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I’ve been working on comfort shawls this last year while starting this shawl languished, but I’ve finally got it started. I decided on the Wisp shawl because it’s light and airy looking. I’m not using the light weight yarn the pattern calls for tho, I’m using my hand spun which is about sport weight. I’m also making it a little wider so it will cover more to keep her warmer in church or keep the chill of the fall and winter nights away. I still have another skein or two to spin, part of one is on my wheel and I will try to finish it before I run out of the skein I am knitting from now because I knit during lunch at work for something to do. This cria is sooooo soft, it is a pleasure to spin and knit with. I’ll try to post another picture as I get more of it done. You’ll notice the ball of yarn is not in a pull skein, because I forgot to wind it into a pull skein and took the long skein to work and ended up having to wind it by hand on my desk, but I didn’t mind because it’s so soft and squishy ;).
3rd Comfort Shawl started
Yes, it’s the same picture because I finished it on my lunch hour at work and gave it to her so I didn’t get a finished picture, I know, I’m bad. She was so surprised and held it close and said, it’s so warm. I hope it will give her many days of warmth and comfort.
I’m starting another shawl, but this will be the one that I’m spinning the cria (baby alpaca) for a friend just because. I have one skein and a spool on the wheel that I need to spin more onto and then ply it so that will give me 2 skeins. I will need 3 maybe 4 skeins for this shawl. It’s one I’ve done before, the Wisp shawl. It’s light and very pretty. I think light and airy for the warmth of the alpaca would be good, because alpaca is very warm.
I’ve been so moody this week, and then it hit me why, today would have been my youngest son’s birthday. Happy Birthday son, I miss you.
I had to take Thor to the vet’s last week end. He’s having some bowel issues and they put him on anti-biotics and a steroid. She said if he’s better after the round of anti-biotics (the steroid is in the anti-biotic) then it was a helobactor infection and he should be fine, and that is my hope. If not and it comes back then it was an inflammation problem and the steroid was taking care it in the lower colon area, and she will try a different anti-biotic for the lower bowel and see if that takes care of it, and if not then she will have to do a biopsy to see what is going on. Poor Thor was not a happy camper about getting his temperature taken (he had a sore bottom) – this was his first trip to the vet and I don’t think he likes vets now :P. I’m glad I had a some savings, and it took it all. This is why I don’t recommend ferrets to those who do not like to spend money at the vet’s office as the ferrets get older, because you will. I have my own health check up’s coming soon and when all the free wellness checks that my health insurance takes care of for the year are done, I will be dropping my health insurance so that I can use the premiums I was paying for to take care of Thor. He comes first. Other than the free wellness checks (and they cover a lot of things), it was more of a catastrophic insurance plan, because it doesn’t pay for anything until I’ve spent $5,000 out of my own pocket, except for the wellness stuff.
Are you ready for some football?
I was afraid that there wasn’t going to be any football this year. But they got it all figured out and we are in Pre-Season!!! I didn’t get to see the Cowboys play their first pre-season game because it wasn’t televised, but they won!!! I watched the Bears beat the Bills last night. My son-in-law I’m sure is a very happy camper because he is a huge Bears fan :). My daughter, like me, is a Cowboys fan, makes for an interesting household when those two teams play each other :P. My oldest son is a Steelers fan, no accounting for taste :P. My 2nd son has no interest in football and neither did my youngest son, what can I say.
3rd Comfort Shawl started
This is a simple shawl
by Lionbrand yarn. It’s a garter stitch (knit every row) using their homespun yarn. Very simple but the yarn makes it beautiful. I have a co-worker that was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She did the radiation and they found that it had migrated to her pancreas so she is doing radiation again and I believe they will follow up with chemo. These treatments make her very sick and she gets cold easily so I thought a nice heavy soft shawl with a soothing color would be nice. I’ll post a picture when I finish, which I hope will be be soon. I’m not feeling very well today so I haven’t been knitting on it today. I only have about a 1/3 of a skein left. My grandchildren (3 & 5) saw it and wanted me to make them one. I told them I would make them one for Christmas, they were so excited. You don’t see little ones excited about a hand knit item very often, was a good feeling.
Our weather has cooled down significantly and I’ve been able to use my air conditioner much less. Has been much less humid and much more comfortable. 🙂 My ferret and my parakeet both did their shedding/molting thing early this year, so I expect we will see an early fall and winter, sigh.