October 31, 2014

New Project

My friend Laura at Dragon Wing Arts designed the pattern for my latest knitting project, an Outlander-inspired bulky shawl.  It's a perfect quick, portable knit.  Between the Tulpenkraz lace, and the Bohus-inspired sweater which I have yet to calculate stitch counts for, my projects are very ambitious.  Add a week-long cold to the mix and this shawl is perfect.

I pulled out some burgundy singles yarn, formerly most of a baby sweater but I think the recipient is about to start college!  I'm about 1/3 finished and it's working up well.  The lace edges will show more once it's blocked.


October 25, 2014

Marysville

Hey, so part of today was horrible.  There was a school shooting north of Seattle, another one.  I actually saw the medevac helicopter fly over my apartment, on its way to Harborview.  Somehow that just makes it worse.

I wish people would stop hurting each other.  Isn't there enough pain and heartache in the world without adding to it?  I'm not very coherent in my sadness, but I feel it's still important to say something.

I listened to some beautiful string music tonight, with new friends.  That part was very nice.

September 30, 2014

Happy Humira Tuesday!

This morning FedEx delivered my first dose of Humira.  A large box arrived with a styrofoam cooler, dry ice, and an surprisingly small box of 2 Humira injector pens.  And so much paperwork to send back to the specialty pharmacy, ugh.  Don't breathe in the dry ice, kids, it can kill you (fun fact: the body regulates breathing based on CO2, not O2).


I'll use one injection every other week, and won't expect to feel any change for at least a couple weeks.  I'm an old hand with injector pens, after years of Imitrex, so that part's easy.

And next month, just in time for Halloween, I'll get another delivery.  Maybe I'll be feeling well enough to carve a cool Jack O' Lantern, or find some other fun use for the dry ice.


September 24, 2014

Knitting in my DNA

Or rather, my DNA in my knitting!  My hair is now long enough that stray strands are knit into my work, especially the blanket.  I wonder what a future owner might conclude about me by my hair or DNA.  I did a little mental auto-anthropology when this came to mind ;)

The blanket so far

I've almost finished the blanket's fourth column of six squares, which leaves the fifth and last column plus the border.  It may get a simple dark grey edging, or something fancier like a color blocked rainbow border.  We shall see.  I'm also waiting on more light grey yarn, which is backordered, and hoping the dye lots match well enough.  With autumn weather having arrived, I was snuggled under it today while knitting.  Nice and warm.

With a cat for scale
The color placement should look more even and random once the last column is on.  I hope...

September 23, 2014

Winter is Coming

*I started this a week and a half ago, but computer issues and fatigue delayed posting.  

Cold winter weather is on its way but so is a heated mattress pad. I had one as a kid and it was wonderful.  My body has become poor at temperature control, especially when I'm asleep, so this should help.  Last winter I tucked sweatpants into wool socks and slept in 3 top layers under a down comforter and quilt.  Even using the electric baseboards judiciously, I could barely move without generating scary amounts of static electricity.  Seeing arcs off your fingers is pretty bizarre.


Aside from autumn weather, I've been dealing with increased fatigue.  Daily naps are no longer optional, my body just stops and sleeps.  Insurance denied Humira coverage, which I'm appealing with the doctor's office's help.  Maybe in a couple more weeks I'll get it?  Can't come soon enough!


Update: Humira was approved!!!  Hopefully I'll be able to start in by the end of the week.  There's a pharmacy issue to sort out first.
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