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rodezzy2 | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

I just had to start knitting with the new circular needles I purchased recently, and with Katina’s encouragement, I started just knitting last night before dosing off.  It was wonderful.  I knitted a whole 1.75 oz ball in 1-1/2 hrs.  Is that a good time.  Well, I wasn’t really going for a timed knitting session, I just had to use the new needles.  They have a wonderful smoothness and the yarn glided over them effortlessly.  I was a happy knitter.  I’ve included a picture.  Those are size 10 circulars and the yarn is Patons Glittallic, Rose Glow.  Another $1.00 per skein find at the Dollar Tree store.  I’ve had it since last fall, and now that the holidays are over, I’m getting back to crafting, knitting, sewing….whatever. 

I don’t know what it will turn out to be when finished, you know me, it’s a work in progress and it won’t tell until it “tells me” to stop….giggle.

Next week I will be buying a yarn specifically for a project for my DGD.  I’ll send up pics as soon as I get started. 

Hello Gloriasews, I miss you.  And many others I’ve come to know here.  Hey everyone, whats cooking?  I know I have a whole list of projects that need to get done and/or started….  giggle  “nothing to it, but to do it”!

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  1. KharminJ | | #1

    Good Morning Rodezzy! What beautiful yarn, and sexy needles! Isn't it lovely when good looking tools are a joy to work with, too! Can't wait to see what this turns into - in the photo, it *feels* like a chair cushion, but that's probably not very practical. Happy snowy Saturday - be careful, DH says it's very *heavy* snow!Bright Blessings! Kharmin

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      rodezzy2 | | #2

      A very good morning to you and DH.  I burst out in laughter when you said "chair cushion", you slay me.  ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.  It's too pretty a yarn to sit on.  ha ha ha ha ha.  Maybe in a house, but my little apartment doesn't have any chairs on display.  A yarn this delicious must be proudly worn dear lady.  Thanks for your input though!  Always good to hear from you.

      Yes, it snowed overnight, and is snowing again now.  It's a beautiful feathery snow, reminds me of Michigan when I was a child.  Lovely.  I'm going out to a line dancing class in a bit.......oops...just looked out of the window....its stopped again. 

  2. damascusannie | | #3

    Dontcha love those Knitpicks Harmony needles. I'm in the middle of a two month love fest with my set of sock needles!

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      rodezzy2 | | #7

      Yes they are wonderful.

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      rodezzy2 | | #11

      I am finding them very wonderful.  Makes me want to knit knit knit.  giggle.  Send a pic of your socks, please.  I need your encouragement.  Maybe I'll finally make a full pair.  Only made one, and are you making them on your circulars.  I do have the cord ends to make them singles.  Have you tried that and how does that work? Oh, and I've seen that book that makes two socks at once, and they are on circulars, right?

      Edited 2/22/2009 11:58 am ET by rodezzy2

      Edited 2/22/2009 11:59 am ET by rodezzy2

      1. damascusannie | | #23

        I can knit socks on circulars (either two circs or using the Magic Loop method) but I like double-pointed needles best for socks, so I got the Harmony sock set: six sizes of needles from U.S. 0-3 (includes half-sizes) in a single set. I just love them and am on my third pair of socks since Christmas!

  3. starzoe | | #4

    Circular needles are wonderful. I see though that you are knitting flat with your circs. It's nearly Spring but circular knitting can make a lovely cowl for cold weather for next Winter.Circular knitting will open a whole new world to you, particularly as you are inventive and like to try new things.....a top-down or bottom-up sweater with no seams and no sewing required, a ditto cardigan using steeks, hats-without-a-pattern, socks on two circs, sleeves knitted top down on circs, leggings, collars, double scarves, wristlets, mittens, the list goes on and on. You may end up like me with a collection of about a hundred circulars, every length and every size available (collected over fifty years of circular knitting, not all at one time!).I enjoy looking at your projects, I particularly commend you because of your innovations and "inventions". You might be interested in a knitter called Debbie New, she's a whirlwind of invention regarding knitting besides being the mother of eight, a woman with many degrees and accomplishments to her name. She has written a book "Unexpected Knitting" I think you would enjoy.

    1. Katina | | #9

      That's such a fabulous book!  I too have a huge collection of circulars and must confess to sneaking my knitting on 'planes when we were banned from knitting after the Twin Towers horror.  I tied my colourful reading glasses on the ends with a few bits of ribbon, added some wooden beads and hung it around my neck.  It was never noticed.  Nor did any flight attendants ever say anything, even though some would comment on my knitting.  Several European countries still don't permit knitting needles, so if anyone reading wants to try this, make sure you use wooden needles as the metal ones will trigger the scanner.  Ask me how I know...

      Katina

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        rodezzy2 | | #14

        You little scammer you, that was ingenious!  giggle.  Where theres a will, theres a way, I've always heard. 

        Edited 2/22/2009 12:03 pm ET by rodezzy2

        1. Katina | | #16

          I cannot imagine sitting all those hours on a plane again (when they took my needles in Zurich) without my knitting.

          Katina

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            rodezzy2 | | #17

            Working on a project does make time melt away into a pleasant experience.

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      rodezzy2 | | #13

      Oh, yes, I'm very anxious to do a garment.  I've selected a summer top for my DGD.  I am knitting the present project while I wait for next weekend when I can buy the yarn.  (I put myself on a new budget) I will be using Bernats Organic Cotton in a cream.  I'm very excited about it.  And another reason I purchased these knitting needles is to finally make Meg Swansen's Shawl Collared Vest of which I have the DVD for.  It's knitted in one piece on circulars. 

      I purchased the tape fall of 2007 and while at my cousins house on my Thanksgiving vacation, I knitted half of it.  But I was using an unfavorable yarn and it didn't give the quality look that the piece deserved and I didn't like the needles I was working with.  So, I'm working up to that vest.  I've watched the tape many, many times and finally last fall purchased the DVD when the tape failed me.  I know that this is an advanced project, and she uses some very advanced techniques like cabling with and without cable needles, the kangaroo pouches, knitting backwards, steeks, I-cord cast off, 3-needle I-cord cast off, shaping the collar, reversible phoney seams and I-cord tab buttonholes.  whew.....the main body is actually easy after I mastered cables.  They were wayyyy easier than I ever imagined.  I made one cabled piece that I unraveled, but I did it.  I will make this vest.  I will, I will, I will.  But I am building my knitting confidence right now, and will accomplish my first garment for my DGD.  It is simple knitting and shaping.  In the meantime, this project is so satisfying, with no details but plain stockinette st.  The yarn is so beautiful to me, and I am loving the results. 

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      rodezzy2 | | #18

      I checked out Debbie New's site and she is awesome.  Such a prolific artist.  Just awesome.  Eye candy!!!

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        ThreadKoe | | #19

        Your knit whatever is sure turning into something pretty! How wide is it? I knit a shawl that was triangular, starting with 3 stitches, and just adding a stitch at the beginning of each row, all in garter stitch with a really fuzzy, fun fur yarn. I love it. I think it takes 5 balls on 6mm needles. Maybe the next fun yarn the dollar tree has would be a good quick to make gift project for you. Cathy

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          rodezzy2 | | #20

          Hi Cathy, I just finished putting on the last ball of yarn.  I left the last ball to do some finishing with, whatever that will be.  I'm not sure yet.  I cast on 60 stitches.  It's 18 inches in width and 56 inches in length. 

          Now what?  Don't ask, cause I don't know.  giggle I just love the fabric at this point.  Need to think on what my next move is.  Beads? Crochet edging? Add another yarn on the edges?  Going to do some searching through my stash and my mind.  he he

          This yarn was from the Dollar Tree store, where everything is $1.00.  I looked it up online, and with Mary Maxim it was $5.49 per ball.  That means it must have originally sold for $6.99 per ball.  They only had these seven balls at the time.

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            ThreadKoe | | #21

            Whatever it is, it is shaping up absolutely scrumptious. I know for myself, I love to wrap myself in lovely warm things! Must be the nasty cold winter up here....... My little kitty is staring at me from on top of the warm spot she has found on top of the computer back up battery/surge protector as if the cold is all my fault, tee hee! I think she wants to sit in my lap while I crochet in front of the tv. Got to find where I misplaced my camera so I can post a pic of my shawl for ya. You got a really good deal on that wool! DD1's BF's mom just gave me a box of phentex slipper yarn! Have to work that up for my friends and family when they come to visit, my floors are soooo cold! Any good thoughts on easy and quick patterns? Cathy

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            rodezzy2 | | #22

            Kitty's got the right idea.  She wants human comfort.  I'm not mad at her...hehehe!  Yes that would be great to see a pic of your shawl.  Actually, there's no wool in this product.  95% Polyester and 5% Lurex.  On Crochet Pattern Central there are several slipper patterns.  I just looked at one that said "One Piece Slippers", they looked easy and fast.  Check it out!

            http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory.php

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            ThreadKoe | | #24

            OOOh, I loved those! They are half slippers, half socks! Thanks. My shawl is all synthetic also, but feels out of this world! I wash it in the washing machine by putting it in a lingerie bag! I lay it out to dry tho. Give it a good shake after, and brush it out with my hands and it is good to go and all fluffed up again. Spent way more than you did on your balls tho, tee hee. Cathy

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            rodezzy2 | | #25

            Glad you liked the pattern.  My machine died this week, I've got to buy a new one ASAP.  I've had to haul stuff to the laundra mat and I hate that.  giggle. 

            I had better get busy, I have stuff to do.  Good luck with your crocheting.  Looking forward to seeing those pictures you promised.  he he

          5. Gloriasews | | #29

            Is that the old-fashioned Phentex that you have?  The kind that feels coarse & is made of many fine fibers?  I use that kind doubled with the cheap supermarket yarn for slippers - especially for the soles - as they don't wear out as quickly.  I have a moccasin-style pattern with a separate sole that you attach to the crocheted upper.  When the sole eventually wears out, I just remove it & crochet new soles.  These slippers last for years.  That old Phentex wears really well, but was never soft, yet when it first came out, everyone was making ponchos with it (neither warm nor soft against the skin - quite scratchy), but it works really well for slipper soles mixed with another yarn (makes the soles thicker, too).  Just a thought.

            Gloria

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            ThreadKoe | | #31

            Yes, this is the old slipper Phentex yarn, perfect for slipper soles! That is why I was looking for the pattern ideas. I have a couple if patterns for slippers that I have either knit or crochet for years, but was looking to see if there were any other old favorites out there. There are long, long lists to go through on the free pattern lists! Sometimes if someone has made something themselves, they have the insider report on what they are like. Cathy

          7. Gloriasews | | #34

            I printed out a couple of them, but haven't tried them yet.  I've been sticking with the pattern I have for years, as my guys have huge & wide feet & I know that my pattern will fit (after much trial, error & alterations).  I'll be trying a couple of the free patterns for women's slippers, though, & hope they fit.  If not, I'll just unravel them & try another pattern.  Most are quick to make, so it's not a huge waste of time.

            Gloria

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            ThreadKoe | | #38

            I have printed out a couple possible new ones also, but have added them to my Round TUIT list to try them out one day, tee hee. Love to add the phentex to the soles, so they will wear a while. Doubling it up with a regular yarn was an idea I had never thought or heard of tho. Smart! Cathy

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            rodezzy2 | | #32

            No, its 95% Polyester and 5% Lurex.  Patons Glittallic.  I don't even think I've seen the yarn you're talking about.  This is pretty soft.

          10. Gloriasews | | #35

            You wouldn't like this Phentex yarn, Rodezzy, as you can't wear it close to the skin unless its knit/crocheted with something softer.  It's best for slippers, as it wears for ages.  Your yarn is fabulous for clothing.  It's amazing what can be found at the dollar stores, eh?  Ours has some nice yarns, too, but, like you found, there aren't enough for a sweater, but I've been collecting them anyway & waiting for inspiration to strike.  Happy knitting!

            Gloria

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          rodezzy2 | | #75

          I finished the black shawl.  Its a rectangle folded in half, seamed at the long edge leaving a hole for your head, fringed on the short edges.  You like?

          Still investigating possibilities for the pink knitted piece, its at an odd length 56 long and 18 wide. 

          Going to try it on again, at another angle.

          By George.....I've got it!  Give me a couple more days, I have a great idea!

          Edited 3/11/2009 11:19 pm ET by rodezzy2

          1. MaryinColorado | | #76

            Sweet! 

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            rodezzy2 | | #78

            Thank you my dear ladies Mary and Cathy, you are so wonderful to me.

          3. MaryinColorado | | #79

            You're welcome!  Keep up the great surprises!  We love the mystery and suspense you bring to our lives!  As well as your kindness to others!  Mary

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            ThreadKoe | | #80

            Well, someone has to keep egging us slow creative sorts on towards the finish line, my fine friend! tee hee hee! Cathy

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            ThreadKoe | | #77

            Magic fingers My Friend! You have the knack of making something pretty from some pretty fluff! talented...talented...talented... Cathy

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            JunkQueen | | #81

            Is that rodezzy I "see" there? I've been missing you..... Love the shawl. Since I neither knit nor crochet, I have to watch, with awe, from the sidelines when you who are so talented display the results of your fine efforts. That is quite lovely. Can hardly wait for the pink one.

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            rodezzy2 | | #82

            Thanks dear lady.  I was quilting this morning so I still haven't finished the other piece, but I have a really fun and great finishing idea.  I bought the "extras" I needed for it already.  Just have to do it, I probably will do it tomorrow.  Want to finish the quilt first.

          8. KharminJ | | #83

            Ooh, yummy! What I need to develop is Drive like you have, Rodezzy - I spend far too much time thinking and fretting, not nearly enough actually Doing! Keep it up - you do inspire us all! Bright Blessings! Kharmin

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          rodezzy2 | | #84

          That pink piece became a shrug that I gave to my cousin Ronnie.  The lady I made the crazy hat for.   She loved the fabric and asked for it to be a shrug for her to have at work.  So I sewed up the long edges at each end to measurements I took of her arm for the opening. I gave it to her for Easter along with a Black & White shawl I made for her to wear on Easter Sunday.  She loved them both, and I forgot to take pictures.  I was waiting for pictures from her, so, they haven't come yet.  So I thought I had better let you guys know what was going on.  I'll get pictures eventually.  Sorry guys.  She does my taxes, so hey, I didn't want to disappoint her, she never disappoints me.  She does many other things for me and the family, shes a lovely person, I'm blessed to have her.

          Edited 4/27/2009 7:37 pm ET by rodezzy2

          Edited 4/27/2009 7:39 pm ET by rodezzy2

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            ThreadKoe | | #85

            Oh well, so no pics. But thanks for the update, was beginning to wonder what had happened. Cannot let a special someone like that be dissappointed can we. Cathy

          2. MaryinColorado | | #86

            You are always so thoughtful and kind!  I'm sure she appreciates your talent and heartfelt gifts as much as she enjoys wearing them! 

            Another Rodezzy mystery solved!  Thanks for letting us know the outcome!  Mary

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            rodezzy2 | | #87

            Today I dropped off my digital camera to her to get a picture of the shrug.  Also, I dropped off the poncho for her GD.

          4. MaryinColorado | | #88

            goodie!  can't wait to see the photos!  Mary

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            rodezzy2 | | #89

            Finally the pictures of the shrug w/my cousin modeling.  She wanted it simple and keeps it at the office to keep warm due to the vent in the ceiling over her desk area.  She loves it.  Thanks for all of your support.

             

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            ThreadKoe | | #90

            OOOOh, lovely, snuggly, and definitely wearable. A fiber artist you definitely are my friend! Cathy

          7. Crazy K | | #91

            Lovely.........and comfy....... yep........you're a 'fiber artist' for sure!

            Kay

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            rodezzy2 | | #92

            Thanks.

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            rodezzy2 | | #93

            Thank you!

          10. Gloriasews | | #94

            That shrug looks so cozy & is the perfect thing to wear in a drafty office.  Good job, Rodezzy!

            Gloria

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            rodezzy2 | | #95

            Thank you dear lady.  She loves it.

          12. jjgg | | #96

            I have only one question.
            Does it feel as wonderful as it looks?
            I think I want to snuggle up with it, it does look scrumptious.
            Judy

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            rodezzy2 | | #97

            Yes it is soft and comfy. 

          14. jjgg | | #98

            I thought so. Enjoy cuddling!
            Judy

          15. MaryinColorado | | #99

            D doubliciouse!!!  Another lovely creation!  That apricot color is so pretty, love the embellishment, and those sleeves are beautiful.  It looks very soft and cozy too.  Mary

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            rodezzy2 | | #100

            THanks Mary, she loves it.

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    ThreadKoe | | #5

    Pretty, and sparkly! Is it not just wonderful when the work just flows? Seems my creative juices have been flowing also. I pulled out an incomplete project of my Mom's and am happily crocheting as you go around her work. Will end up as an afghan of some size. There is another sample piece I am trying to remember which box it is in, and will incorporate that as well when I find it. I also pulled threads and cut the lengths of my LR sheer curtains. I must be on the way to being better. Will post pics when I find my camera......Cathy

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      rodezzy2 | | #6

      Yes, it is a wonderful thing.  I'm so glad you found your mother's work to finish.  Its so very wonderful.  Sounds like you are having a great time.  You are so blessed to have something of your mother's to hold close.  Happy crocheting!

  5. Katina | | #8

    As we mentioned, Rodezzy, very simple things can be stunning. Stockinette strips like you're working on will curl along the edges; you can take advantage of this quality  - tie a knot in each end and you're done. You can add some beaded fringing, etc if you like and have a really special piece. Looking forward to the pics!

    Katina

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      rodezzy2 | | #10

      Ummmm beaded fringe sounds exquisite.  I have tons of beads.  I love the fabric the yarn is creating.  It is sooooo delicious.  Here is my progress so far.  I worked on it last night while watching TV.  I was surprised how quickly I was finishing a ball.  This is four balls down, with only three left to work with.  It will be a decent length. The needles work very smoothly.  I almost dropped some stitches twice.  I had to use a crochet hook to take one stitch back up two rows.  I then knew it was time to quit working in the wee hours of the morning when, after finishing the last ball I was working on, one needle end slipped out of about six or more stitches and I had to take time to pull one back up and slip the others back on the needle end.  I went to bed after that.  giggle. 

      1. Katina | | #12

        I think the knitting bug's got you!

        Katina

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          rodezzy2 | | #15

          Oh yes it has.  I love both mediums, knitting and crochet.  But I've always crocheted since I was 10.  I learned to knit then too.  A friend of my moms taught my friend Cynthia and I both.  Cynthia never learned neither one, but I learned them both.  I was never taught to read instructions and we only had a few lessons.  But the crafter in me and my need to create was overpowering and I learned on my own in my early twenties.  I never pursued knitting as I did crocheting, but now is so appropriate.  I'm having a lovely time knitting and learning to read the instructions.

          Edited 2/22/2009 12:05 pm ET by rodezzy2

      2. MaryinColorado | | #47

        oooooooooooo so pretty!

  6. Gloriasews | | #26

    Hi, Rodezzy!  I'm still around, just lurking in the background lately & won't be doing much crafting until I have my cataract taken care of.  In the meantime, I'm mentally creating :).  I love the yarn you're working on & love the colour.  You're doing great with your knitting - way to go!

    Gloria

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      rodezzy2 | | #27

      Oh hey there, Goriasews.  So very glad to hear from you.  I finished knitting the piece, but haven't decided on the final product.  I'm crocheting a piece for a friend now.  Went to her father's funeral Thursday and had on one of my shawl's, she begged for one of her own.  Of course I don't have the same yarns I used in mine, but I'm making one for her.  She said, "surprise me, just have some black in it."

       

      1. Josefly | | #28

        The colors in your friend's wrap are great! And the pink is luscious.

      2. Gloriasews | | #30

        That shawl will be lovely & cosy when it's done.  Your friend will love it (& you).  You are getting as fast with your knitting as you are with your crochet!  You sure don't waste time.  Do you have enough of the beautiful pink to use as a vest front for yourself?  The pink would look lovely with your skin.  I just love that colour.  We're all waiting to see what you make of that piece :).

        Gloria

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          rodezzy2 | | #33

          I don't have any more of the pink.  I have two skiens of another colorway called "maroon shine" an it has some of the pink in it.  Trying to envision how to use it with it.  I believe I am going to crochet a trim around it and make it a shawl afterall and make some fringe.  Talk to you tomorrow, I'm off to a line dancing party.

          1. Gloriasews | | #36

            At the rate you're going, you'll be posting a pic of the finished product within a week!

            Gloria

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            rodezzy2 | | #40

            I've been ripping and running, partying, eating and dancing all weekend.  I'm stiff, tired and sleepy today...giggle.  I took a picture of the other colorway "maroon shine" giggle ... as the name is funny.  But it matches and gives some spice to the plainer yarn.

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            ThreadKoe | | #41

            Yummy, reminds me of something summery like sherbet! Cathy

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            ThreadKoe | | #42

            If it is any comfort, My FIL just breezed through his 2nd cataract surgery this morning, and is off playing cards with his friends tonight, tee hee. For a gentleman in his 80's, ya cannot get him to slow down! He is well pleased with the whole thing. He even manages his eyedrops 4X a day himself. No problem. Cathy

          5. Gloriasews | | #45

            Thanks for the info, Cathy.  If your FIL, at 80, breezed through it, I should have no problems, eh?  Sure hope so, anyway. I think it intimidates me because I'll be awake the whole time (& I'm a bit of a chicken) :).  O well, it must be done.  Now I hope I can get rid of this terrible cold so that I can have it done & over with.  Then I'll probably want the other one done, too, whether it needs it or not yet. :)

            Gloria

          6. MaryinColorado | | #50

            Will they let you wear headphones?  listening to music during procedures can be very calming!

          7. Gloriasews | | #51

            What a great idea, Mary!  I'll have to ask them when I book it.  That would certainly (I hope) cover the sound of the vacuum that they use to remove the cut-up pieces of my own lens, as the instructions said it was a disconcerting sound - no doubt, eh?  Thanks so much for that idea.  A nice Mozart disk would do the trick, eh?

            Gloria

          8. MaryinColorado | | #52

            Yes, I really believe music helps with many stressful situations and as you said would help distract you from the sounds of the procedure.  My daughter listened to whale sounds when in labor as it soothed her, her children find it helps them go to sleep to this day!  (Those whales have the opposite effect on me because I was a nurse and knew a bit too much about her risks during delivery!)  Mozart sounds good to me too!

            Just be sure you will still be able to hear and understand the surgeon's voice clearly.  I hope they will allow you to do this! 

            I know of many people who have had wonderful results with this surgery!  God bless you!  Mary

          9. Gloriasews | | #54

            No, whale sounds don't relax me at all!  Just the opposite! :)  Anyway, you have a point in being able to hear the surgeon, so I might not use the earphones.  As Cathy said, it only takes a short time (10 minutes, said the surgeon) to do the eye & they will give me a relaxant, so I should be OK.  He also suggested that I'd have amazing results, even with the AMD, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  Now, if I can only get rid of this terrible cold  & get on with it . . .   Thanks so much for your kind thoughts, Mary.

            Gloria

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            ThreadKoe | | #53

            You do not need to worry at all! They will give you something to relax, and the procedure takes no time at all to do. Hope you are over your case of the sneezles quick! Cathy

          11. Gloriasews | | #55

            It's amazing how fast they can do this now, eh?  The surgeon said it only takes 10 minutes!  So, with the relaxant, the time should fly (or maybe float?).  :)    Thanks for the reassurance, Cathy.

            Gloria

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            ThreadKoe | | #57

            FIL was pretty worked up before his first one also Gloria. Afterwards, he was excited to get the 2nd over and done with, it was so fast, and no pain or discomfort. Just the drops for a couple of weeks. He is so happy with the results. He will probably need reading glasses still afterwards, but now complains about how bright the sun is when he is driving, tee hee! He is happy to see so much better, and he won at cards the night after the surgery! Cathy

          13. Gloriasews | | #58

            Thanks for the confidence-booster, Cathy.  Now I'd better find a pair of sunglasses with good coverage, eh?  I am so used to my eyes being as they are (& worsening) that I didn't even think of how bright & sharp everything will be.  I'm almost looking forward to it, after all :)

            Gloria

          14. Josefly | | #59

            My thoughts will be with you as you have this procedure. I'm so glad you're getting encouragement here. My mom had cataract surgery twice by herself, without telling any of us kids - she was very bad about doing things like that - but she was so glad she had it done. And until she died, years later, she could see, even to read, better without any glasses at all than I could with mine.

          15. Gloriasews | | #64

            I'm so grateful for the assurance I'm getting from you all here.  The surgeon also told me that my sight would improve greatly & that I might only need reading glasses from the drugstore afterwards - so that is exciting!  It'll be so nice to be able to drive again, too, which will allow me more freedom, now that spring will eventually be here.  Everyone has been so inspiring in these threads!  I guess all I have to fear is fear itself, eh? :)  Thanks again for your kind thoughts.

            Gloria

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            JunkQueen | | #62

            Gloria, I just know you'll be so pleased with the results of your surgery. Even though I had a couple of bumps in the road with mine, I am happy I had it done. I have to wear glasses still, but that's because my vision was so bad to start with. I needed help with far, near, and intermediate before the surgery. Now I have far vision, but I still need help with anything closer than about 3 or 4 feet, so I wear glasses. I didn't know my hair was so gray before the surgery. I thought is was still ash brown, with ash blond streaks. Once the cataract, and the resultant yellow hue, was gone, I discovered why everyone kept telling me how "beautiful" my gray hair was!! I am not joking.

          17. Gloriasews | | #65

            I'm remembering all the info you gave me in December & am grateful for it.  I don't think my colour perception has changed, but I might be just as surprised as you were.  I'd better colour my hair before I have the eye done, eh? :)  (It might be too much of a shock to see myself afterwards).  Everyone has such good things to say about the surgery, that I'm almost looking forward to it now.  It'll be good to have it over with, anyway.  Now, if I can only get over this cold, I'll have it made.

            Gloria

          18. byf | | #68

            Hi! I just had cataract surgery this week was pleasantly surprised at my recovery. I was a bit apprehensive, too, but it really wasn't bad at all. I can now read street signs, house numbers, etc.And on an entirely different topic: can anyone tell me where I can find knitting directions for the kind of scarf that buttons around the neck?

          19. Gloriasews | | #69

            Wow - you're recovering really fast!  Thanks for the reassurance.

            As for the scarf, does it come together at the neck & button down the front or does it button somehow on the neck?  Check out the knitting sites for free patterns & see what you can find, or the different yarn brand sites or just play it by ear & put the buttonholes where you think they should go.  Good luck!

            Gloria

          20. byf | | #70

            Thanks for your reply. I should have added that it buttons on one side and has a right angle at the front.

          21. Gloriasews | | #74

            That 'pretendsanity' site that Rodezzy mentioned sounds like it might be what you are looking for, eh?  It looks like a piece of the scarf hangs down the front from the buttons, doesn't it?  Unfortunately, the picture was too small to see the rest of it.  You may have to design your own, which shouldn't be hard at all.  Good luck with it.

            Gloria

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            rodezzy2 | | #71

            Thank goodness, I'm so happy that the surgery was a success.  The things we have to go through, but thanks for the hands and knowledge that knit us back together again.  The miracles of science and prayers of the faithful.  Welcome back to the crafts you love.

            http://slumberland.org/wp/2007/03/13/pattern-whirlwind-neckwarmer/

            http://www.pretendingsanity.com/knitting_iframe.php?id=26

            Also check out http://www.knitcentral.com, click scarf.  I didn't look at all of them, but I didn't find a scarf with a button, just the neckwarmers.

          23. User avater
            rodezzy2 | | #72

            I found this one too....

            http://www.love80days.com/

             

            Edited 3/8/2009 2:33 pm ET by rodezzy2

          24. byf | | #73

            Thanks, rodezzy2! Those aren't quite what I was looking for, but one of them is close and I may try it.

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            JunkQueen | | #61

            That's wonderful news about your FIL. So happy to hear how well he is doing!

          26. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #63

            We are very pleased with his progress as well. He still will need reading glasses, but he still can DRIVE! It is so important for him in a rural area. He is still very sharp for his age. Thanks for the well wishes also. Cathy

          27. Gloriasews | | #44

            You social butterfly, you!  What an exciting weekend you had, eh?  Good for you!  The 'maroon shine' may sound funny to you, because it sounds much like 'moonshine', eh?  haha   It's a lovely colour, though, so go for it. 

            Gloria

          28. MaryinColorado | | #49

            marroon shine sounds like moonshine, tee hee!  I think chocolate or ivory would also look nice with the rose

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            rodezzy2 | | #56

            Welcomed back deary.  Those are good suggestions.

          30. MaryinColorado | | #60

            Enjoying the mystery!  Glad you are so inpired!  mary

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            rodezzy2 | | #66

            I'm thinking of buttons somewhere, and another incorporation of the "other" companion yarn.

          32. MaryinColorado | | #67

            Fabric covered buttons?  Antique looking?  Beaded?  Oooooooooh, that's fuel to fire the imagination....you could be a mystery writer! 

          33. Palady | | #37

            In rodezzy2's post, >> ... another colorway called "maroon shine" ... << had me laughing.

            My wonder is how a specific name is decided for yarn. 

            nepa

      3. MaryinColorado | | #48

        yummy colors and such unique stitches!  She will love it! 

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      rodezzy2 | | #39

      Good luck with the cataracts.  Hope everything goes great for you. 

      1. Gloriasews | | #43

        Thanks, Rodezzy - I hope so, too.  Unfortunately, I got a call today that I could have had the eye done this Friday, but I have a terrible cold, so I'll have to rebook when I'm well.

        Gloria

  7. MaryinColorado | | #46

    ooooooooooh, that's so pretty and your stitches look so great!  Can't wait to see what it wants to be!  Lovely!

    My son showed me some basic knitting stitches, I tried to practice last week and am all thumbs!  boo hoo  Oh well, I'm having fun learning to bead on fabric this week with encouragement and help from Threadkoe! 

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