Archive for August, 2005

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Off to school they go

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I think I’m feeling a little better. I’m able to drink water again. I can eat. I’m still extremely and unpleasantly scent sensitive, and my stomach hurts, but I feel more capable of handling life at the moment. I even baked bread and gingerbread cookies last night!

Thanks to those of you who told me where to get those nausea bracelets. I picked up a pair last night, and I will use them today.

I still can’t knit much. And spinning is out of the question. Hopefully soon.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Getting ready for school

Although it is admittedly the last day before school starts, I am proud to say that we went to buy our school supplies EARLY in the day as opposed to a half hour before the store closes. And that’s where we were all morning.

Then we came back and two of my sweet friends came over and did my dishes, mopped my kitchen, washed my appliances, vacuumed the front half of my house, and labeled and organized all the newly purchased school stuff for the girls so they’re all set for tomorrow. It was SO nice!

I am still sick. Yesterday I passed the time by looking through some of my knitting books. I’m dreaming of knitting fair isle gloves again.

And that’s all I have today. My stomach really hurts. I want to find out more about these nausea bracelets I’ve been hearing about, which means I’m probably going to have to find a baby and birthing type store.

Monday, August 29th, 2005

I’m here, and still horribly sick

Here’s the little bit of I Do I did on Friday

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I’ve read on a couple blogs that this pattern is easy. So now I feel stupid. I’m obviously missing something, because although I think I’m literally following the decrease instructions, I’m not getting the right number of decreases. It’s easy enough to fix. I can sneak in some extra decreases to catch up, but I’m thinking about ripping the whole thing anyway because I might want to make the sleeves a little less flared. My Kathmandu Shrug (see sidebar) has very wide, gorgeous sleeves that love to get caught on doorknobs and corners. It also takes a bit of effort to eat without dragging them through my plate.

Not that there’s much EATING happening around here right now!

I feel wretched. In some ways, today is worse than other days. It hurts so much.

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Health Group- Year 2, week 12

Good morning. It actually is a good morning, because I was able to EAT BREAKFAST!! I even cooked it myself! This is very exciting. Yesterday showed some improvement in that I was able to knit for a couple hours, until I wasn’t anymore. And I’m not sure if I’ll be able to pick it up again today. But back to food… I made some yummy whole wheat pancakes and Lemon Blossom Tea this morning. I am nauseated, but it doesn’t feel debilitating yet. I might be able to do something more than lay in bed and play Tetris for hours. And hours. And hours. (I’m not kidding. And when I play against the computer on the Hard Level, it’s STILL kicking my butt)!

I think all I managed this week was a couple days of physical therapy. It’s amazing how much more important it is to me now, (important enough to do it, even though it could make me ralph. Who wants to contract abdom’s for sustained periods of time while moving appendages when they want to hurl?), now that I’m looking at months of relaxed joints and increased pressure on the already very temperamental base of my spine.

I am happy that today, so far, I’m able to get out of bed. Maybe I’ll try for a little treadmill? Maybe? If my strength holds?

Oh, and I’ve lost a couple pounds. I think I’m around 223. Hooray for decreased appetite!

How’s it going for you?

Friday, August 26th, 2005

I managed to wind a ball of Angora!

Although while it was spinning, I had to avert my eyes. :-) . This means I’ve started swatching for I Do.

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I’m still painfully sick. My internet shy neighbor brought me some saltine crackers, Sprite, and Gingerale last night. Thanks so much. It’s all I’ve consumed since. Although I’m craving enchiladas. Mmmmm. I’m not sure I could actually eat them, but still, mmmmmmm.

There was some talk in the comments and subsequent emails from yesterday about baby knits with Koigu. If I were to do a knit-along for the baby, that’s what appeals to me. Little ribbed baby hats, little socks. Little sweaters. Baby blankets. All in Koigu. That’s what I’m dreaming about. Secondly, I love the Dale of Norway baby patterns. Particularly all that lovely Fair Isle. What do you think?

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Blehck

Wow! Thank you so much for the congratulations and well wishes! I’m overwhelmed!

To answer some of the questions…

I don’t know exactly how far along I am, because I’m irregular. I think I’m about 7 weeks. But I’ll know better on Sept. 8th, when I have an ultrasound.

A baby-themed knit-along? Well, perhaps. I like the thought of baby hats knit with koigu. And I’d love to knit a baby blanket, but I am WAY too sick to knit right now. Perhaps in the future…

No, it was not planned, but we DID want more children so we’re very happy. We were hoping to wait a little longer to allow my back to further heal.

If I’m as far along as I think I am, we’re looking at yet another April birthday. Nate laughed. He said he figures he’s just extra sexxy in July.

I do not know the gender yet. Probably in November? Neither of us has a preference, so long as there’s only ONE in there. That’s all I care about. And that he/she is healthy, of course!

Oh, yeah, as for Health Group… It is absolutely continuing! Considering the state of my back, I NEED to keep working on myself. I have physical therapy exercises to do, I can continue my weights, and will continue aerobic exercise. It’s more important now than ever! When I was pregnant with Veronica, I actually stayed in the same pants for most of my pregnancy. The fat melted as the baby grew. It was SO COOL! I’m hoping I can do that again. Although this wretched nausea will have to go away. How did I do it last time? I did Kathy Smith’s Pregnancy Workout Video 5 days a week while the girls napped.

Ok, I think I got them all.

I am still horribly sick! I woke up at 10 this morning, and by some miracle, the girls let me sleep. They aren’t early risers, but they’re usually hungry the instant they awake. V wasn’t even out of bed yet! So that was nice. Nate bought some berry yogurt yesterday, so I had something I could eat this morning. That was also very nice. Food tends to be so revolting to me.

You know what else is setting me off? Just THINKING about my spinning wheel. Isn’t that horrible? I’ve wanted a wheel for a year, I finally get one, and two weeks later, I can’t even look at the thing because it makes me so sick! Lame. I am very motion sick, and the spinning of the wheel is too much for me. I hope this is short lived.

Yesterday, after my morning errands and doctor appts, I stayed in bed the rest of the afternoon and evening. I couldn’t knit. I couldn’t even watch my fish for more than a few seconds. The only thing I did, in short bursts, was read some of Stephanie’s book, At Knit’s End. When we get paid again, I’m getting some vitamin B6. That’s supposed to help.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

I must bead

I can do nothing else until I make stitch marker sets for the Marker Mania (see sidebar). I’m late. The deadline was August 10th. I suck. On the plus side, I’ve only received two of my sets, so I take comfort in that. :-) .

And a big thank you for those stitch markers from Jo & Jenifer!

I don’t feel very interesting, which is why I’ve been posting late. I don’t feel good. My stomach hurts. I can’t eat. I can’t do anything but think about how sick I am, and I can’t think of much to post about that doesn’t involve how sick I am.

Want to know why?

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Monday, August 22nd, 2005

If you missed it…

Check out yesterday’s post. It was posted late, so you may have missed the picture of Cable-Eight! A big thanks to the rest of you who offered condolences (about the vest comments), and for the compliments.

As for another knit-along… Apparently, thanks to the ever-wise and resourceful Jessica, I now know that there’s already an “I Do” knitalong. So if you want to knit I Do in the comfort of an official knitalong, here’s the link. I’m probably just going to knit mine solo. If you want to knit one too and tell me about it, feel free. And I’m still going to knit the Bowling Bag from S&B Nation eventually.

I guess what I’m saying is that I’ve got no new knitalong. Yet.

I went to a fab dyeing party yesterday. Kim, who I am just getting to know, and who is incredibly cool, and who helped me on my journey to a spinning wheel, and did I mention she’s really cool? She hosted a backyard fiber dyeing bash and potluck. I didn’t bring anything to dye, but I REALLY wanted to watch everyone else do it. It was very interesting, and left me with the feeling that it is something I think I could actually do. I don’t feel quite so overwhelmed anymore. Plus, she made my day by telling me that Romney wool is great stuff. This pleases me because they are the CUTEST STINKING SHEEP I’VE EVER SEEN!!! and I have liked the Romney fleece that I’ve felt at the fiber festivals. Plus, I have found Romney breeders to be extremely friendly. But when I went home and did some reading, all the info I could find said that they have coarse wool, suitable for rugs and outer garments. The Romney breeders I stalked at the Black Sheep Gathering didn’t feel that way, but they’re way biased. And they should be.

An aside- Fiber festivals are so cool. I want to know about fiber animals, and breeders LUV to talk about their animals. I learned so much. But as I inferred above, I can’t take everything they say at face value, simply because as an animal lover myself, I am well aware that the blinders go on when you love. And these people love. They have to. The industry is neither easy nor lucrative.

I haven’t knit anything else. I’ve done some spinning and was very excited about it until I realized that it’s STILL TOO THICK FOR SOCKS! Dangit. But I think I’m going to try anyway.

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

IT’S NOT A VEST!

I wore Cable-Eight to church yesterday, and had at least three or four people tell me they liked my vest. I don’t know why that bugs me so much, but I really don’t like thinking of me in a vest! I know, I need to get over myself. Here’s a picture of Cable-Eight. It’s the only shot taken that I liked. I’ll try to get a better one later.

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I’m making an “8″, see? Right. Well, have a great day. My stomach hurts.

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Health Group- Year 2, week 11

Hi everyone! It’s a good day. I wasn’t able to do more than eat well this past week. And walk up the hill to the cabin a couple times. But I am still a few pounds down from the high I hit in the last couple months. I intend to do weights and physical therapy today, and have high hopes for next week.

How was your week?