Friday, June 23, 2006

My World as we know it!

The Jiree Cardigan project is well under way. The back is done & one front panel is nearly finished. Just about 6 more rows. In between my loom knitting, I have been suffering with a very sore throat & inflammed lymph well as feeling run down...ill like.
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Yesterday I noticed one of of our White Crested Black Polish Bantams limping. After examining her, I found myself treating a very inflammed foot pad with a large sore smack dab in center of pad. All infected. So being a human nurse & animal lover, my natural instincts were to start treating her wound. I pulled the plug of dirt from the pad that filled the infected foot...soaked her foot in a small bowl of peroxide followed by a betadine dip. Dabbed her dry. Spread bacitracin ointment into the hole, and wrapped her foot up nice & neat with a mini sterile gauze, covering it with tape to keep it in place. I also gave her a shot of Penicillin.
Today she just about had her dressing off. I repeated the above treatment plan. The inflammation has gone down drastically since yesterday.

We love our Polish hens. They are so docile & easily handled. However they have cost me a small fortune. Back about 6 months ago we had one ( her name is Hippy Chick because of her hair do) ... anyways, Hippy started having frequent seizures lasting up to 1 hour. She has always had them but maybe once every 6 months or so. Her seizures started being every other day or so. To make a LONG story short, her vet visit, tests, medicines & special feed run me approximately $375 only to find out she has hypoglycemia (Diabetes). Her blood glucose level was extremely low. So now we have to feed her a special feed that is like a thick can of Ensure - used for parenteral stomach tube feedings. Thankfully she loves it...otherwise I don't know how we'd get it in her. Her seizures have subsided ever since we started feeding her the special Avian food. People thought I was plum loco spending that much on a chicken... but Hippy is like a puppy to us. She follows us everywhere, comes when called, she talks back to you when she hears her name. She is well worth the money.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Starting the Jiree Cardigan

I am just getting started on Denise's project which is going to be a vibrant blue- done in Bernat Soft Boucle.
Might I add...the pattern is done in a garter stitch & I do not like how this boucle yarn purl's. It is very difficult to purl with that type of least for me it is. The yarn is softer than I initially thought. Feeling the skein it didn't feel so soft but knit up it is feeling alot softer. Anyways, wish me luck on this project as it is a big challenge for me. So far the pattern looks easy enough to understand.... then again I am only on row 20. :o)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

My New Looms!

Yippee!! I am doing the happy dance!!

I got my new looms from Decor Accents!! I just love the wonderful craftmanship!! I ordered all small gauge looms this time in an effort to cut back on the quantity of yarn needed. The regular/large gauge Knifty Knitter's usually take 2 strands which means twice as much yarn. Yippee Skippy!! I sure can't wait to start using them!!

I am so very impatient with myself! I can't stand it sometimes. I'm like a kid trying to sleep on Christmas Eve...knowing Santa is coming... oooh ...the anticipation!

I'm committed to another large project right now. Denise Layman asked me to test a new pattern for her (to my surprise :o) and I accepted the challenge! Why??! Hmmm. I have never been brave enough to even consider such a project as I have such difficulty understanding patterns.... at least I was having difficulty... until my brain started absorbing the info taught by our volunteer teachers over at our Loom Knitter's Classroom (yahoo group)! We've only done a few projects however the info I have been taught is worth it's weight in gold... I mean it's weight in yarn. LOL!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Class Project ~ Fancy Purse

Well.... Here is my fancy purse. I had to complete it before all the directions were posted because I need my loom....

What I learned from this project:

* Eyelash type yarns end up with 90% of the eyelash wisps on the wrong side of project until you brush it to pull it back through.

* You really need a hard (firm) purse handle that is large enough to reach to both sides of purse.... and the solid handle to hold bag stretched out flat as my soft leather handle makes the purse drap in the middle at the top.

This was a nice fast project & the yarn is very soft. I used Caron Simply Soft Quick - Super bulky with a strand of Lion Brand Fancy Fur- Bulky > Knitting them together.

The flap I did with 2 strands of the Caron Simply Soft Quick.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Central NY Rain keeps wet alpacas fully fleeced!

Did I mention that we are STILL waiting for the alpacas to dry out so we can shear them?! Here we are ...June 9th, 2006 with wet wooly wonders just waiting to be shorn of their luxurious alpaca fleece. At least the rain keeps them cool as they can not tolerate the extremely hot temps. Once the temps hit high 80's, or even into the 90's.... they do not do well. They truly love the water though! You so much as walk near the garden hose and they'll come running, teasing to be sprayed. Hopefully they'll dry out by my next nights off from work.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

My Model Baby!

After the trials & errors of knitting garments by quessing sizes, I went and bought myself a baby! Finally I was able to find a true to life baby 20" long, 15.25" head circumference, life sized hands & feet also! It's so real like... sometimes I think his mouth moves! LOL!!
Now my newborn items will be accurate in size.
However they will be put on the back burner for now as I am about to embark on a challenging project. It's a secret for now. I'll update you later on that! :o)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I stopped at Walmart this morning for Milk & came home with a bunch of Goodies for a fancy clutch bag I will be creating in our Loom Knitter's Classroom this week.

I had to do some wild color coordinating. Walmart doesn't have many of any one color or brand which made it difficult.
We're learning how to create a Fancy Clutch Purse taught by Jenn Perry. I have no use for the clutch purse but do them anyways for practice.
I'll post my end product when I get done.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Toaster Cover

We're still waiting for our alpacas to dry out so we can shear them. Here it is June 5th aleady! At least the rain is keeping them cooled down.
In the mean time I decided to attempt making a toaster cover for our new toaster!
No pattern, just created as I loomed. I used "Bernat Handicrafter Cotton" Yarn- Rosewood color. I did the toaster cover in sections.

The top panel first.

Then 2 sides. Because my new toaster has fat rounded top edges unlike my skinny square top old one... I had to decrease stitches to get it to fit my toaster.

After top & side panels were made, I decided to add I-Cord trim to the seams. I then stitched all together at once: Top, I-Cord & side panel.
I am excited to say that it turned out not tooo bad!
** My only fear is that it will shrink when washed as it just fits now. I even made it 2" larger on loom that I needed.
*** My lessons learned:
1) With a little imagination & old fashioned determination.... you can make anything without a pattern!
2) Make items substantially larger that you'd like end product to be as once it is taken off loom, it is ALOT smaller... and may shrink even smaller when washed.