Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I've met the minimum fundraising goal for the ride, so now when you click the 'Support Me' link it will take you to Wayne's page. He needs you help! You can donate money through his site and remember, for every $10 you donate you'll be entered in a drawing for fabulous prizes!
I've sold quite a few copies of Maggie's magKNITficent 'No Sugar Added' Sock Pattern and Karen's even knitted up a pair. You can check them out here: Karen's Socks.
Do you love knitting socks and supporting great charities?? Then head over to Etsy and get a copy of the pattern. All the proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association.
And if it encourages you to donate more - Wayne will be riding 100 miles! His first century ride! Help me support him in this amazing undertaking for a great cause.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Long-awaited thanks need to go to Lu for this gorgeous sock yarn. It's Southwest Trading Company's new Tofutsies Yarn in the 'Put Your Foot Down' colorway. This crazy yarn is made out of wool, soysilk, cotton and chitin. What's chitin you ask?? It's shrimp and crab shells, sort of. Anyway, kind-hearted Lu emailed me shortly after the SHRIMP! episode and was concerned that I may have a reaction. Nothing so far and I hope never 'cause this is some crazy soft yarn and I would hate to part with it.
Alison had her end of season soccer party on Saturday and got her very first trophy. She LOVES it. They're pretty cool - the soccer ball spins. :)
I'm going to be editing the April issue of Yarnival! If you haven't checked it out yet, you can view Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4 and Issue 5 by clicking on them. I'll make another annoucement when I'm accepting submissions.
I'm thinking about scrapping the Tasha bag I had planned to finish and instead use the yarn to knit Katja for Emily. That's if I ever knit again which won't happen until I finish a little more cross-stitch (baby shower gifts are done, now I'm just trying to finish Emily's baby sampler.)
And this weekend my Secret Pal revealed herself - it's KIM! You should all visit her blog! You should leave her kind comments! She should be crowned Queen of the Secret Pals!!! I think she's great!! Thank you for everything Kim - I'm excited for the last package. :)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I got to go to the emergency room last night courtesy of these delectable little shellfish.
I made some wonderful shrimp in garlic butter sauce for dinner last night. It was delicious and everyone was happy. Right after I put the girls to bed around 8pm, I noticed the palms of my hands were itchy. And come to think of it, my feet were itchy too.
Soon the itchiness got worse and I was standing in cold water in the bathtub asking Wayne what he thought was going. He has had a run-in with shrimp in the past and said I was probably just having a reaction and that I shouldn't worry about it.
That's when I noticed the hives. Hives spreading up my arms and legs, arms and legs that were also starting to itch. And I was UNCOMFORTABLE.
I took some Benadryl.
O wait, then that's when my feet and hands started swelling and I started to lose feeling in my fingers and toes. Now I was uncomfortable and nearing crazed.
Wayne was finally convinced that I need to go to the hospital so we took off and my Mom watched the girls for us. On the way out to the truck I swallowed and realized that my tongue was swelling and threatening to block my breathing! Yikes! This caused Wayne to take the situation a bit more seriously and drive a lot faster.
I signed myself in and we went to sit down. Now I was dizzy and weak and itchy and a little sick to my stomach. The triage nurse called me in quickly (they thought I was an emergency too) and started asking me questions.
I had my eyes closed and when I opened them everything was violet! Like an Andy Warhol picture where everything was purple with a slight bit of black contrast. I told the nurse and that got me 'fast tracked' to a room.
There was a lot of laying down and drifting off to sleep in the room. But they gave me an IV and a bunch of drugs to stop the reaction. We watched Mythbusters even though everyone else was watching the Ohio State/Florida game. Go Gators! We're not big football people but when it came time to discharge me it was also the end of the game and the process took a while do to the celebrating.
We walked into the door, I mumbled thanks to my Mom and fell fast asleep. I feel a lot better today, but they have me taking the 'cocktail' of medication for a few more days just to be cautious.
My great friend Lisa took Ali for a day of fun with her kids (a lifesaver since I had to tell Ali first thing this morning I had to tell her we couldn't go to Sea World 'cause I wasn't up to it). Emily's a sleepy-potomas 'cause she got her 6 month shots this morning.
I'm going to go take a nap. I'm hoping to make it to knitting tonight. :)
Friday, January 05, 2007
This year we got the whole family to make a wist list. What a lifesaver! I knew exactly what everyone wanted (and where I could buy it) and everyone knew exactly what Wayne wanted (a good thing).
After Christmas I was able to delete 16 items from my wist that we received! 16!
My family rocks at following directions, I got lots of cycling clothes - including my greatly desired knickers, cute magnets, yarn, needles, needle holders, books, acid jacquard dyes, a swift and ball winder and a breadmaker.
After entertaining, visiting, wrapping, cleaning, opening and all sorts of other merriment, today I was able to take the swift and ball winder for a spin - and Alison helped too!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Here's what I've got:
Fav. Knit of 2006:
Emily's Pinwheel Sweater, it was fast and cute and in the end I could even knit another without getting bored.
Unfinished Items* that WILL BE Knit:
Coney Island Fireworks Scarf: from SnB
Bad Penny (although I may change the colors)
*A note on these items, with the exception of Bad Penny, none of these things are life or death necessities which may be why I'm not super-motivated to finish them.
Unfinished Items that have been RIPed and are being repurposed:
No Sugar Added Sock - I'm not in love with the yarn I picked, will try again with new yarn.
Potluck Sock Anklet - I dropped a stitch in 2x2 ribbing and can't get it back together, o well.
Projects Coming Soon:
Pinwheel Sweater for Alison
One pair of socks each month! Or maybe every other month, let's not get too crazy. :)