Blockages

I spent most of June in and out of the hospital. I’m just fine, but, as turns out, my dad was not. What seemed as though was going to be a routine cardiac catheterization (with the possibility of angioplasty) ended up resulting in major bypass surgery.
This was a shock, as my father seems to be a fit and active man. Apparently he’s been having (and ignoring) chest pains for at least a year. He’s also been only occasionally checking his blood sugar and taking his diabetes meds. And he decided that an herbal alternative to his cholesterol medications would be a fine substitute, though didn’t have his blood levels re-checked to make sure it was working.

Anyway, this was all shocking for me, who thought he was taking care of himself.
His arteries were 95-99% blocked in five places. The surgeon said he shouldn’t have been alive, let alone mobile.

He came through the surgery well, I took him home a week later and spent another week settling him in and arranging his care before returning home myself.
All this would have been bad enough, but was made exponentially worse by the behavior of some of his close friends. It’s not worth going into here, but let’s just say it’s very frustrating when educated adults act like jealous, petty children. I expected more.
While sitting in hospital waiting rooms, I had time to work on and finish the Clapotis. It’s a blend of reds and pinks, fitting for a cardiac unit. I’m happy with it – the color and size are perfect. The yarn was a little hard to work with, as the 100% wool didn’t like to be dropped, and I had to pick at each stitch to get them to unravel.

I had time a couple of weeks ago to block both the Clapotis and the Print O’ the Wave Stole, which has been finished for months. The Stole is my favorite thing I’ve made up to now. I look at it and realize how much time and work went into this one thing. I didn’t really notice while I was making it, but in hindsight, it was an extremely time and labor intensive project. But so beautiful!

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I sometimes get overwhelmed with things to post, and wind up posting nothing at all. That pretty much sums up most of my absence. I’m trying, once again, to catch my blog up with my life.

So here I present you with everything I have pictures of online. Other things have been finished, but I haven’t gone so far as to actually take pictures AND upload them. I will do my best to add those, and the finished versions of some of these, eventually.
“My So-Called Scarf”


Pattern: My So Called Scarf
Yarn: Manos Del Uruguay in “Mulled Wine”, 2 skeins
Needles: Size 11 bamboo circulars
Comments: I love this stitch pattern! It’s relatively simple to learn and looks more woven than knit. I’m thinking of trying to make a pillow cover out of it at some point. I didn’t change the pattern at all, and I’m completly happy with how it turned out.


Fiber!

I finally ordered fiber to use with my new(ish) spindle. They’re both from Chameleon Colorworks. There was a problem with the initial shipping, but it was all sorted out, and they were kind enough to give me a gift certificate for my trouble.

The first is a 50/50 Merino Tencel Roving in “Indian Wedding”:

The second is 100% Bombyx silk. I’m not sure what colorway at the moment, I found it through some sort of “secret” link – I don’t think I was suposed to be able to order it, but she shipped it anyway:

The actual color is a little more red than it looks in the picture. It’s gorgeous.

I’ve already spun and knit the Merino/Tencel, it will be a present for my friend in June, so the finished object won’t be revealed until then (not that she reads this, more that it’s not so much finished as of now…)

Spinning reject

One of my earliest attempts at spinning, this was actually me pretending to “ply” the yarn. I didn’t know what I was doing, still don’t really, and it shows. It was a big fibery mess, and not even very soft. Berkley didn’t even want to play with it. It’s in the trash now.


Previews

Here are a couple of projects I’ve actually finished, though I only have in-progress pictures.

“Simply Marilyn”

“Print O’the Wave Stole”

Detail:

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