Saturday, January 14, 2017

Spiralis Hat

Hi all!

It's been a pretty dreary day here in Maryland. Sleet and freezing rain has kept me inside all day. But with that time, I was finally able to write up my first original knitted hat pattern. It won 1st place at the Maryland State Fair in the original design category in 2016. The judges there liked it. Now the pattern is written up and available for the world to make! 


(I know I look a little angry in the first photo, but it's the best one I have of me wearing the hat.)

You can find the pattern here or here





Cheers!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

687


 I'm going to be brief. I've already worked almost 30 hours this week and it's only Wednesday. But thus is the life sometimes of a QC chemist.

I missed posting the donation of three scrap yarn hats in April (probably because I had just moved back to Maryland or was days away from moving).

Here are the pics of the three hats from April and seven items donated in December 2016:


Items:
-4 hats
-1 earwarmer
-2 knitted cowls (both scrap yarn)

Cheers!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

677


Hi, all. I just accepted a job in Maryland so I will be moving back very soon. In the meantime, I'm trying to whittle down my yarn stash so that I have less to ship back. This turns into hats and mittens and donations to Jee Jee at ARC. Here are the latest:

Donated items:
-16 hats
-2 knitted hats

-2 pairs of adult mittens

-1 pair of child's mittens

Those of you who are mathematically inclined may have noticed that I donated 21 items above but my total increased by 22. The extra item was a hat that I gave to a woman I met at a knitting group in Columbia, MD. She makes and collects handmade hats for children at a local elementary school. One less cold head.

Cheers!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Second Knee Surgery

Today I had the second knee surgery for the ACL injury from last June. Over the last seven months, physical therapy has been trying to get the range of motion back into my leg. In the last three months, there has been no change. I couldn't straighten the knee all the way or bend it all the way. It hurt to stand (to the point where I would lean on the other leg most of the time) and it hurt to walk, every step.

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Today my surgeon went back into the knee and removed scar tissue adhesions that had developed including one called a cyclops lesion. Now, I'm my surgeon's second patient ever to develop one after an ACL reconstruction.

In the meantime, I resigned from job in Texas. I was missing home too much. I'm going to move back to Maryland in the coming weeks.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

655

So busy. Can't stay long. Today I sent off six more items for ARC, bringing the total number of items donated to 655. And in other news, I just made my 308th loan on Kiva.org.




Donated items:
-4 hats
-1 cowl
-1 pair of mittens







Speaking of Kiva.org, I'd like to promote the organization a little. Watch the short video below. If you like it and want to loan on Kiva, use this link to sign up and start loaning to people around the world.


Cheers!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

649

Things are just now starting to get back to normal. Almost two months ago I had knee surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL. During in initial recovery period, I was able to send out a few things to ARC. Here they are. There will be another shipment soon. Right now, I prefer to send Jee Jee a few things in a smaller box more often over sending a lot of items in a large box a few times a year. And the next box is almost full.

Items:
-1 pair of mittens
-1 dog sweater
-1 scrap yarn scarf
-5 knitted (yes, knitted) hats

In addition to sending these items to Jee Jee, I also crocheted a mammoth and a plesiosaur for the silent auction at this year's SVP meeting in Dallas. Hopefully, they'll bring in a lot of money for SVP's educational fund. *fingers crossed*

Monday, June 15, 2015

641


 I'm finally getting around to writing this up, now that I injured my knee and can really only sit and hobble-walk.

This is actually a post for the second shipment of yarn items to ARC for the year. I missed the post for the first one (took the total to 630) so I'm just going to combine the two into this post.

Items:
-16 hats
-1 earwarmer
-3 pairs of mittens
-5 scarves/cowls
-2 knitted hats


Fun fact: The number of child/teen/adult hats and the number of scarves/cowls I've crocheted and donated now equal each other at 142 each.

Cheers!