Now for the Bad News


As promised, hooray, the bad news.

Friday Marley and I went to the vet. Poor thing shakes so much now, whereas ordinarily she's a good vet kitty. When it was her time to be examined I took her out of her kitty carrier and she was covered, and I mean covered, in urine on her hind legs. Like she peed herself. The vet totally blew it off, said she's so traumatized and scared and has gone through so much in such a short period of time, that it's a natural reaction to fear. Even though I wanted to believe that, I just didn't. So I asked about doing a urinalysis to see if she's got a UTI. Vet didn't think it was necessary but she did it to appease me.

Rewind here a few days. I've been watching this cat lick and lick her hind quarters. But she has bowel issues, so that behavior makes sense. But what didn't make sense was coming home I think on Wed or Thurs and searching high and low all over the house for diarrhea. I swore she had some, but it wasn't in the litterbox. I never did find any, which surprised me, because her hind fur had a slight tinge of yellow to it. Not once did I think urine, I thought, messy mud-butts that she had cleaned off of herself. Also around that time I started finding little yellow droplets on my white bedding. They smelled like...I don't even know. It just smelled sick. Not like pee, just like hospital. Sick. We do a lot of meds with her, so again I didn't think much of it. One of her meds is an orange yellow. I figured we got some on the bed, because with a cat with so many meds we don't discriminate where we administer them. When she's out and about, no matter where she is, she gets her meds. So the likelihood of us getting an orange-yellow liquid on the bed was pretty high. I never thought it was urine.

But then with her peeing on herself, everything came together and clicked in my head. It's all urine. So her bladder was empty at the vet's office, and it was up to us to collect as sterile a sample as we could, i.e. no litter, feces, etc. in it. Which was fun, and I won't go into those details. We refrigerate it overnight and drop it off first thing in the morning for the testing.

Vet's office closes at 11 am on Saturdays, and the vet on that day called me at about 2. She was really hesitant to give me any info because she isn't Marley's regular vet, and Marley has a longstanding history as of late, and a complicated background. All she could tell me is that she has a significant amount of blood in the urine, likely due to bladder inflammation and a condition known as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. Not life threatening (absent an obstruction), but a pain in the ass and requiring lots of meds and treatment, and very uncomfortable for the cat. Hooray! No bacteria, so no UTI. There is also a chance she could have bladder stones, but the vet said with her 5 xrays over the past 3 weeks or so, if she had those they would have already picked up on them. I explained that no one was looking at her bladder and urinary tract, and could you just view the xrays for me and double check? Because, as any hypochondriac would know, I research symptoms and self-diagnose all the time, as well as diagnose Marley. And I know all about bladder stones in pets, and that bladder stones in pets are considered a fatal condition. The urethra is so small that they will get obstructed, and within 24 hours the pet will die. But this vet, who I do not like, told me that I should talk to my normal vet on Tuesday when she is back in the office, and we will go from there. Had no intentions of looking over her xrays or reviewing her chart or anything, just wanted to pass it off onto her normal vet when she's back on Tuesday. In other words: We closed for the day 3 hours ago and I want to go home. Marley isn't my patient, talk to your own damn vet next week.

Needless to say, I'm so irritated at her. She prescribed prednisone for imflammation. But wouldn't call in a script to a pharmacy, which is what they did for Domino's asthma attack. No, she says to me, "Pick it up Monday." Meanwhile I have a kitty who is in discomfort and peeing herself, and you want me to wait 48 hours before starting treatment? Excuse me, but she's a bitch and I will never make an appointment if it is with her. The other vet I've dealt with has done nothing but impress me and make me feel confident in her care. This one just didn't give a shit about how badly Marley was feeling. My other vet would have made sure I got those meds that day to treat her immediately. She never would have made me wait 2 fricken days.

So I did research and found out what I can do at home. Basically pray it's not a bladder stone, and watch for signs of her stopping urination altogether, because that signals a blockage and that means death from being septic within 24 hours. Increase fluids and administer only wet food. That doesn't work as she won't eat wet food, so I give her 6 ccs of water by syringe 4 times a day at least. And basically just loving on her as much as I can. Kinda hard when she's all covered in pee (but she doesn't smell like pee, just like sick). We had to go out and buy a vinyl matrress cover and confine her to our bedroom. I'd rather get pee on my bedding that I can wash than get it on a couch I cannot wash, you know? So with the mattress cover the mattress is protected and safe. We bought a huge king sized blanket and covered our bed with it. Since she's not peeing on purpose, it's just seeping and leaking out of her, she isn't saturating a blanket. Just leaving drips, that luckily do not soak through this enormous and thick blanket. So that saves me from daily bedding washing, which is nice. I put a thick towel on the floor where she lays, and she's using it. She's being good.

But I'm exhausted. And sick. And so freaking tired of all this. If it is FLUTD, which makes sense, it will clear up with prednisone and it can be kept at bay with increased fluids all the time to flush the bladder, and with keeping her stress-free. It makes so much sense that this is what she is suffering from, because everything I read indicates that this is usually a reaction in predisposed cats to a huge environmental stressor; i.e. a move, a natural disaster, or a recent, serious illness. I hope this is what she has, because the treatment seems to be anti-inflammatories when she has a flare up. If the vet has concerns though, that means ultrasound ($300), possibly a sterile bladder sample (needle biopsy essentially), and possibly surgery. I am hoping and praying for FLUTD even though there is no cure, just treatment.

When it rains it pours, huh?

Weekend FO

I' ve been very sick this weekend. Probably due to stress. I have strep and a sinus infection. Yay.

Laid around feeling cruddy Saturday and Sunday and, between naps, made a purse. It's not blocked so it looks a little wonky.





Details:
Pattern: None
Yarn: Jo-Ann Sensations Thick and Thick in Pink Lemonade (I think, I forget), 75% wool, 25% nylon: just under 3 balls
Hook: L (yarn calls for a Q)

I'm thinking of felting it. Why not? Anyone know how yarn tends to fare with only 75% wool? It does not need to be lined, thankfully. I hate to sew. This was $1/skein yarn around Christmas time, so a pretty cheap project. Ordinarily I believe it's either 4.99 or 5.99/skein. I think, but I don't recall, I bought it to make a silly scarf for my then 12 year old niece, when pink was "the" color for her and she was ooohing and ahhing over all the novelty yarns. Now she's into gray, go figure, so to destash I made this to sell at the September craft fair. I have a little left over, I think 1 or 2 balls, not sure what I'll do with it. Burn it? Haha. It's so, so not my style.

In other crochet news, I made a hat. I will have to post photos later as I have not completed the finishing touch. A friend commissioned me, for $15, to make her a cobalt blue hat with kitty ears. The only cobalt blue (can't you tell she's an artist? Cobalt blue is a very popular paint color amongst painters to create various blues and purples) yarn I could find was RH Super Saver. She was cool with that. So I made her a hat based on a pattern I printed off of Crochet Me, and I'll give details later. I then was to add kitty ears to it, and found another pattern for kitty ears also on Crochet Me, but I think they're too big for this hat. I'll just wing it I think and make some smaller ears since these ones don't quite work. Hopefully I will attach the ears tonight and take pics. The hat itself is super cute. I don't like it with ears on it, but we'll see. Maybe it will grow on me. It's not like I have to wear it though so that's fine I guess.

Bad news in my next post.

Friday Update

Our weekly update begins on the beautiful Hawaiian coast, where Acornbud has been knitting her Monkey Socks in Maui! They even took time out of their busy trip to pose in front of one of Paris Hilton’s favorite stores.

Amber also took her socks on vacation. Or, should I say, her socks dragged her frantically around Paris in search of its lover. What a tough life. I think Mr. Sock did eventually find ze lover (pronounced “lov-air”) somewhere along the Seine. Lucky guy! I wonder how he will fare in Kenya?

Deb had a chance to work on her second sock, and now both socks are done at least up to the heels!

Adrienne just wrapped up her contest and is urging readers to visit Jen’s blog contest, and to be sure you let Jen know that Adrienne sent you. Oh, and she posted a gorgeous photo of her Serenity socks!

Aside from running a kickass contest, Jen also divulges the secret of sock knitting success. No spoiler here, you’ll have to read it for yourself. She also shows off her Sun King Footsies, which are really so adorable. And finally, she revels in Ravelry and ponders project design, with the assistance of mathematicians no less!

Alison is busy working on her lace stole, but has had time to work on the ankle portion of another sock. Like many of you, she was slowed down a little bit by the latest and final installment of Harry Potter.

Amanda just finished her second pair, the Broad Spiral Rib Socks. Check them out, along with her super cute mary janes.

Amy has quite a bit of sock yarn p8rn to show off on her website. She’s a lucky girl, her second Anastasia took her out on a date the other night to happy hour. Amy was able to finish most of the foot section.

Amy P is hardcore. She’s made some knitting progress even while stoned. I will allow you to decipher that one on your own, by reading her blog. She’s in need of pattern testers for a sock she designed, why don’t you take a peek and read more? And do look at her socks for the design contest.

Anastacia finished her Elann spirit socks ankle socks and a pair of scrap socks, and has posted photos on her blog. Totally un-sock-related, she also posted a photo of the fan shawl she just finished, and I hope people take a peek.

Angela Marie has been busy working on her Jaywalkers and her Cascading Leaves socks. Both are quite pretty!

Ann W. may have been on a bit of a hiatus from blogging, but she certainly has some beautiful socks to show for it. Check them out!

Ruth’s progress on her Ridged Feather Socks is coming along, and they’re looking quite stunning. She, too, is almost off on vacation, so maybe we’ll have some more photos of socks in exotic places next week.

Agnes has completed her Waving Lace Socks and they are gorgeous and feminine. Unfortunately, as I’m sure many of you are aware, it’s the middle of summer and wool socks are a wee bit warm this time of year. Don’t worry Agnes, we can wear them soon enough!

And lastly, I’ve managed to post a photo of my miserable ankle socks. That are just totally miserable. I’ve barely completed one ankle section, and they’re just no good. They’re more in line with slipper socks as opposed to in-your-shoe socks, but that’s okay. My goal for this sock-along is to crochet my first pair of socks, since it’s really a milestone for me as opposed to a strong desire to crochet socks. As I’ve been lamenting on my blog, though, I hate to crochet socks. I don’t feel like I’m quite ready to learn to knit so that I can make socks, but I bet I will be someday. In the meantime, I’ve got 2 months to finish these, and I’m determined.

Oh No!

I joined a swap over at Fiber Freaks and I got my package the other day from halfway across the US. And it's fantastic! And it's been sitting under my desk for the past week untouched. Idiot! I don't know how I forgot about it and just left it there. Ugh. I'll have to take photos this weekend and show off my fantastic goodies. I'm so sorry to my swap goddess.....who I shall praise properly this weekend. :)

Frustration Squared

Just a vent. I'm feeling so frustrated these days. I'm going to the vet again tomorrow because yet again, Marley has stopped going to the bathroom. My poor kitty. I just feel like I'm at the end of my rope here. I'm starting to have all these normal but horrible thoughts. Is this to be a terminal condition? At what point is she incurable and in need of being put down? I have 2 cats and Mark has one. My 2 cats are my children. I do love Domino, but he's not my cat and therefore my bond to him is different. Marley is my baby. Otis, on the other hand, though a wonderful cat, and though I will be upset and heartbroken when her time has come, does not have that same place in my heart that Marley does. I'm not sure why. Our personalities just seem to mesh in a weird way.

I've emailed a vet for a second opinion. But everything I've read leads me to believe we're doing all the right things. I am horrified at what I read. That this will probably be a lifelong issue. That this could go on and on forever. That until we find the right meds, the right dosages, the right high fiber foods, she could be really backed up. That many cats over the age of 7 or 8 will have this problem at least once in their lives. That if it isn't cleared up quickly enough, she may develop megacolon, a condition wherein her colon basically distends so much that it stops working altogether, and is like dead weight in her belly and will need to be removed. I've read nothing that leads me to believe this is a terminal condition, but at what point with a pet do you say enough is enough?

I have mini-goals set up. By next summer I was to be 100% debt free, aside from student loans and a forever car payment (2 debts which are not ridiculous, not irresponsible, etc.) Most of the medical debt will be gone by then, all of the credit card will be gone by then. So long as I keep on the same path. Which means, no extra money for outrageous vet bills.
So my goals to pay this off:
1. Sell some yarn, that will give me maybe a $50 profit maximum. Check. Everything is on ebay now.
2. Sell the iPod. Check. And thank you again!
3. Sell my 35 mm camera. Check. Again, another huge thank you.
4. Mid-September I'm doing a 1 day craft fair. $30 table rental. I will probably be the only one who crochets there. It's in my small hometown. I have hats and scarves galore, but the season is off for that. So, I'm trying to work on some purses, bags, pouches, dish cloths, headbands, fridgies, etc. Trying to come up with lots of little $3-$5 things. I'm even going to make some baby booties.
5. Sell craft books on Amazon. Check. $50 profit expected.
6. Etsy. But not just yet. I have to make enough stuff for the craft fair.

I don't know what else to do. I'm still hemming and hawing about a second job. I am so miserable when I'm stressed. I don't mind being tired and cranky, but when my stress level gets out of control, I get strep, bronchitis, the flu, horrible stomach viruses. Basically every germ within a 1 mile radius infects me. So I worry about that. But soon enough, I won't know what to do.

With the iPod and the camera I could have paid off almost half of the bill. Only problem is, this is a revolving bill. One that is neverending. At least for now.

I don't want to say goodbye to my cat. It would kill me. But so will this. I've worked hard to get great credit and I'm watching it fly down the tubes. It's frustrating.

Vent over. Sorry. I'm feeling really sorry for myself lately.

Still Here

I'm here, just feeling somewhat quiet.


I'm in a sort-of crochet slump at the moment. I'm working on a cobalt blue hat for a friend. She wants it to resemble a beanie, be very simple, and have kitty ears on it. And, she wants to pay me for it. Wee. I made one that is a combination of sc rows and shell stitch and it's so cute if I do say so myself (except for the color which I do not like), but it's a bit detailed for a kitty hat. So I'm now working on version 2 which is very plain. Boring. But it's what she wants.


A long while ago I was going on and on about how I was going to save up $500 for the Knit and Crochet Show that was in Manchester, NH a week ago. Two weeks ago? Recently at any rate. I was going to buy gorgeous yarns since I have no LYS here to speak of, and since I hesitate to buy online unless I've used it before or I know people who have (I have this tendency to love it online and hate it in person). Well, with everything going on I couldn't even really justify going. But I wanted to so badly, and even with all the recent debts I scrounged around and skimped and saved and was able to spare $50. Which got me my admission, a tasty beverage, 3 lucious yarns, and a whole day of entertainment, with a few dollars to spare. I have to say, I still feel guilty about spending the money when I so clearly do not have it. But...I haven't gone out for dinner, gone to a movie, gone to any place that involves money actually, in about 5 months. So, I guess I'm entitled. I've been working a lot of overtime each week, so that makes up for it, too!


I bought this lovely sport weight Alpaca. It's so soft and silky. I just adore anything Alpaca. It's just a nice, natural color. It's just under 700 yards. I'm thinking a shawl for me for the winter time, or a shrug similar to the Homespun one I did recently. Obviously it would look totally different (better!) given how different the yarns are, but I'd use the same basic principle and make it up as I went. I'm leaning towards the shrug idea.



I also got some wool. They're each I think about 280 yards? Enough that I could make a scarf with each one. So, the one in yellows/browns will be for Mark, and the pinkish one will be for me.



And aside from working on my sock one day, I haven't touched the thing. Want to hear something funny? I hate crocheting socks. It makes my skin crawl. I love the look of crocheted anything. It's all so lovely. I like it better than knitted items, even though the drape isn't as good more often than not. However, the one thing I do not like are crocheted socks. I've seen a few patterns that are *okay* to a degree, but mostly they're just bulky and uncomfortable looking, and not at all dainty and girly. I'm not a girly girl either, not by any means, but I like dainty, pretty socks. Either that or nice thick wool hiking-like socks. But not this:

It just doesn't do it for me.
In kitty news, Dom is going in for his asthma crap and to get his inhaler (yay, I'm so thrilled) in about 2 weeks or so. Marley is still constipated but making progress. The vet and I need to talk at some point today and then decide from here when she needs to be seen again. Probably Saturday.
Oh! And I did sell the iPod and the Rebel 35 mm camera. Thank you ladies. The iPod is in the mail as of today and the camera will be delivered today. Thank you! You've just helped me pay almost 2/5 of the vet bill. I mean, you know we'll just charge that much in the next 2 weeks anyway, but still. It's a huuuuuuge help.

Friday Update

Mystery Stole 3 doesn't seem to have stolen the show this week! I present to you our group's sock progress:

Alexis just got some new sock yarrrrrn: Cascade Fixation and Panda Cotton. I’ve been dying to try out the Panda Cotton and she says it’s just so soft and lovely. She also recently purchased Annie’s Attic “Stocking Feet,” with 10 crochet sock patterns. Unfortunately, a lot of the patterns use worsted weight yarns. Hello, doesn’t anyone know that socks like that don’t fit in shoes very well? Sigh. She’s almost finished with sock #2, and we’re all anxious to see how it comes out.

Poor Jen had to frog back her Mom’s socks because the gussets were just way too big. She’s having a hard time with this pair and is on the fence about scrapping the project altogether and just making Mom some Monkeys. But her spirits are probably raised a little after the wonderful sock-related book purchases she just made. In fact, she’s feeling so good that she’s got a really cool contest running on her blog between now and the end of July. Do check it out!

Deb finished her Walk in the Woods socks and the colorway is amazing.

Our other Deb had a chance to lounge pool-side while working on her newest pair of socks. I won’t lie…I’m uber jealous.

As Amanda pointed out, we’re just about a third of the way done with Summer of Socks. Can you believe it? She’s right on schedule with her Smokey Joe socks, despite taking some time off from knitting to get married. Congratulations, Amanda!

Adrienne completed one of her peonies in Tofutsies #733. I think this is one of the few pretty pastel socks I’ve seen from our group, as many of them seem to be in screaming bright colors. The peony is luscious, like a fresh flower.

Amy of Knitting in Public has finished some sock knitting this week, but unfortunately was pulled away by two funerals and a road trip. You must be exhausted, Amy. Take it easy.

Aside from all the eye candy and great photos on her blog, Amber also shows off the first of her man socks, which look fantastic. Oh, and sock yarn for her trip to Kenya. No biggie, just knitting in Africa! Yeah, no bitter jealousy here or anything. ;)

Amy has cast on her Bellatrix socks, and they’re so gorgeous and witchy!

Emergency! Help! SOS! Amy P of Dyed in the Wool isn’t sure how she feels about the design she’s been working on. Would y’all hop over and comment on how it’s coming out? My vote is that the socks are a keeper.

Andrea finished her beach socks, and still had time to laze around and watch some movies. I am very jealous and suddenly have massive amounts of couch envy.

In her weekly installment of Sock-It-To-Me-Sunday, Angela Marie shows off two absolutely lovely socks that you simply must take a peek at.


April finally seems to have gotten her act together and has made some progress on her crocheted socks. Only to come to the realization that they're no match for knitted socks. I'm thinking that the dark side is calling me...I may have to learn to work the needles if I want some gorgeous socks. Maybe photos of the crocheted socks next week.

YARN FOR SALE, etc.

Well, you all know my sob story. I've spent almost $1000 at the vet's office in 7 days, and we're not quite done yet (2 more appts between the 2 of them, and one $100 asthma inhaler, ugh). So, some of my stuff is up for sale, because I don't really want to resort to prostitution to be able to pay for sick kitties.



First up, no pic yet. My iPod (with video). 18 months old. Used maybe 6 or 7 times. Paid $350. Asking $175. I will throw in the charger for it (purchased separately for $50), and earphones. It holds crazy photos, video, has a full color screen. I have the specs at home. It holds 7500 songs. It's lovely. If you're interested, I'll gather all the info you need. I may even still have some purchased warranty left. I have all the original paper work, including receipt.



Second, again no pic and not good specs: I have a $599 Canon Rebel film camera. With flash and great lens. I will sell this for $200. It's 3 or 4 years old. If you're interested, let me know.



Now for the Yarn:



2 skeins Patons Classic Wool. Value $5.99 each. $10 includes shipping.



Classic Merino Wool

Tension20 sts - 26 rows = 4" (10 cm)

Suggested Knitting Needle4.50 mm, US - 7

Suggested Crochet Hook4.50 mm, US - 7

CareHand washable. Lay flat to dry.
Content: 100% Wool Put-up: 3.50 oz / 100 g, 5 Balls / Package Length: 223 yd / 205 m

Color: Deep Olive





3 skeins Red Heart Classic in Nickel. $7.50 value. Will sell for $8 total, includes shipping.


Traditional hand combined with great wash performance and a palette of color to fuel your imagination!! This premium all-purpose yarn works up beautifully in afghans, sweaters, accessories and more!
Materials:
100% acrylic
Length/Weight:
Solids: 3.5 oz (99 g), approx. 190 yd (174 m)Prints & Multis : 3 oz (85 g), approx. 146 yd (134 m)*Multicolor designated by (m).
Thickness:
Medium
Color Range:
74 colors
Needle:
US 8, 5 mm
Hook:
I-9, 5.5 mm
Wash Instructions:
Machine wash and dry


6 skeins Lion Jiffy in El Paso. Value 14.94. $15 includes skhipping.

Quick and easy to work, velvety soft, 2 ply brushed 100% acrylic that looks like mohair.
2.5 oz./70g (115 yd/103m) balls
Gauge:Knit: 14.6 St sts and 18 rows = 4" (10cm) on size 10 (6mm) needles Crochet: 10 sc and 12 rows = 4" (10cm) on K-10.5 (6.5mm)




2 skeins of Wool-Ease in Green Heather. $5.99 per skein value. $10 includes shipping.


The warmth of wool, the easy care of acrylicWool-ease is a 4-ply worsted-weight yarn that is so beloved by knitters and crocheters that it inspired an entire family of yarns. Wool-Ease is appreciated for its versatility and value. It has the feel, warmth and softness of wool and the easy care of acrylic. Its extensive color range makes it easy to design with and perfect for every project from socks to afghans.
Weight Category: 4 - Medium: Worsted-weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn

3 oz/85g (197 yd/180m) balls
80% acrylic, 20% wool



2 skeins Patons Classic Wool. Value $5.99 each. $10 includes shipping.

Classic Merino Wool
Tension20 sts - 26 rows = 4" (10 cm)
Suggested Knitting Needle4.50 mm, US - 7
Suggested Crochet Hook4.50 mm, US - 7
CareHand washable. Lay flat to dry. Content: 100% Wool Put-up: 3.50 oz / 100 g, 5 Balls / Package Length: 223 yd / 205 m
Color: Natural Mix







5 skeins Red Heart Classic in Black. $12.50 value. Will sell for $11 total, includes shipping.

Traditional hand combined with great wash performance and a palette of color to fuel your imagination!! This premium all-purpose yarn works up beautifully in afghans, sweaters, accessories and more! Materials:100% acrylicLength/Weight:Solids: 3.5 oz (99 g), approx. 190 yd (174 m)Prints & Multis : 3 oz (85 g), approx. 146 yd (134 m)*Multicolor designated by (m).Thickness:MediumColor Range:74 colorsNeedle:US 8, 5 mmHook:I-9, 5.5 mmWash Instructions: Machine wash and dry




1 enormous skein of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Lazy Daisy. Paid $4.50 on clearance. Will sell for $5 includes shipping. Note size in comparison to wine bottle. This is not a small ball of cotton, folks! This is 12 oz, 340 grams.
Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Handicrafter Cotton Solids (162013) & Ombres (162023)
Tension20 sts - 26 rows = 4" (10 cm) Suggested Knitting Needle 4.50 mm, US - 7 Suggested Crochet Hook4.50 mm, US - 7 CareMachine washable and dryable
Solids (162013) Content: 100% Cotton Ombres (162023) Content: 100% Cotton
Lazy Daisy 12 oz/340 grams



7 skeins of designer Italian Ribbon Yarn. Value $45.50. Will sell for $30 includes shipping. Gorgeous Bronze color. Silky soft.



Filati FF Must

100% nylon flat-knitted ribbon is silky in a lovely, sophisticated palette. Great price, too!
recommended gauge:
4.5 stitches/inch on U.S. size 8 needles
yardage:
99 yards/50 grams
care:
hand wash, dry flat
price:
$6.50/50 grams
brand:
Filati FF




2 skeins of Wool-Ease in Wheat. $5.99 per skein value. $10 includes shipping.
The warmth of wool, the easy care of acrylicWool-ease is a 4-ply worsted-weight yarn that is so beloved by knitters and crocheters that it inspired an entire family of yarns. Wool-Ease is appreciated for its versatility and value. It has the feel, warmth and softness of wool and the easy care of acrylic. Its extensive color range makes it easy to design with and perfect for every project from socks to afghans.Weight Category: 4 - Medium: Worsted-weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn 3 oz/85g (197 yd/180m) balls80% acrylic, 20% wool



2 skeins Paton's Kroy Socks. $11.98 value. Will sell for $12 includes shipping. Color Krazy Stripes.


Patons Kroy Socks

Kroy Socks Bright Shades ( 243354 ) & Solids ( 243454 ) & Ombres ( 243454 )
Tension28 sts - 36 rows = 4" (10 cm) Suggested Knitting Needle3.25 mm, US - 3 Suggested Crochet Hook3.25 mm, US - D/3 CareMachine washable in cool water. Dry on low heat.
Bright Shades ( 243354 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m
Solids ( 243454 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m
Ombres ( 243454 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m


3 skeins Moda Dea Cache. Paid $17.97 total. Will sell for $15 includes shipping. Gorgeous for felted projects.
Moda Dea Cache
Serengeti
This fabulous wool blend yarn has a handpainted look with just the right touch of metallic. Each ball is as unique as you are!. 75% Wool, 22% Acrylic,3% Polyester1.76 oz/50g72 yd/66m per ball
Bulky Weight



2 skeins Paton's Kroy Socks. $11.98 value. Will sell for $12 includes shipping. Color Muslin.

Patons Kroy Socks Kroy Socks Bright Shades ( 243354 ) & Solids ( 243454 ) & Ombres ( 243454 ) Tension28 sts - 36 rows = 4" (10 cm) Suggested Knitting Needle3.25 mm, US - 3 Suggested Crochet Hook3.25 mm, US - D/3 CareMachine washable in cool water. Dry on low heat. Bright Shades ( 243354 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m Solids ( 243454 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m Ombres ( 243454 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m



2 skeins Paton's Kroy Socks. $11.98 value. Will sell for $12 includes shipping. Color Glencheck.

Patons Kroy Socks Kroy Socks Bright Shades ( 243354 ) & Solids ( 243454 ) & Ombres ( 243454 ) Tension28 sts - 36 rows = 4" (10 cm) Suggested Knitting Needle3.25 mm, US - 3 Suggested Crochet Hook3.25 mm, US - D/3 CareMachine washable in cool water. Dry on low heat. Bright Shades ( 243354 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m Solids ( 243454 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m Ombres ( 243454 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m



2 skeins Paton's Kroy Socks. $11.98 value. Will sell for $12 includes shipping. Color Winter Eclipse. Patons Kroy Socks Kroy Socks Bright Shades ( 243354 ) & Solids ( 243454 ) & Ombres ( 243454 ) Tension28 sts - 36 rows = 4" (10 cm) Suggested Knitting Needle3.25 mm, US - 3 Suggested Crochet Hook3.25 mm, US - D/3 CareMachine washable in cool water. Dry on low heat. Bright Shades ( 243354 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m Solids ( 243454 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m Ombres ( 243454 ) Content: 75% Wool - 25% Nylon Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 10 Balls / Package Length: 203 yd / 187 m




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Shrug/Bolero Details

Per Deneen's request, here are the shrug details.

Yarn Used: Lion Homespun (approximately 1 3/4 skeins)
Hook size: N

Follow a pattern for a basic shrug (i.e. a tube shape). If you can't find a pattern, you can simply do this:

Part 1:

Measure the lengh from one arm to another, across your back. I measured from elbow to elbow, my own preferred length. You can customize this as much as you want.

Make a starting chain that equals the length you measured above.

Row 1: hdc in second ch from hook, and in each ch across. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 2-?? hdc in each ch across, ch 2, turn. When you've reached your desired width, do not fasten off.

Measure the circumference of your arm at its widest point where your sleeves will be. Since I measured elbow to elbow, my widest part was just above my elbow, where my teacher-waddle bi-cep is (you ladies know what I'm talking about, you get past a certain age and that waddle just won't go away!). If it's 12 inches, for instance, repeat row 2 until your rectangle measures 12 inches in width.

With the help of an assistant (Dad was mine), hold your arms outstretched by your sides and position the rectangle from arm to arm, across your back. Be sure to place the ends of the rectangle where you want the sleeves to end, centered perfectly on either side (as best you can, at any rate). Place a stitch marker on each side right at your armpit.

Fold retangle in half lenth-wise. Starting where you left off, sl st ends together between end of sleeve and armpit marker. Try it on, and if it's good to go and feels alright, fasten off.

Repeat for other sleeve.

Voila. Shrug made.

Part 2:

Attach yarn. I believe I attached the yarn at an armpit, but it doesn't really matter.

SC in each hdc all around the edge until you reach your first sc.

Do not join rounds or ch 1. Work in a spiral.

Continue to SC around and around and around until you've reached your desired length.

Keep in mind that Homespun is pretty heavy, so as you're working your collar section behind your neck is going to basically stand up straight. It isn't ever going to have a lovely drape and fold and flow off your shoulders. The yarn just isn't capable.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Attach yarn at bottom of sleeve. SC in each hdc around, join, and fasten off. Weave in ends. Voila. Bolero? Shrug Jacket? Shracket?


Variations:

Use a yarn with a nice drape (I plan to do this next) and an appropriate hook size.
If your yarn has good drape, that collar (that stands up with the homespun) is going to fold down and flow nicely. When you've reached your desired length, try a decorative edging, maybe a scalloped, pretty edge. I bet that would look gorgeous!

Try any stitch pattern that you like. Shell stitch, v-stitch, sc, dc, tr, the possibilites are endless. Have fun!

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It's a shrug...it's a bolero...it's....

I spent a long day sitting in a hospital waiting room (10 hours), so I decided I'd crochet. I was too nervous to do anything that required much thought, as my brain was just fried. So I decided I'd make a shrug, just sort of make it up as I went without a pattern. I had some Lion Homespun with me, oringinally intended for a stash-busting scarf for a gift. I would never have chosen Homespun for this project because, well, look...there's no drape, it's too thick, it's acrylic, etc. etc. Cotton-ease would have been a better choice. Oh well. I was in need of something to do, I was upset and worried, and this is sort of just what happened under those circumstances.

It looks bad over my PJs. It looks cute with a navy blue tank top though, and a pair of jeans.




I guess it's not too bad for something I made up out of my head, right?

I did not realize previously how gorgeous the coloring was on the back though. Nice subtle stripes. I can't wait to make this in a nice soft Alpaca blend for winter, and a nice cotton for summer. The cotton will have shorter sleeves and the winter version will have longer sleeves.

Friday Update

It seems like everyone is busy with Mystery Stole 3, but many of us have made some great progress on our socks nonetheless.

Abby of Ever Decreasing is still plugging away on her Vinnland and Jaywalkers. She hasn’t quite had the motivation to start on her second Vog On, but that’s okay. Vinnland is her first toe-up pattern and she’s loving it. I’m so anxious to see them when they’re done.

Last week Adrienne was pretty convinced that SOS stood for Stupid Ol Sock. I am proud to announce that this week, she’s changed her tune and has decided that SOS officially stands for Start (an)Other Sock! She designed a sock called “Peonies” and is working on a pair for herself.

Whilst Knitting in the Valley , Agnes has completed her “Pretty Comfy Socks,” and has begun work on her second pair using Opal Petticoat. I can’t wait to see how these work up. I’m a wee bit jealous of her pretty comfy socks, and if she doesn’t watch it they might soon be pretty completely stolen…by me!

Jen's been a bit under the weather, but she was still able to work the gusset and turn the heel of her Mom’s socks. We hope you feel better, Jen.

Ali of Skeins her Way has completed her first sock and is well on her way to completing Sock #2. Great job, Ali!

Allison is slightly behind on her goal to knit one pair of socks per week, but she’s finished pair #2 and is working on her third.

Amanda’s feeling A Little Fuzzy , this week about following the rules. She realized that she didn’t follow the directions for her Flame Wave Socks. Shhhh….we won’t tell.

Amber’s making all of us jealous, as she spent a good amount of time knitting on the beach in Florida. I don’t know what I’m more excited about, the beach photos or the sock photos. She’s put down her knee high socks for now until she’s sure they will fit their recipient, and is working on a second pair for a friend.

Amy has finished her first Anastasia sock and, as I suspected would be the case, I’m just about ready to steal it for my own foot! Something about lime green socks make my world a happier place.

Angela Marie has made much progress on her Big Black Socks and her socks for the Hogwarts Swap. Great job Angela Marie!

Anne-Marie is almost finished with her Elfine Socks, and her handspun socks are no longer a WIP!

Amy of Dyed in the Wool recently acquired some sock yarn with which to knit her design for the competition. Can't wait to see what she comes up with!

Manda has finished her Space Monkey socks and has begun work on her third pair. All this while baking cakes for the enemy. Where does she find the time?

April is very sad to report that she has frogged all of her crocheted socks and has nothing, and I mean nothing, to show for SOS 2007 whatsoever. We're only into Week 3, though, so I'm certain I'll catch up once the numbness from feline-induced-wallet-emptying subsides.

Friday Update

Abby of Ever Decreasing is continuing work on her Vog socks. Sadly, we need to call in the cheerleaders for her, as she has developed second sock syndrome and has started on her first toe-up pattern.

Alison of Alianne Knits finished her first pair! If you recall from last week, I was in love with the striping. Do take a peek and also get a preview of pair #2.

Amber over at Amber Waves of Pain has made some great progress on the knee socks, and also just scored herself some of the new Risata yarn from Knit Picks for some more socks.

Anastacia Knits Regia self-striping broad ripple socks like a dream!

Angeluna at PurlsBeforeFrogs is making beautiful progress on her undulating rib sock. Have you ever seen such a gorgeous colorway?

While wondering what happened to the month of June, Anne was Sitting’ and Knittin’ some more on her SOS socks. Where did June go anyway?

Amy J. has been Knitting in Public, and working on her sock, among other projects. Her progress may be slower than she’d like but her work is gorgeous.

Hey Adrienne: Even in the Bellybutton of California I don’t think SOS stands for stupid ol’ sock! We will all bow our heads in a moment of silence for your sidewinders socks, though. Rest in frog peace, sweet one.

Agnes is Knitting in the Valley like a fiend. Is there a contest for fastest knit sock?

Jen at Knitting Sutra is having more fun with her socks than any of us are having. Her socks took her out for a beer! Maybe we all need to start using her pattern?

Amanda is still feeling a little fuzzy these days. But one thing is perfectly clear: She completed her first flame wave sock!

Aquaknits worries that she’ll be a little scatterbrained when it comes to making her second sock, so she’s got two different socks on the needles right now. Both are just delicious.

Do you know Adelle? That Girl is Crafty! She just finished the highly acclaimed Giotto socks we’ve all been loving. Great job!

Amy H from Sticks n Mud finished her first pair of socks this week. She’s still not sure about the color, but I think they’re lovely.

In the midst of baking cakes for the enemy Amanda has been making great progress on her socks. Do take a peek at her Twisted Flower Socks especially.

Anastasia came out to play with Amy at Blue Thing Pie. Isn’t she just a pretty little thing?

Comparison

Last Week:




This Week:

Ouch

Turns out it's not okay to sit outside on a bench for a half hour crocheting if you forget your sunblock at home.

How about them ugly knee surgery scars?

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