Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Yarn in Progress: Lorna's Laces

Bobbin 1, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Working on the Lorna's Laces top I got when Knitting Arts closed.  I'm planning on a 3-ply sock yarn.  Sorry about the flash.  It's ludicrously dark in the house, even with a 5-bulb lamp right above the spinning wheel.  I'm spinning in the bobbin lead configuration, so it's a little less easy to pop out the bobbin for photos.  I've been on a bit of a spinning kick lately.  I taught Rachel's son's girlfriend spindling at last month's spin-in, taught a spindling class last weekend, and taught Kool-Aid dyeing this afternoon.

This top is the last of my fiber stash!  Someone bought the Chasing Rainbows merino-tencel I had been eying at work, so I looked up the colorways and there are over 40!  Plus so many fiber blends! 
I also think I'm in the mood for undyed fiber.  I want to buy a couple pounds of wool for a sweater. I'm tempted to start doing some prep myself as well, but I don't want to take too much time away from designing.  I think I'll soon be getting a set of handcards or mini combs and some of our roving samplers to try some color blending.  That sounds a lot less intense than starting with a fleece (especially a dirty one).  
I feel like I'm on the verge of a lot of projects.  I want to order a Hanne Falkenberg kit during the trunk show, and I may be making a sweater out of Claudia's Silk Lace (size 0 needles!) soon.
Prioritizing is hard.  

Rancid @ The Warfield

Rancid @ The Warfield, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Not a big fan of the Warfield.  It's one of those converted theaters where the dance floor is much too short.  The staff seems pretty out-of-touch.  I'm used to dedicated punk/indie clubs.  I was wearing my red plaid bondage pants, and the guy checking tickets said, "I like that.  It reminds me of a kilt."  I don't think he gets out much.  :)
I think I enjoyed the last time I saw Rancid (in Austin) more than this time.  I have to accept the fact that I'm not going to hear many songs from my favorite Rancid albums, because their other stuff is so much more popular. I had a much greater appreciation for Lars's songs about growing up in Campbell this time, though.  :) There's much more on that topic in his side project.  I'm sure it's changed quite a bit since the 70's!

WIP Update: Catriona Back Finished!

Catriona Back Finished!, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.


I've also finished the first sock in a pair I've been designing for a while.  I was stuck on getting the ankle detail & heel flap just right.  I had a lot of knitting time on my trip a couple of weeks ago & got it all worked out. Woot!

I'm almost done with another seaming comission.  I've *just* got to weave in ends.  Lots of ends.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Finished Yarn: Laceweight Silk Hanky Handspun

Here's the finished yarn from the silk hankies I was complaining about.  The detail above is cropped from this shot.  I ended up with about 500 yds.

This is what the hankies look like.  I spun each stack onto separate bobbins and plied the two together.  The multicolor stack seemed slightly less annoying than the solid stack, but I still probably wouldn't buy hankies again.  I don't like the unavoidable neppiness, though the finished yarn appears a little smoother than I'd have predicted.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Get my Shop Hop Pattern(s) at Yarndogs!

neckwarmer5, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

I whipped up a couple patterns for Curious Creek Serengeti, a hand dyed dk weight superwash merino. The official pattern is the Ríos Locos neck snuggler, shown above. I'm really happy with how it turned out. There's also a matching headband pattern available. The headband makes a really quick gift, and there's enough yardage to give one and keep one. If you make it to Yarndogs this weekend, also keep an eye out for Teri's crochet baby mitt pattern for Canopy, one of my new favorite yarns.

Monday, September 15, 2008

FO: Rose of England Shawl

FO: Rose of England Shawl, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Juicing Up The Cat

Last weekend was pretty crappy, but it's all resolved itself now.  I woke up with a migraine on Saturday, and I had to call in sick & reschedule my beginning drop spindling class.  I'm going to the doctor next week to maybe try a different triptin (Amerge again?).  That evening while I was stressing about an audition/interview thing I had on Sunday, Bryan noticed the cat was acting weird.  We realized that she kept going to the litterbox without leaving anything behind.  We ended up taking her to the vet at 2 in the morning since I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep if I was worring about her.  The vet who was there was pretty sure she had a bladder infection, but we let them keep her overnight to get a sample and also do her annual bloodwork.  

The next morning, the vet called us and said she did have a bladder infection and would need antibiotics for 6 weeks (liquid, thankfully) to make sure it hadn't spread to her kidneys.  Her bloodwork showed that she was ready to start getting fluids for her CRF.  She's 15 years old, so this wasn't a surprise.  We'd been monitoring her kidneys for about a year, but she hadn't been recieving any treatment yet.  We went in to pick her up on the way to drop me off at the train station.  When the tech brought her out, she was a completely different animal.  She was snarling and hissing and generally being much angrier than I've ever seen her.  She bit the tech and splattered her blood on her carrier.  She tried to attack Bryan through the carrier when we put her in the car.  Then she was completely silent on the way to drop me off.  Normally she yowls like a typical Siamese on car trips.  When Bryan got her home, she went straight to her bowl and perodically growled while eating.  My thing in the City didn't have the most exciting possible outcome (I knew it'd be a big stretch), but it did work out in an arrangement that'll be really good for me.   

The cat's starting to act a little more normal, and I just gave her her first sub q fluid treatment!  I'm so happy at how it went. I knew I wouldn't have any problem doing it, but I wasn't sure how she'd react.  I guess my animal torture research skills finally came in handy. (Me? Bitter? Never!)  Right now she's supposed to get 200mL twice a week.  I thought that sounded like a lot for one sitting compared to other people's experiences on the web, but it went really fast with the 18 gauge needles.  I was assuming I'd end up needing to order some 20 gauge Terumos like everyone else, but she didn't seem to mind too much.  She growled most of the time, but it wasn't an aggressive growl and she didn't try too hard to get away.  I'll probably heat up the Ringer's a little more next time.  Overall, I think it pissed her off less than getting pills.  She hates the liquid antibiotics too, and starts drooling & foaming after she gets them. Now she's hiding in the bedroom with a huge lump of fluid under her skin.  If it falls down her leg, I'll take a picture.  My husband's so grossed out by that possibility!

We're going back to the vet for a recheck Monday.  I haven't actually gotten a copy of her results from last weekend yet.  When I see the numbers, I'll have a better idea of how serious things are.  I don't think it's too bad since she hasn't been acting sick (except for the bladder thing), and sometimes even cats with really bad numbers can be stable for years on fluids and meds.  It sucks that she needs treatment now, but I'm glad I've started doing everything I can to help her before it makes her feel bad.  Often people have no idea anything's wrong before the cat "crashes".  My cat's been getting geriatric bloodwork for years, but nothing really turned up until her pre-anasthesia bloodwork the day of her tooth cleaning last year.

I'll probably do a more technical post on fluid administration soon for anybody Googling for tips, so just bear with me.  :)
Here's the sites I used for info.

ROE Shawl Blocking

ROE Shawl Blocking, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Both times I've knitted this pattern, I've had second thoughts about my gauge starting around the next to last chart. I knew it worked out fine last time, and I knew I was using up slightly less yarn than Cookie with the same yarn and needles. It turned out great of course! Marianne Kinzel's Rose of England Teacloth from her 2nd Book of Modern Lace Knitting. 3 skeins Misti Alpaca Lace, US 6 needles, about 60" diameter. This'll be at Yarndogs for a while. You can say hi to it during the Shop Hop when I'll be in Texas for my husband's 10 year high school reunion. :)