Wednesday, September 01, 2010

State of My State

Between demon-
strating at the Nevada County Fair and the long guild meeting in August, I was able to get this lace-weight skein finished and dyed. I only have two gift knitting deadlines left and then I get to start thinking about my next projects. BTW, someone asked where my bolero pattern came from. It was Catwalk 2 by Noro yarns. I was so impressed by the instructions that I'm pretty sure my next sweater will be from that book.

My friend Judi was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer two years ago. I want to give her this scarf in October for breast cancer awareness month, to celebrate her life and that she still has one, though I'm not going to put in those terms. I laid the skein in the dye bath and let it take up color without stirring. I am absolutely thrilled at the watercolor wash effect. The knitted vegetable birthday comes first but I cannot wait to pour my attention on this. It is such a rewarding project.
We seem to be in a season of not-up-to-par. For my Scandin-
avian friends, that's a golfing term for below average. Eddie was clearly in pain last month and was diagnosed with double ear infections. It was discovered at the same time that his liver was functioning poorly and after a month of $$$ treatment, his blood tests yesterday showed improvement. He's feeling pretty smart these days and is back to barking at cars.
And when we took his lordship, Sir Himself, in for his shots - he has to be kenneled this weekend for the gathering- our vet noted that he last weight in at nine pounds and now only weighted seven pounds. She put him on a special diet which includes delicious kitty food - he's loving it. He also has to be pilled twice of day - none of our loving it. He still feels just as entitled as ever. Sammie, our adopted lab is fine and Ian has recovered.

That leaves just one - me. I went to the doc this morning for the infected insect bites I got at the fair last week. The bad news is that it's shingles and the good news is that I got into his office within the 72-hour window for antivirual drugs to be effect. I'm feeling just a little cranky about the whole thing. I have three prescriptions and the imperative to rest, rest, rest. Hmmm, that should be interesting since we have a boat load of guests arriving this weekend. Oh, and I'm contagious so in order to protect my guests, I have to swaddle myself in clothes - in summer.

13 comments:

Alison said...

Oh, please take the 'rest' thing to heart. Five years on, I can say that shingles changed my life - and definitely not for the better. I've even had to change careers because of it. You probably feel (mostly) fine now - but take every excuse to sit still and do little. (Knitting is great...)

Annie said...

Poor you! Please take care of yourself and do rest. Good excuse to sit down, reading books or knitting :-)

Theresa said...

Oh boy, good thoughts heading your way for everyone who is not up to par.

evelynoldroyd said...

Sounds like you are going to have an interesting weekend. Sending good thoughts your way that the meds do their work for you. St. John's Wort oil is good for the itchies (I gave my MIL a bottle when she had shingles and she said it worked) The scarf is beautiful.

Jody said...

Oh dear...I didn't know you could get shingles from a bug bite.
I hope you and your furry friends get well soon.

vlb5757 said...

I am so sorry you have shingles. My oldest son got them in his early 20s and said it was miserable. I happily took his word for it. I am really hoping that you get better quickier and that no one else gets it. Love the lace weight yarn. My spinning is getting smaller but not quite there yet.

Purple Fuzzy mittens said...

:-( Hang in there! See you Saturday, despite your leper status. ;-)

bspinner said...

So sorry to hear about the shingles!!!

Lovely scarf. My daughter and dearest friend both had breast cancer surgery and are doing great. I think I might fellow your lead and make them both a pink scarf to celebrate their lives.

Michelle said...

Oh dear; shingles can be anything from mildly miserable to life-changing, as Alison said. Will pray that it is the former for your sake! I say, sit on the couch and knit, and tell everyone you're contagious. Let them take over the kitchen and wait on themselves; worry about clean-up later.

Leigh said...

I am so sorry about the shingles! Been there done that but would never want to do it again. Mine erupted across my lower back so that I couldn't wear pants or underwear. I'm glad Ian and Eddie are better. I hope Charlie gains back his weight. The magenta yarn is absolutely gorgeous. Such a cheerful color.

Benita said...

I am so sorry to hear that you have shingles. I hope you aren't too uncomfortable - and with company coming, too. Do take it easy if you can. You have the built in excuse to let everyone else clean up after meals - heck, and cook them, too!

Judy said...

Wow, you've had a lot to handle just recently! Take care of yourself and take time to rest.

Lovely scarf, by the way!

Kathy said...

I am so sorry to hear of everyones' foibles, Sharon. I was glad you got in straight away for the shingles. Good on you, girlfriend.
I am sorry to hear Himself has lost weight. Have you tried "Pill Pockets" for pilling him? I used them for Ziggy and he loved them. Made both our lives much easier.