Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Many nuances of pain

Last week, my shoulder decided it did not like shoveling loads of muck out of the mud pit. I had a grumpy arm that wouldn't allow me to move it without griping about the movement. Lovely, eh? It was my left shoulder as well, which makes it oh so much more challenging as a left-handed person.

I had gotten the TENS unit that Icy Hot sells for Dave, as his back was hurting. It did wonders for him, but was fiddly: the buttons are on the unit itself and impossible to reach when attached to the back. I tried it on my shoulder. It made it worse. It got to the point where any movement on my upper body sent it to thralls of great pain. The pain itself reached a crescendo Friday night when we wrapped the shoulder. I ended up on the recliner to sleep and spent the next 2 nights there as well. There was just no way to sleep in bed without it hurting.

At least in the recliner, I could prop it up and put the heating pad on it.  A regimen of 4 ibuprofen plus the heating pad helped out a lot. We rummaged around and found a sling to put on it during the day so I could keep it immobile. Monday was the first time I could move it without feeling it scream at the effort. I was glad.

The last few days it has been feeling more tired/worn out than anything. Like if you've had a big workout and overdid it. I am relieved that the pain went down so fast. Yesterday I got back to knitting a bit, and finished off that first Prayer Shawl:

This one is blue, with the pattern I wrote out and posted a few weeks ago. It's made from 2 skeins of I Love This Yarn with 1/2 the 2nd skein making the fringe. All in all, it's about 5 1/2' long.  The official Title of this pattern is Days are Numbers which references a song from my youth.

I handed it in to the church yesterday. As I don't think anyone is really keeping count of what/where these shawls are, I made sure that I handed it personally to someone so they knew why I was giving her a shawl.

So onto the 2nd one:
Made from Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in the color of Mulberry, here's the pattern:

One day Off

Yarn: Hobby  Lobby "I Love This Yarn" - worsted, any color. The color of the yarn in the photo is Mulberry.

Needles: Size 10 1/2 US 6.5mm
Cast On 76 Stitches.
Border: knit 6 rows in garter stitch ending on WS row so you can start on RS Row.
Row 1: Knit 2, P1, *K6, P1  repeat from * til 3 stitches remain, then P1, K2
Row 2: K3, P8, K1, *P6, K1, Repeat from * 8 times, P5, K3

Repeat these two rows until you reach an acceptable length, then add another 6 row garter stitch border, loosely bind off.

Next up for prayer shawl:

It's actually longer than this now, but I've not taken a photo of it today. My main work right now is to teach 2 goslings how to be geese. They're 2 weeks old and no matter how much of an effort I make trying to foster them off to a female goose, the flock has made it clear that I am Mom to these geese and they don't take kindly to me pawning off my kids onto them.

They are smarter than I give them credit for!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

If Google wants to compete, they need to change

So here I sit, on a Google sponsored site: Blogger. Of course, I have nice photos and videos on Google + because they INSIST! I must put my cell phone photos there...but I cannot share them on blogger...........a Google site without downloading them and then uploading them again.

Stupid, moronic and vapid. If you want to compete with places like Facebook, you need to start acting like you can do better than them.

It's been a summer of 'meh'. Meh as in I just have not done much except sit on the ground staring  at goslings or taking naps. Yah, sure knitting is going on.

This is the photo of my prayer shawl with the pattern I've devised. So far I'm into it for a skein and a 1/3.  I'm thinking it would take about a skein and a half to get about a 6' shawl. It's almost done. Then there's another one in purple that I'm making as well.

Each one is from a pattern I've modified from looking at photos of other shawls/baby blankets. The patterns are all riffs off the number 7. The blue one is essentially a countdown from 7 to 1 using knit purl.

The purple one is a knit 6 purl one that is repeated so that there are two dips in each one instead of just ribbing.  The photo is a bit more purple than the real color, but you get the jist.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I'll let you in on a little secret: In my mind, I have like 5 ideas for blog posts every week. Due to age and my schedule, by the time I get to the posting, I forget them.

Some ideas:

  1. A nice listing of hobbies/interests that I understand, but just don't 'get'. 
  2. List of what I've learned from my Grandmother. It boils down to three things: 1, independence 2. frugality, and 3 putting family first.
  3. Moments in my life where I've dodged HUGE bullets.  I lead a blessed life, not because it's all been easy, but because there were moments in there where I was given a choice between easy and correct. I chose correct. 
  4. If I were to write a book, which story would I choose?
  5. Mindless rants about how people drive, stare at their phones or just are assholes. Yeah, like that hasn't been overdone on other blogs!
  6. inane photos of more geese, ducks, chickens and knitting. Oh you know that will happen anyways, right? 
Summer is summer. Tyranny of the shoulds keeps reminding me to study math every day. I do get at least one day a week in so far. Two new goslings hatched this week.
 I'm not impressed by our hatchings this year, but two factors went into that: 1. Odd winter. Very Odd, very cold, very long winter and 2. Yearling girls. They have a tendency to be a bit wild in their teenage years and don't want to do the things necessary to be Moms.   With Molly's brood, we've only had 8 new goslings this year. We should have 3 times that. 

I've been repainting the downstairs. The last time I did that was in oh...2007?  Time to update. Paint colors are : Light lavender for the dining room, light mint for the front room. The kitchen stays the same butter color. I might do a cocoa in the bathroom if I get time.

I'm knitting prayer shawls for the church. I found that I prefer Hobby Lobby's "I love this yarn" to Red Heart. It's just softer. Who wants a scratchy prayer shawl?   Once I get this one done, I'll write up the pattern and offer it for free as a pdf file both on here and in Ravelry.