Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Knitting Content

I have actual knitting content today. Can you believe it??? And two are finished objects to boot!
The first item is my multi-directional scarf. I first became aware of this pattern when I met Tasha for the first time. She was knitting one at a meetup and I remember thinking ...wow that would be hard, it is all short rows. I felt a sense of accomplishment when I finished it, especially since I was able to complete it in a weekend. The yarn is Noro Silk Garden. I have to say I am not that impressed with the yarn...the colors yes, they are amazing. But the yarn itself is scratchy. So I put it with my denim jacket, up under the collar and just let it be an accessory. Good thing I live in Texas where warmth isn't usually an issue.

My next finished object was Smoda's blanket. He was so excited when I finished it. While it was fairly mindless knitting, I have to say the weaving of the ends almost did me in. Smoda has enjoyed wagging it around the house and I try not to cringe too much when he ties it around his neck for a "jedi mission". I am glad he loves it...but gently please.
Now for an object that is in progress. I am making the Nina Shawl from Mason-Dixon Knitting. I fell in love with the colors and so had to do one exactly like in the book. I wish I had searched around Ravelry and read some comments before I bought my yarn and began the project. The consensus is the shawl is short and most people have added rows. I agree that it is too short, unfortunately, I had purchased my yarn and couldn't find more to make it longer. It fits and for a summer shawl, I guess I truly don't want it to wrap around...just cover my shoulders. I am almost finished, lack one more color strip and then the black ruffles on the ends.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Enjoying Some Peace and Quiet

Hard to believe, but I am spending the day at home...not at baseball, not running a million errands, not doing anything I don't want to...for the moment. I say for the moment, because my dear mother-in-law will be here soon. Cowodie needed to stay in today, he is still trying to kick his sinus infection. So I let RacerDad take Speedy B to baseball and I kept the little boys at home.

I have knit a bit on my Monkey socks using Tempted Yarns "Roxanne". They are turning out lovely and are a very proving to be the quick and easy knit everyone promised. I have also taken some long awaited pictures to show that I have been knitting. I will try to post those tomorrow or Monday.

This morning at my WW meeting there was a suggestion for picking up the flavor of the 100 calorie pack popcorn. Now I didn't have a problem with the original, but I must say I found it a bit of a boring snack. I am not sure why I didn't think of this suggestion, it is so easy...spray butter (0 cal) and a bit of salt. Made it a bit ago and it was as good as movie popcorn. Definitely a good alternative for salty snacks.

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Pill of a Problem

Do you remember when you "learned" how to swallow pills? I don't. And I don't remember my oldest son ever having an issue when he moved from the liquid form of medicines to pills. Yesterday I witnessed someone learning to swallow pills...quite the adventure.

My middle son, Cowodie, has had an intermittent drippy nose and headache for the last few weeks. On Wednesday his throat was so sore he would not even talk. Now for those of you who know this sweet child, he is anything but quiet, so I knew his throat was really sore. I couldn't get in to see the doctor until yesterday morning and of course Cowodie's throat was better. We kept the appointment thinking that possibly the drippy nose and headache were hold overs from a sinus infection he had in January. The doctor concurred that the infection was not over and Cowodie needed another round of antibiotics. She asked me if I thought he could take a pill and I told her I wasn't sure, he hadn't ever done it. So not wanting him to "learn" to take pills when he was sick (tell me when you take pills if you aren't sick) the doctor gave him a liquid.

When I went to get the prescription filled, I knew it was not a good sign when the technician's eyes got wide as she looked at the computer screen. She asked me if I wanted generic and I told her no problem. Her eyes didn't get much better. She then told me the price....$240, ouch! She offered to call the doctor and see about a different med or to see if pills would be okay. I was surprised to find out that the pill form of the same medicine was only $114.

We ended up with the pills and suggestions for how to take them. Cowodie loved the first suggestion swallowing m&m's, until he realized he didn't get to eat them, just swallow. He has such a strong gag reflex, I began to worry he would not be able to swallow. After 30 minutes of struggling, giggling and snorting water through his nose, he got one down, one m&m that is. I couldn't imagine doing this with two 300mg pills every day for the next 14 days! Another suggestion was using a straw to suck in the water and he would forget that he was swallowing a pill...this from a woman who used to work with geriatric patients. Another m&m along with a straw, this one took only 15 minutes.

When it came time to take the actual pill, he did a little better...but I think it is going to be a loooooong two weeks!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Learning...ever Learning

I feel so silly even posting this. I am on Ravelry and had noticed the lovely yarn pictures that all the knitters have... my pictures always seemed to be lacking. The colors were not very clear, if I zoomed in the picture quality was fuzzy, etc.

The other day I was playing around with Moo cards, trying to get some printed for the Loopy Spring Fling. I once again looked through my flickr pictures, not finding any that I was proud enough of to pass around to others. Then I noticed the edit button. Hmmm wonder what that is for? I decided to play around with it, I had nothing to lose. Well what do you know...it works. The pictures I ended up with turned out quite lovely.

So in case there are any of you out there that have not experimented with the edit button I encourage you to give it a try. I might turn into a photographer yet.....naw...but at least I will have better pictures!