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{ SOMETHINGS BREWING }

Hi Lovelies –

Thus far,the week has been both exciting & tiring! Monday I had the ankle shackle aka yellow submarine cut off. I was quite intrigued as to how exactly they would do this but it seems there is a unique tool (similar to a grinder) that cuts through the cast but { MIRACULOUSLY } does not cut into the skin! I know, right! Anyway, it felt like freedom to finally have the anchor removed. I was then scheduled in yesterday to have the big screw { LITERALLY A FUCKING BIG SCREW} removed. I was told it would be pain-free and while the actual procedure was only mildly irritating, the after effects were horrific so much so that I had to dose it down with some painkillers. Today the dressing was changed & Im doing much better – read only ONE CRUTCH 🙂 I can only hope Ive lived this whole thing in full colour so I remember {NEVER EVER} to toboggan again. EVER!

Anyway, back to the reason I have this blog before I bore you all to death with my handicap –

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Ive cut out a new project & its ready for sewing. Im just preparing the bias tape first & then I”ll get going on the construction. Im trying something new – jeez I hope it works.

Fushia bright & screamin’ summer. Should be finished in a day or two…promise to review & post pics.

Hope you are all well. x

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{ SIZZLE TO SPRING }

Hey lovelies –

No sooner had I completed Smoulder, I decided to start on Sizzle 🙂 As you know, I was very tempted to purchase the Enchanted book however I decided to wait on this because its quite pricey for only a handful of patterns that I really like or could actually attempt due to my skill level.

Sizzle_KimHargreavesAnyway, Ive gone with the classic white as shown in the Whisper book. I was { VERY } tempted to go red, I just couldnt find the perfect red yarn so I resorted to the very close second. White looks so pure & clean – perfect for spring teamed with some pastels or brights.

Cast on last week & completed the ribbed band but was a tad confused as to how the pattern was meant to start as the pattern was mentioning WS, RS but WS is RS – oh boy, I just started & then after 20 or so rows, realised something was wrong so had to frog back down to the ribbed band & start again only to have more problems & had to frog back twice more. I still dont think Im knitting it the correct way, especially when I compare mine to the other Ravelry members but I actually prefer the RS to show the KNIT instead of the PURL so Im just going to continue this way, complete the front & then decide on whether I scrap it or resume.

Now that Im settled on the knit vs purl RS facing, I am enjoying the stitch especially the {YRN2} and {YRN3} producing the lovely ladder effect. Clever!

So, thats where I am at the moment on this…

Thanks for stopping by x

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{ PATTERN HAUL } NewLook

Hey Look – My NewLook patterns have just arrived! {YAY}

Purchased them on sale recently, in fact, its the {ONLY} time I ever purchase patterns – on sale I mean.

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NL6051 which is a great cover-all for hot summer beachy days

NL6003 is a skirt pattern with some lovely frilly variations

NL6100 is the shorts pattern I mentioned I wanted as a NY reso here

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NL6968 is 4 dress variations

NL6148 is some top variations. I particularly like the middle left with the “v” inset which Id like to attempt in a lace or netting & no sleeves – could be lovely

NL6067 is again a dress but I love the “V” tucks to the centre & I have a piece of fabric just waiting to be made up to this.

Last week I was sorting some of my stash & trying to decide what to make next. I know, I still have that V8550 hanging on Poppy – for some reason, Im just not that into it anymore. I know I have to push to get through it but I think I could take my mind off it for a while too – its going slow & I need some more instant gratification.

{ in other news }

I am into the last week with this {ANKLE SHACKLE}. Its been 5 extremely long weeks wearing this cast & Ive never been more ready to shed this bind. The last week I have been able to move around without crutches however I think I overdid things a little & now it feels like the cast has rubbed an area raw so its burning & Ive had to retreat back to the couch! I am in no way fooling myself to think that once the shackle has been removed I will be back to 100% normal. Firstly, drs will need to remove the large pin so I can get movement back & I realise I will need to go for physio & still use the crutch for weeks before returning to any sense of normality. I just want this thing off so I can de-scale & wash my leg & foot. The amount of nastiness going on under the yellow submarine makes the rest of my body quake. {YUK} 🙂

& on that fun note – I bid you a wonderful Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by x

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{Knitting alert}

I have almost completed the knitting up of the Smoulder pulli I mentioned in the last post. Coming to the end of any project gets you thinking about the next project. I know I have quite a few projects on the go at the moment, some of which I can get back into, some I cannot until my ankle is feeling a tad bit better.

For starters, I still have the leather handbag I started a few weeks ago but had some difficulty with the stitching. I emailed Husqvarna all the details they asked me for in order to help but I have not heard a peep from them since. I will have to remind them I am waiting….{PATIENTLY}. You can visit the leather handbag post here should you need to catch up.

I am also aware of the V8550 in the works….but this project I know needs special care & long hours so I will need to give it a few more days until my foot can cope with the strain.

So, back to knitting & selection of my next project :

I really love the Kim Hargreaves patterns. There is something so ethereal about the Whisper book so I think I might just pick another. Ive got my eye on the following :

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KH_whisper_Sizzle_2

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The first design is the {BIANCA} which is a lovely ribbed pulli with amazing cowl neckline and 3/4 sleeves. Yum. The second design is the {SIZZLE} with a clever stitch to give a great effect. I would have to do test swatches of both of these stitches before I attempt the actual project because Ive never knitted anything quite so adventurous before. I love them both in white {SURPRISE SURPRISE} but I would be open to making Sizzle in red too. What do you think ?

Anyway, I do hope that by the middle to end of this week I will be a little more mobile & able to withstand a few hours at a time with my foot down. Even with the new cast, as soon as I let my foot down the blood rushes down & it feels tight & still swells some. Every day is better than the day before so it really is a patience game. Moving around on the {STICKS} was hard at first & Ive realised I have much better balancing skills than I thought :-). On the up side, sleeping has become easier too which helps alot. Ive read the majority of recovery happens in the night between approximately 12 and 4am. I wonder how how much truth there is to that!?

Ok lovelies, its time to love & leave ya. In a few days I will have a great review on a sewing DVD so be sure to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by x

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{AWOL no more}

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Today has been a very good day – I have my new cast. {BIG GRIN}. A “sports” cast as they call it, all mellow yellow of it. I had the choice of dark blue, light blue, purple, green or yellow. I should have gone with the 2013 colour of the year….thereby ticking that box for the remainder of the year but alas, I went for the colour that makes me happiest of the bunch & besides, this was the only colour I thought I could live with for 5-6 weeks. These sport casts are as solid as the plaster casts but weigh much less so it was a no-brainer to be honest. It is also full weight bearing so I can move around easier albeit still with the help of the {STICKS} for now.  I removed the hideous “shoe” that straps onto this cast because believe me, you dont want to see it. A combination of grandpa shoe & more velcro you have not seen.promise!

This means, more sewing to come….{YAY}…as you know I still have V8550 to defeat.

Thank you for all the well wishes. I didnt want my {CRAFT} blog to suddenly feel like an {ACHES & PAINS} blog but you know….shit happens & you gotta roll with the punches.

x

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{AWOL update}

Happy Monday readers –

I thought I would update you all on how my recovery is going. Well, its going!! Ive had good days and bad {REALLY BAD} days but as each day passes I feel like its one day closer to full recovery. 

I should have received my new cast last week Thursday however the doctors were not satisfied with how my foot looked. It was still quite swollen so they therefore said I should wait a few days more & sent me home. Uuurgh.

So Im trying again tomorrow & hopefully the swelling is down sufficiently enough to take the new cast. Swelling is a strange thing to be honest. Ive done what theyve asked me to do – kept my leg up above heart level, iced packed it & stayed off my feet completely but as soon as I do need to move to the washroom, {BANG} the swelling is back in an instant. Its a difficult thing to control & I certainly do not want swelling going on in the new cast. 

If this time is teaching me anything, its how to be more patient. Its also reminded me to never take my body for granted. I know these are all cliches that we hear all the time but honestly, I would give anything to be more mobile right now. I hate sitting around doing nothing & I hate relying on the hubster to do things for me. Its also made me realise how OCD I am which is something I dont really like about myself but thats just how I am. I like things to be clean all the time, I like my towels to hang a certain way  etc etc etc. Im now having to practice patience & just let it be. Yip, lessons in life!!

Wish me luck for tomorrow as I’ll probably need it. 

Thanks for stopping by & I hope you are all creating some beautiful things in my absence.

x