Thursday, June 4, 2009

Doing What I Can

Well, sometimes you just have to hang in there, even when you don't feel like it.
My Auto-Immune-Fibro junk has body slammed me (again). It's been a rough few weeks, my pain scale is really high. I don't think I've been this bad since the summer of 2007. I haven't been able to go for my walks but the regular occuring evening thunderstorms have made me feel less guilty about that, plus my legs wouldn't hold me up even if I wanted to go. It's also terribly humid, not a great time to be outdoors for people who already feel like crap. I have two doctor appts next week but honestly, my hope is waning that I'll ever get any answers, or any meds that actually DO something to help the pain. I guess I'm just feeling tired of hearing the same ol' stuff. Sigh. Trying to keep good thoughts.... trying...trying....trying....

I'm barely knitting, but I did manage to start my Mom's scarf for Christmas. I hope I can get it done in time. I want to try to do one 20-row repeat a day so I should make it by then! Thank you Dawn for helping me with the pattern.

I'm using some dark brown Malabrigo Sock yarn (which looks like just a black dot on my screen). It's got subtle shading and varigation to it, so I'm thinking this will look so pretty worked up this way. I hope I like it once I have more to see!

I'm also working on my other project, this is from Sandy as posted on Ravelry: "The University of Alabama fans at Serendipity Needleworks in Tuscaloosa, AL have challenged the University of Tennessee fans at The Yarn Haven, here in Knoxville, TN to participate in their 2009 Yarn Bowl Challenge. This is a competition pitting knitters and crocheters supporting the Crimson Tide against those who knit, crochet and cheer for the Tennessee Volunteers. Between now and Saturday, October 17 we will be making preemie caps to see which team can make the most caps. I hope you’ll want to join us as we seek to win this challenge and help high risk infants at the same time. At the end of the Challenge, the caps will be divided equally between the 2 shops and we’ll be able to donate our share to the East TN Children’s Hospital for distribution in their neonatal intensive care unit. So, Vol fans, are you ready to start making preemie caps? Caps must be made of very, very soft yarn that is washable. They must be between 9-12” in circumference and 4-5” in height. I will need to have the caps delivered to The Yarn Haven by Friday, October 16 as I will be mailing them to the Alabama shop the next day. If you need a pattern or have any questions, then please PM me. Come on Vols…let’s help out these little Tiders and little Volunteers!"

So, here I go:

I'm on my 18th one so far. The first 10 I had already made and was planning on donating anyway so the timing is awesome for me. My goal is two a week, I'm slightly behind right now with my health issues, but they're so fast to make I hope to catch up soon.

That's it. Just simple knitting. No socks right now, the scarf yarn is enough tiny string for me at this point. Happy Knitting. Ooooh, here comes another storm. Time to get cozy.


knittinwolf said...

So sorry to hear its worse. Wish I had a magic wand to make it better.

Can't wait to see more repeats in that scarf, it's going to be so pretty. I want to do that one sometime too!!

What an awesome project and look at you all those preemie hats, awesome!!

We've been having thunderstorms too, weird here in the desert!

Praying you feel better soon and also that the doctors would find you some relief.

Love and hugs!

Nat Red Knits said...

I hate that you are in constant pain. Believe me, I can sympathize. I have been reading about hyperbaric oxygen therapy. My cousin is getting it for his cancer, and they also list diabetes and fibro. It is pumps oxygen into your system which is supposed to promte new cell growth and healing. I think both of us should look into this further.

I love the hats! It always makes me feel good to knit for charity. Plus it helps aleviate the guilt associated with a heavy stash ;)

Anna said...

I hope you are feeling better. That just stinks. ((HUGS)) You're always in my thoughts and prayers.

Deborah said...

I've been searching for a pattern to knit afghan with the Crimson Tide logo for my son, and stumbled upon your site. I too am a southern california native, born & raised, spent 30+ years there and now live in your 'neck of the woods.' I live in Alabama and I too have discovered knitting. I love it. As for the yarn stash, several times a month my son will open a box saying 'Gee, I wonder what this is....yarn...more yarn...oh yes, and yarn again' I suppose it's bad form to ask the kids to move out early so I can take their bedrooms for yarn? I'm sorry you don't feel well. I like your baby beenies, and I too am working on them. Roll Tide!! Any ideas where I might find the pattern I seek?

Dawn said...

Oh Deborah! I can't find your profile in blogger to reach you! :(

I looked all over for Alabama patterns and there aren't many out there! I would suggest maybe doing just the school colors in an interesting pattern? Or, there is software out there that will help you graph your own designs and chart it out for you. That would let you customize your son's afghan more to what you want. I've never used any of the programs, but it seems like it should work.

Thank you for stopping by! It's always WONDERFUL to meet another California-turned Southern Belle- Buddy! LOL!! ;O)

Please let me know what you blog is so I can visit you too!!!!! I sure hope you come back to read this!

PS. It's awesome to know our little preemie hats will grace some precious little heads soon! :)

Tinking IT said...

Dawn - Deborah here, I did come back and see your reply. thank you for the tip! You've inspired me to start a blog of my own. It's posted now, and public. It's not much, I have a whole new respect to how much time and effort goes into this! I'll have to work on mine little by litte. I hope you are feeling better!