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So much has happened since the last post. On September 16, 2008 we found out that my DH has a tumor in his colon and that the doctor wants to do surgery immediately. We are seeing another doctor (an actual surgeon and part of the cancer team at the hospital). Times are rough here.  I am out of work so we only have one income to pay all the bills and believe me we are scraping by. Things are stressed because we don’t know any final outcomes whether there is cancer in there or not. Waiting is the hardest part of knowing. This past week has been hell. We live the day trying not to worry and ignoring the situation but still it is there poking at our stomachs letting us know it isn’t going away.

Seven years ago he went in for a colonoscopy and they found two polyps and an ulcer. They gave him medication in the form of cream but did not mention to him to come back in to get the polyps removed. This year we called the same clinic to make an appointment with them. They had no record of him having a colonoscopy done but record of an anesthesia given plus the medication cream. Strange. We were confused, upset, throwing blames but nothing could be done.

In hopes to raise some money I set up my first Etsy (saibhriot.etsy.com) shop ever.

I have been wanting to do this for over a year and just haven’t had the courage to. We need money…I make art and knit. I can make money. I mentioned on Etsy that the money is being raised for medical bills during this time. I somewhat feel that people don’t really want to hear this or they might think it to be used as a sale pitch and I don’t want them to feel like that. I am only being honest in what I am doing. It is hard to even get noticed on Etsy without proper advertisement and I am not one to go around and brag and advertise much.

To try to keep my mind off things and yet still on things, I began knitting my DH a sweater. With every stitch there is a tiny prayer. With every row there is hope and love. I chose to knit the Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood.

I do have a finished project and also one being offered as either a pattern or handmade good on my Etsy site.

The Wood and Berry Cowl

I have two new FO updates! I feel more confident each time I complete a project. I totally owe it all to my knit group I meet with on a weekly basis. They keep me excited about what is being knitted and the various fiber-related topics going around. I think the knitting community is one of the best atmospheres one can grow in.

The first FO: these are very much elf socks. Made with Cascade 220 Wool. The socks are from Debbie Bliss’ Essential Baby Knits, part one of a two part pattern; “Top Notch Hat and Socks”. I call them “Jolly Green Bambinos”. I added some decorative embroidery plucked from the pages of EZ’s Knitting Without Tears.

The other FO: Knit from personal hand-dyed 100% silk (I believe was rescued and recycled from a sweater by orata) and using the “Apres-Ski Kercheif” pattern from Handknit Holidays…I give you the Green Woman Kercheif! I adjusted the gauge to knit with a finer yarn using size US6 – 5 sts = 1 inch.

Other mods:
Using my mentioned gauge work pattern until ~ 87 sts
Knit 4 rows continuing the increase on WS as established   ~ 91 sts
Ties
Next row: CO 40 sts using Cable CO method, turn and bind off those 40 sts, knit across row.
Next row: CO 40 sts, bind off across those and remaining sts.
Weave in ends..

and fingers…and my whole bloody hand! I don’t wear gloves while dyeing. A lovely specimen from Orata which has undergone a transformation. Said to be silk..how awesome! Pamper my head with silk! I am knitting the Apres-Ski Kerchief from Handknit Holidays with this lovely stuff. I can’t wait to finish it so I can break it in while hiking and finding Letterboxes.

Update: I got the art bug again!! This time my loverly women adorn/sprout their fiber addictions! Hopefully I can finish it up and make some prints, correspondence sets, etc. for Etsy!! I need to get my shop going. I am happy with this breakthrough!

If you want to destroy my sweater (woo woo woo..)
Pull this thread as I walk away (as I walk away..)
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Taking time out of my busy schedule to mangle and abuse yet another sweater. What a fine specimen this one turned out to be. Both sleeves unraveled beautifully in length. It was the front and back (probably due to my carelessness in cutting) unraveled in two yard pieces. I think they can still be used in emergencies. This sweater started to come undone at the sleeves (thanks Old Navy..grumble bah) but I loved the color too much to get rid of it. I am thinking of transforming the yarn into comfy house socks..thickly cabled or something like that. Maybe cooking up a little pattern to go with them. I am not planning on getting to these until late fall. I loved the stitch pattern of the sweater and am hoping to duplicate it for some other project (kept a small swatch to copy from).

Before:

After:

And now for the manipulation! a FO undergoing some hopeful blocking, all that remains is adding buttons and wearing it in time for fall! I loved this scarf but would definitely make another using the recommended gauge. This scarf was made using size US6 needles and Caron Simply Soft Heathers; Autumn colorway. I changed the gauge to 5 sts per inch.

Name: French Girl Envy
Pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf


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Rust Bunny Hops
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Miss March Matinee
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Callum's Kaftan
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Calico Rock Cardigan
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River Rapid Socks
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Felix Cardigan
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Finis

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Turn A Square Hat
Penta Slouch Hat


2 0 0 9

Handspun Everglade
A Dad Hat
Armadillo Hat
The Color of Moss Hat
Cobblestone Pullover
Scratchy Wool Hat
Liesl
Better Bucket Hat
One Day Beret
Riphraph Mitts I
London Ridge Beret
Meret (mystery beret)
Stock Sock I (CCWRYT)
Stock Sock II (NICD)

2 0 0 8

Apres-Ski Kerchief
Baby Raglan Sweater
eLoomanator's Diagonal Knit Dishcloth
Koolhaas
Lace Ribbon Scarf(ette)
Mountain Laurel Leaf (earrings)
Lyra's Cap
Northwoods Lodge Mitts
Owlets
The Slump (Blue)
Soap Satchel
Snowden
Stella's Hat
Topknot Socks
Wood and Berry

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