Monday, April 27, 2009

Peeping Squirrel

You know that new favorite store I posted about last time? Well it's also the store that I had the weirdest thing happen in. I went to the Clothes Mentor in MG last weekend. It was a beautiful day out, finally. The front door was open and I walked right in. After finding an armful plus of clothes to try on, I went into a dressing room and locked the door.

I think I was on my first shirt when I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye. Something had run into my room under the door! I stared down in surprise at the gray squirrel who stared back at me, also looking quite surprised. Faster than I could say "let me take your photo so I can blog about it," it ran out under the door. I blinked, wondering if I'd imagined a squirrel in my dressing room.

Then some women began to scream and said "what was that?" I heard someone say it ran out the door. The door was closed quickly after that.

Well, that seals it for me. If this store is so good that squirrels want to try it out too...well, then. It's still my favorite store.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Favorite Store

Is the Clothes Mentor. Not the most trendiest of names, but it's a great consignment shop with high end brands at cheap prices. I spent about $50 and got some pants, shirts and even a Vera Bradley purse.

Let me know if you want me to take you shopping there. No problem, I'm here to help. And any excuse to go back, is good for me!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Yarnover 2009

I went to the market at Yarnover 2009 last Saturday for a much needed mini-break. My head is still a bit foggy from the mild concussion, but hey, gotta go to the knitting events when they happen.

Above is the alpaca yarn I got from Alpacas of the Ark. The yarn is from Hector who has a lovely black coat with a little sheen. It was the last of his yarn because the lady said they sold him.

Angora Fairy Hare from Kimmet Croft Fibers. I also bought a pattern, the Emporer's New Scarf which was designed by Lucy Neatby. When I looked at the pattern at home, I realized it requires crochet. Ugh.

And lastly, I stopped at the Silver Creek Cabin booth where Patty and Andrea were working. Andrea helped me to put together yarn ($3 each) for a shell that I didn't know I needed. She has a way of doing that. I think I'll make the diaganal rib from the newest Vogue.

That evening we played 500 with some friends. I think both of these events overloaded my brain and I was tired and head achy all Sunday. But the yarn was worth it. Very worth it.


I woke up this morning with a knitting pattern in my head. It morphed until I figured it may be a type of waterfall. And then I came to the content of this post.

Minnesota Waterfalls!

There's some neat places to visit on the map.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Whine List

Welcome to the Dialysis Diner, can I interest you in the Whine List?

Whine List


Castelli del Concutere - Process: load groceries in back of truck, have truck door swing down and hit your temple = Concutere or concussion. Best served to a caregiver after a long day, when tired and in a hurry. Side effects: lack of coordination, fatigue, blurred vision, head aches, irritability. "Whine" sippers may be heard uttering the phrase, "I need a vacation."

Dolce Dialysis - sit back in a padded chair, three times a week and spend 3-4 hours cycling this "whine." This process is required to keep certain people healthy and alive. Side effects: drowsyness, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, muscle cramps, infection, clotting, itching, dizzyness, nausea, anemia, chills, muscle wasting, loss of bone density, heart problems and possibly death. Best served in a chilled room because the nurses are warm.

Vin Norman - Process: mix one anemic person who is recovering from kidney failure with a person with high blood pressure, head injury and isn't adept at housework and cooking. Side effects: random clutter, dust bunnies, Mt. St. Laundry eruptions and fatigue. Best served paired with a supportive church family which takes out the bitter aftertaste.

Thank you to our church family and especially our Small Group and Care Ministry! I'd have such a hard time getting through each day if we had to do this alone. Your support help takes the bitterness out of the "whine" and makes me appreciate the "sweet flavor" of this experience.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Plan

I'm about to give up on sweater making for awhile.

The Flutter Sleeve cardigan was zipping along, until I had to attach the buttonbands. I didn't pull the ribbing side enough and it's rippling. What will need to happen will be, that I need to rip out my seam and do it again.

I'm kind of tired of doing this finishing work on sweaters and such and then having it not work. The Sayuri, the Flutter Sleeve and my most recently almost finished printed Silk...all of them had that finishing up problems. The only sweaters that I have been wearing are the Tangled Yoke and the Estes Vest and they are not perfect fits.


So...I started on 2 shawls over the last weekend. I'm thinking about doing simple things for now that don't have to be fitted. And, I also have been cleaning up my craft room again. I do have a bit of yarn that I can knit from for awhile, for non-sweater things. I also found this book in my stash:

Maybe when I'm ready to start another sweater, I'll try one from this book...and keep trying until I get it right. Probably will need to use the same yarn too. In that case, I'll have to find something that I really like and want to work with for about a year.

In the meantime, I'm going to start working on a blanket for my hubby. He needs a different blanket to use at his dialysis appointments that'll keep him warm and will be washable. The yarn I think I'll be using will be Cascade 220 Superwash wool. It'll be warm and washable. I may even slip in a little alpaca lace weight for some extra warmth.

Shawls and blankets are on my mind for now. But who knows? I may see a great sweater pattern and forget about all my sweater woes.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Bobmas!

Happy Bobmas! from Ravelry on Vimeo.

Ravelry is one of the best (if not the best) communities online. Couldn't have been started with nicer people or dog.

Ravelry RAK's

I'm in the Ravelry RAK group and just wanted to keep track of what's coming in and going on. Not that I'm looking for a "make even" thing, but just'll be interesting to see what happens!

I've received - 4 balls of scrap sock yarn for a shawl project from theboycemonsters.

Sending -
  • Scrap lengths of yarn to knitall
  • Acrylic scraps & buttons to strango
  • Acryclic scraps to linnasisson - received!
  • recycyled yarn & misc wool to ksknitchic
Book RAK
  • 3 romances to Yunadwb

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Science is Finally Catching On

Knitting has been in science news of late. Why they spend money on studies like this -when they could just talk to people on ravelry (who'd tell you all you want to know about the affects of knitting for free) boggles the mind.

First of all, Oprah had an article in her magazine about money and anxiety. There's a list of things to help you cope with the current market and economy. One of the things to do is to take up knitting.

According to research at the Harvard-affiliated Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, the repetitive motion and focus of needlework can elicit what's known as the relaxation response—a calming meditation-like state that slows heart rate and causes blood pressure to drop. In addition, a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that knitting is associated with a lower risk of dementia for those 65 and older.

Although the benefits seem like good news to knitters, the advice that taking up knitting to help keep your mind off of the economy...isn't good advice. Any knitter knows that knitting isn't friendly to your wallet. Oh well, Oprah may not know the joys of alpaca and cashmere yet.

Another article popped up on how to stay mentally active.

...staying mentally active as in reading magazines, or pursuing a craft or hobby like knitting, pottery, and even playing computer games, in later life may delay or prevent memory loss: however watching too much TV does not.

I wonder what happens when you watch TV and knit at the same time? Do the two activities cancel each other out? Hmmm...that would explain my forgetfulness lately.

And lastly, the Early Show had a doctor tell that knitting helps you relieve stress and lowers your blood pressure. Obviously, the doctor has never tried to knit an intricate mohair lace shawl. That baby would be sure to raise anyone's blood pressure.

Oh well. science is trying to catch up to what knitters know already. Maybe someday they'll ask a knitter and get it right.

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Blog

As if I need a new blog...but apparently I do!

I've started a new blog for just the kidney info. I won't be posting more of that here, unless it bleeds into my other posts. Find the new blog here: Kidney Journey