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Knit All The Things, Finish None of Them (A Temporary Situation, I Hope)


ON MY NEEDLES

Due to an overwhelming case of wanting to cast on all the things, my WIP to FO ratio has fallen so far as to be nonexistent.  Every time I pick up whatever catches my eye in the WIP pile, I swear to myself that THIS IS THE ONE, the one that will spark my stick-to-a-tive-ness and soon it will move from the Land of WIPS into the Paradise of FOs. Yeah, still working on that.

Work continues on the Simple Skype Socks.  Link to my project page here.

This project probably would have been finished if I hadn’t noticed a few rows that were cataclysmically   screwed up.  I finally ended up frogging them completely, after trying for at least an hour to tink them back.  Lesson learned, don’t try to tink on the last leg of a 20+ hour trip.  It’s much more efficient to rip and start over.

Don’t even ask me what this hot mess is.  I think it’s a bit of handspun that I decided keep as a single.  This obviously was a mistake on my part.  I got busy and plied it into a double and we’re all a lot happier with the result.  See?

Found my notes on this hot mess!  Yay!  Organic Polwarth from Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club in Maple and Hickory.

ON MY WHEEL

This is slowly becoming this –

 I’m working on spinning this lovely roving close to laceweight, hoping to end up with a nice sock yarn after plying – a challenge. This roving is from, you guessed it, Three Waters Farm Top of the Month  Club.  It’s a Blueface Leicester wool and called Living Color.

Anybody can make history.  Only a great man can write it.  Oscar Wilde

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I Think I Can Do This Now


One sentence and I already have a lump in my throat……..

Last Thursday, Mr. iknead and I made the decision that no animal lover ever wants to make.  We euthanized our JosiePug due to a combination of acute and chronic issues that she developed over the last few months that were only going to worsen.

Back in February, we learned Josie had developed diabetes, which we started treating with twice a day insulin injections.  This was the easy part.  After getting her sugars under control, she perked right up and was doing well.  I should mention that Josie was 12 years old – almost 13.  We had been noticing for quite a while that she was losing her hearing, or, being a Pug, just ignoring us.  Probably a bit of both if I had to say.  It wasn’t long after her diabetes diagnosis that we could tell her sight wasn’t as good as it had been.  She still got around OK, it was mostly a case of sometimes not being able to find a dropped treat and occasional head bonks if something unfamiliar was in her path, nothing that we couldn’t handle.  We just had to be diligent about not moving familiar things in her path and making sure we put away things that might be a problem after we were finished with them – a good habit at any time.

We medically boarded her for the two and a half weeks while we went to Bangkok to visit Big Mommy, Big Daddy and the grands – the Papoose, the Sprout and the Peach and soaked up as much fam love as possible.

According to our vet and his staff, Josie did well during that time, with good blood sugar control and was tolerating the boarding situation well.

A day or so after we got back, Mr. iknead noticed that her eyes were red and a little runny.  We called the vet and he prescribed Neomycin and steroid eyedrops.  After a couple of days of treatment we could see that the drops weren’t working.  Actually, they were much worse and she showed signs of complete blindness — bumping into things, getting lost in familiar settings, with heavy panting and occasional housebreaking slipups.  This is when we knew we had to start making hard decisions about what sort of treatment we were willing to have her undergo and having an honest, read heartwrenching, discussion with our vet regarding what we were dealing with, treatment outcomes and Josie’s quality of life with or without treatment.  I suppose you could call it an Advance Directive.

Long story short, we were not dealing with conjunctivitis or minor corneal injury – remember, she couldn’t see and was bumping into things, but had an abcess internally in her right eyeball along with a severe corneal ulcer in the left.  The doc said the only treatment he could offer would be to remove her eyes, but since she was already blind, it would just be comfort care.  This was a situation that Mr. iknead and I had already discussed and made a tentative decision on.  We felt, given her age, along with her underlying other problems, insulin dependent diabetes, deafness and the stress she was under, that we needed to let her go, that her quality of life was nowhere near even tolerable and, as much as we wanted her to never leave us, it was selfish of us to prolong her misery to make us feel better.

The end was very peaceful.  The doc gave her an injection to relax and calm her and when she went to sleep, he gave her another injection to finish.  We held her and loved her and told her all about how she was the best Pug ever, the prettiest, the smartest and most lovable baby ever.  We told her that while we were sad, we were happy that her pain and stress would be gone, and she’d again be full of joy and puggy perfection, never missing a treat or a belly rub, and snorting and snoring away.

I don’t care what others think, in my world, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN!

Josie

Hardest post ever!!😭😭😭
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We Made It!!!


WE’RE HERE!

Right at this moment, Mr. iknead and I are in Bangkok, Thailand, yes, you read correctly, Thailand, one of our very very favorite places on the planet, even with the 30 or so hours it takes to arrive.  We’re so happy to finally be here, spending time with the Bangkok branch of the family.  FUN FACT – Because we cross the International Date Line, we left Little Rock early on Wednesday, April 4 and arrived in Bangkok in the early, early morning hours of today, Friday, April 6.  So, we lost Thursday over the Pacific.

Here’s what a lazy Friday afternoon looks like in Bangkok….

The Papoose and her book.

Preacherman naps

Putting  my feet up hoping ankles go back to normal.

Mr. iknead and his first born.

We lunched at Coffee Bean by Dao.

Very hip, very upscale….like yours truly……😋😋😋  I had squid ink pasta in cream sauce and giant prawn.  Words fail me as to the deliciousness of this dish. 🦐🍜

My lunch

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. © Buddha

 

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Oops, It’s Been Awhile, Hasn’t It?, Lots of Excitement at Casa Coleman and Happy Easter!


It seems that the harder I try to plan and always, always intend to sit down and blog at least a few lines about whatever is catching my attention, somehow, it never happens.  I also know that one of the keys to blogging regularly is planning, which I’ve thrown aside for the last little while – stream of consciousness anyone??

Like I said in the title, lots of  excitement here at Casa Coleman these past few weeks, here are a couple of the high points….

After a run of five little grandgirls in a row, Babymama, Babydaddy, Baby Diva and the Elf are set to welcome a new BABY BOY this summer!  We’re all very very excited — think hitting the lottery or winning the Superbowl!  At their last ultrasound, Baby Boy cooperated beautifully, allowing a good shot of (ahem) what little boys are made of. 🤗

Next, our Bangkok trip is pretty much upon us; we leave Wednesday – DAY AFTER TOMORROW!!! This is about the time that my anticipation usually gets the best of me and I become very scattered, trying to do too many things at once without really accomplishing anything.  I’ve been mentally packing for days and tried on last summer’s shorts just to be sure they still fit (they do! Yay!), next to try – swimsuit – which isn’t something I ever look forward to. ☹️

As usual, I have several things on my needles, but only one WIP that I’ve made real progress on.

Julie’s Sweater

All this baby is lacking is the cowl neck and the second sleeve.  I’m debating whether or not to carry it to Bangkok, 25-30 hours of flight (knitting) time would just about do it.  It’s just a lot of sweater in what I’m afraid will be a small space.  Maybe Mr. iknead and I will get lucky and the third seat will be unoccupied, providing me with more elbow room and a place to put all my knitting essentials.  It’s happened before. 🤞🤞🤞

Spinning continues on the Summer Palette roving, but should be finished before we leave.

Summer Palette

Roving from Three Waters Farm

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do.  The hard part is doing it.  Norman Schwarzkopf

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Spinning Sunday #3, Snickerdoodle!!


I’m still giving Violet a good workout, but she never complains and is always ready to work….Thank you  Violet!

I finished Satisfied With Summer and did a test ply with Poppies but it didn’t suit my taste and so will remain a single for now.

Satisfied with Summer

Finn Top

Three Waters Farm

I got started on this lovely Rambouillet also from Three Waters Farm……

Summer Palette

Moving on, I totally forgot that I committed to bring something sweet to pottery class this morning and so was up and baking snickerdoodle bread early.  It smells so good!  I think I’ll keep one back for Mr. iknead, sweets for the sweet and all that. 😊💓

Oh, for heaven’s sake, how could I have forgotten to finish this post and publish? Must have been the fumes from the baking Snickerdoodle bread……

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. © Lao Tzu


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Misery, Thy Name is Insomnia


Yeah, the little clock at the top of my screen says 4:24 am and I’m up, sitting at my kitchen table, drinking coffee out of my favorite cup, the one which says “Some days I am a princess, some days I am a warrior (choose wisely).  I think I’m a warrior, probably a very tired one later today.

 

 

 Thank you my sister of the heart, CeCe for the awesome mug!

FYI – I had a birthday last week

 Cece also gifted me a 12x magnifying mirror, which I love btw, I guess she got tired of listening to me fuss about how I can’t see much of anything close up, making any eyebrow maintenance nearly impossible.

My Bangkok Branch sent me beautiful tulips –

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making me wish for spring to hurry on up and get here!  Today’s Bangkok countdown: 25 days until departure!  Mr. Iknead and I are getting antsy…….we’re ready to be be there!!!

Oops!  Almost forgot this.  I want to recommend a book that I just read, The Year of Less, by Caitlin Flanders.

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In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy—only keeping her from meeting her goals—she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year.

The Year of Less documents Cait’s life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.

I find that the older I get, the less is more concept is becoming more and more appealing.

This book is an easy read and provided me with lots of food for thought.  I don’t know if her technique would work as well if she had someone, a spouse or partner, sharing space, but the challenge is intriguing. 🤔

The trick is in what one emphasizes.  We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves happy.  The amount of work is the same.  Carlos Castaneda

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Spinning Sunday #1


Just a little housekeeping…..I have a new website, iknead2knit.net.  Starting this week, that’s where you’ll find me and my blog.  Thanks!

SPUN AND PLIED

This lovely fiber is from Three Waters Farm and was the November 2016 Top of the Month selection, Fall Folderol. It’s 100% wool, organic Polworth Top and spun up like a dream!

Spun and plied –

“I feel pretty! Oh so pretty!” 🙂

WAITING IN THE WINGS

Merry Poppies Colorway

100% Organic Polwarth Top

4 oz.

Three Waters Farm

I plan to get started on this beauty sometime this afternoon….after I finish my treadmill time.  OK, it is what it is and what it is is a bribe. 😉 Whatever works, right?

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. © Confucius

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