Tracey's Journal

This is just a place for me to post some pictures, write a few lines, and hopefully share some of my crafts.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

House Cleaning

Well, today is spent cleaning the house in preparation of friends coming over tomorrow. We have a group that gets together every week during the summer. Unfortunately during the school year we can only manage once a month. We call ourselves the Crafty Ladies. We meet at each other's house, and for the summer we are going to meet here. During the school year we don't meet here, but at the other girl's houses.

My Mom is part of this group. She is currently hand quilting a project. My friend Ann will probably be working on the socks she is knitting for her nephew. I taught her how to knit 2 socks toe up using the Magic Loop. That is now my preferred method for socks. There is no Second Sock Syndrome (SSS) that way. I use Queen Kahuna's Crazy Heel & Toe Method. She teaches you how to knit 2 socks at once with any weight yarn and any size needle and to fit any size foot. I'll never knit socks any other way. There are no stitches to pick up, no wrapped stitches and it is so easy. You can make a short row heel, or a heel flap. I highly recommend her book if you are a sock knitter. :)

The floor should be dry now, so it's off to the bathrooms for me. :)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Lazy Day

I've been poking around the house getting little accomplished, but enjoying the day. :) I don't go back to work till the first of July, so I'm enjoying some much needed down time. I haven't even knit today, but I'm sure I will once DH comes home and we eat dinner. We'll kick back in the living room and watch TV, and I'll knit. I'm currently working on a scarf for a good friend who doesn't knit. It's about half way done. I also have a shawl on the needles, but it's only about 1/4 of the way finished, and lastly I have a pair of socks I'm working on. I knit them 2 at a time, toe up and I'm currently working on the cuffs. I'm sure I'll finish them after the scarf. It's just not sock weather right now, so there isn't much incentive to hurry. :)

On a quilting front, my SIL gave me some fabric and asked me to make a quick quilt for an old friend of hers. I've purchased the backing and binding, but still need to get the batting and I'll get it sandwiched and do some simple quilting and it will be done.

In September I'm going to Shipshewana, IN to meet some of an on-line quilt group I belong to. I'm going to take my friend Ann with me. She also quilts and knits, and we always have a great time whenever we're together. :) Besides, she'll need a little get away as she is a school counselor and will be happy to have the rush of school beginning over with. :)

BTW, I've added links on the sidebar for the videos that DH and I did on loom knitting. I figured it'd be easier on people to find it that way. :)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Sorry for the long silence

It's been a long year at my house. I was having trouble at work right before Christmas and ending up taking a sideways move to a job with less pressure. I like the new position (it's actually the position I started in 5 years ago).

Then I had trouble getting my depression medications regulated. After several months of trial and error that is now under control.

Then I needed sinus surgery, but while awaiting surgery, there were some problems with my pre-surgery blood work. After making an appointment with a hemotologist my MIL had a massive heart attack. My appointment was canceled, and we spend 8 days driving 30 miles one way to the hospital where my MIL was in ICU. She needed surgery to correct her heart, but she wasn't stable enough to undergo surgery. They had to keep her sedated to help relieve the stress her body was under. She was hooked to a ventilator to help her breathe, and had over a dozen different medications going into her. After the 7th day of no improvement we had to make the hard decision to removed support. They kept her under sedation, but removed everything else, and she took her last breathe within 15 minutes. She went very peacefully.

As some of you may remember we lost my FIL in September and my MIL never fully recovered from his loss. As you can imagine the holidays have been extremely difficult.

After the funeral I called and rescheduled the appointment with the hemotologist and everything was fine. :) God is good. He put the obstacle in my path so I wouldn't be recovering from surgery when my family needed me. I've since had my sinus surgery and everything went well. My recovery was going well until I developed a nose bleed. DH took me to the ER (because of course it was after office hours). The ER doctor couldn't get it stop because it was DEEP in the nose. After 5 very AWFUL hours my ENT doctor who did the surgery came in and put a clotting devise in my nose. That was THE MOST PAINFUL thing I've ever endured, and I've had 7 surgeries. I'll spare you the grossness of it.

After that, I was on SEVERE restrictions. DH put more restrictions on me than the doctor did. I guess after just losing his Mom he was scared to death. I am fully recovered now and have been given the go ahead to go back to work. :)

I'm going to try and do better about posting. I've been busy knitting though. My needles have been going. I've knit 4 or 5 pairs of socks now, untold numbers of dish cloths, and I'm currently working on another pair of socks, a shawl and a scarf. I have yarn and a pattern for a sweater I want to make in the near future. I'll try and get some pictures made and posted. :)