Thursday, January 29, 2009
My silly question for the day today was,"Could you check my medication record and tell me if it is okay to use a nicotine patch to quit smoking?" . This is actually a fairly common question. A little bit of thought could aviod it, though. I mean really, if the nicotine in the cigarettes you were smoking was going tocause a problem, whouldn't you know by now? There is also the fact that a cigarette has an additional 5000 or so other chemicals. So switching to a single chemical in the form of a nicotine patch is likely an improvement, Even if the nicotine is not a good mix with the meds. That you have been taking. While you smoked.
So I looked up the file, glanced at it and told them to go ahead with the patch.
I'm off to dig my car out from under the snow.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Here is a picture of the ripped back sock and the yet-to-be ripped sock. I already knit a bit on it, which is why the stitches look a bit wonky. It's the crinkle effect from being knit up and then frogged. It should settle after a wash. ciao
Monday, January 26, 2009
I think it might be a little "closed in" so I am debating pulling it back a couple of rows, but I figure to block if before I decide if I am going to do that. And for sleeves, I have this much yarn left:So I should be able to get a decent length sleeve. Next time I work I am going to bring one of the skeins and weigh it and separate it into 2 halves so I won't have to think about when to stop knitting on the sleeves!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I now have a fibre stash. A little one, but that's how it starts....
By the way, the Official Fibre Inspector approves......
Monday, January 19, 2009
The yarn used was Lion Brand Microspun which is a sportweight yarn.
Pattern: I made it up as follows:
Size 6 needles
Cast on 38 stitches.
Row 2: knit
Row 3: knit 1 * k2tog 3 times, yo k1 6 times, k2tog 3 times* Repeat from * till one stitch left, k1
Row 4: purl
I did 16 repeats of those 4 rows. I put in an afterthought thumb by knitting stitches 17-20 with waste yarn, passed those stitches back to the first needle and knit one more pattern repeat.
Then 5 rows of k1p1 ribbing.
Bind off in a stretchy bind off.
Put stitches held by waste yarn onto 2 needles (8 stitches) and discard waste yarn. Pick up 2 stitches on either side of thumbhole (12 stitches total). Knit 2 rounds. then k1p1 for 2 rounds and bind off.
And you will have your very own Shale Gauntlets
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Can't catch a break here........
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Sorry, the picture is not the best, but you can see I've been zooming along pretty well on them.
I have lots of incentive. This morning it was -24C outside. The vent hose on my dryer looked like this:
Yup, iced up. And that's INSIDE my house! Brrrrrrrrrr....
ETA: Dizzy Blonde will beup dating the shop tomorrow. At 11:00 PST.... It's lovely stuff....
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
In other news.......
My husband likes to drink 1 cup of fruit juice a day. Don't ask me why 1 cup. At any rate, he is using up all my measuring cups measuring this stuff out. I try to cook something and have to wash out the measuring cup first. Irritating.
Then you put on the gloves and carefully apply a thick layer of the etching stuff. It said to leave on for 1 minute, I left it for something around 2-3 minutes. Then you wash it off under the tap in the sink. Carefully! Don't splash etching stuff up on yourself etc.
And there you have it. Measuring glass and drinking glass in one!
I thought I had pressed the edge of the tape firmly to the glass, but there was a little leakage under it so the line isn't perfectly crisp. Maybe electrical tape would have been better.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Soon to be bound off ribbing. Then on to the neckline ribbing.
I'm off to rib!
Monday, January 12, 2009
When I call your doctor, I will be asking what the dose change is. When the doctor tells me that the dose hasn't changed, I will be suspicious. When the doctor goes onto say that you told him you took a few extra because you are back at work and your back is bothering you a bit, that sends alarm bells clanging. Especially when I asked the doctor if you were back at work in a wheelchair. And the doctor said no, you were not in a wheelchair.
Then when I calculate the supposed dose you tell me you are on, depending on when you started it, you should have been out 10 days ago, or still have 2 weeks left.
So, do me a favour unscrupulous drug diverting person, do your homework and remember, no matter how big a snowjob you give me, I have a shovel.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Popcorn! Movie theater flavour popcorn, to be precise. The secret seems to be to use coconut oil as the fat. The clarified butter was (what else?) topping. The result? Lovely, movie theater popcorn. Another trick the recipe called for was to grind the salt used to sprinkle on top. I used the Flavour Shaker thingie from Jamie Oliver that was a Christmas present. Sorry, but the flavour shaker might seem like a good idea. The reality is that the stupid thing doesn't stay closed very well. I had to use 2 hands to hold it shut. So, as the brits say, I binned it.
The popcorn was a success though! I will definitely be making this again!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
I was wandering around the intertubez the other day looking for a stitch I could do in the round. I want to make my self a pair of fingerless gloves. Long fingerless gloves. I stumbled across an old stitch called shale stitch. Which, it turns out is feather and fan. So I knit a bit up to see if I liked it. I think I like it. It is a simple pattern that gives some very dramatic results. Just what I was wanting.
I think it is a little big. The pattern is such that I can't just decrease by a few stitches. So I am going to use smaller needles instead. Naturally, I don't seem to own any. All the ones I can find are teeny tiny sock needles. Not something to attempt sport-weight yarn with. Sadly, this means I will have to make a trip to my LYS. Sad. Right. Did any of you buy that?
Off to shop!
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I am leaving the jar open on the counter for a bit to let the water evapourate. Then you can store either in the fridge or keave on the counter. Apparently, clarified butter stays good at room temperature for a very long time. 2-3 months supposedly. Apparently it is the milk solids that go bad. At any rate, stay tuned for my next experiment.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
I figure another inch or so and then it's time to do the ribbing on the bottom.