Sunday, October 12, 2014

I gotta be quick about this

I supposed to be studying Circuit Modeling, and yes, I'll get back to it. That in itself is at least a 12 page rant. The book I was supposed to be using sucks, the Proctoring is bullshit, and I've got at least 5 supposed professionals from the UW who are annoying me with their inability to think outside the procedures. If one more person sends me the 'procedures.doc' and insists that I peruse it again..I'ma throwing a brick at them. Yes, I know the bloody 'procedure' and I know you're hiding your inadequacies behind them. These people couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag without their ever-loving, vaunted 'procedure' And here's the kicker for all 5 of them: I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOUR PROCEDURES! I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT LAME EXCUSES!!

And their inadequacies has made me rethink my college of choice..maybe NIU has a better program...

Onto knitting: Three people in one week let it be known they have cancer. Three really good, really nice, pretty close to me people. I was gobsmacked and at a loss. My prayers were poured into their prayer shawls/throws:

First one is in garnet red, has a simple cable alternating in the columns. I took this one camping but rarely worked on it. It took over a month to finish, which was not usual for me.

The recipient has gotten through surgery fine. She shows no more spread of the cancer from her bewb and should be just fine. Prayers, good wishes and a hope for an excellent cancer-free future goes with her.

This one was made more of a throw than a shawl. It was made for a guy and I didn't want to make it seem girly. Made from the usual Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn." in burnt pumpkin. The recipient is a huge Bears fan. I had to suck it up for this one: I'm a huge Packers fan. But we do what we do for the love of the human, and not the team.

Um, It's 12 stitch cables, all with a right twist to them which means 6 stitches held in back then knit the 6 on the needle, then the ones on the cable needle. With 6 stitches, you really need a cable needle.  The rest of it was 10-stitch garter stitch background.  So if I was not knitting a cable row, it was knit all the way across, then k10, p12..wash, rinse  repeat on the way back. 14 rows in between cable rows. All my shawls/throws are started with a 6 row garter stitch to keep them from rolling.

Knitted on size 10 1/2 needles, it took me 2 weeks. My toes are at the end there, and it reached up to my chest. I've not had real intimate knowledge of what goes one during chemotherapy, but logic says there's an IV line in this somewhere. If there's an IV, there's a need to get at an arm. If this throw is used for 1/2 of the body and another blanket used for the remaining 1/2, nurses should be able to get to that IV line pretty easily without getting the patient too cold, right?  We will see.

The recipient has a bleak prognosis of less than a year. Pancreatic cancer is one of those less survivable cancers. The recipients' friends are rallying to help any way we can and mine talent is knitting. Prayers for as best of a result from  this sucky-soul-sucking diagnosis as possible went with it.

The third one is one the needles. A ripple throw in the pattern called The Jackson Blanket created with Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn - again but this time in the colors of WIN! - The Packers.
Now I had some Red Heart in Packer colors and started the blanket, but I cannot in good conscience make a blanket with that crap. It's harsh, scratchy, unforgiving yarn. I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby is SO much softer and easier to work with. These throws/shawls need to be machine washable.

ok, back to studies...