear, but not my driveway. I had no problem going down in the morning, but was afraid I'd get stuck coming back up like I did when we got snow earlier this winter. While I was in town, I stopped in to see a friend I hadn't seen for a while. She recommended that I buy a bag of cat litter on the way home. That sounded like a good idea, so I stopped at Dollar General in Fancy Farm and bought a small bag. When I got home, I couldn't get up the drive, but didn't feel like getting out and spreading cat litter, so I backed out onto the road and used the water tower's driveway. From there I was able to drive across my back yard and into my usual parking space.

We Have Ice!

The tops of the pine trees are drooping.
So are the bottoms. You should be able to see between the two trees, but all the branches are drooping to the ground. The bird bath got knocked over (neighborhood dogs?) a few weeks ago, and I plan to wait for spring to pick it up.
I can usually walk under that branch of the dogwood tree, but now it's touching the ground. I hope it doesn't break. At least I'm not hearing the gunshot-like sounds of trees splitting and large limbs breaking like I did five years ago (Has it really been that long?)