Friday, July 27, 2007


I'm doing some navel-gazing over on the Twistedspinster Research Blog on Library Outreach, charity knitting, and how I can come up with a proposal to meld all this at work. Go look if you're interested, or have input!

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

New IK is announced!

OK, so it's not actually out yet, but the Interweave Knits Fall '07 issue has been announced on Knit Daily. I'm really liking quite a few of these patterns, especially the one on the cover.

And I thought I'd share a little tool I use to see if a pattern might look good on an ample like me. I copy/paste the picture into Word or Excel, then grab the side margin and stretch it. Here's a screenshot:

See what I mean? The cover sweater still looks ok when stretched, even in the back view. (Way to go, IK!) The shorty cardigan, not so much good for amples. But I have to admit that the orangey pullover doesn't look as bad as I thought... probably because her tummy doesn't protrude as much as mine in that same pose!

Proposed name for yarn store...

I get in a silly mood sometimes (wipe that faux look of disbelief OFF your face!!), it's when I'm the most creative.

So, for your amusement, here's a good name for a yarn store or group...

R We Yarn or R We Knot?

hey, I like being silly!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sock update!

Tonight's Wednesday, and still nothing from the doctor on the mammogram. No news is good news, right?

In the mean time, here's the latest on the socks... I decided to do some art shots. Which one do you like?

Beautiful Socks
Originally uploaded by OriginalTwistedSpinster

YinYang Pose
Originally uploaded by

The YinYang pose played better in my head.

I'll leave you with this thought -- if I do have to have a mastectomy, should I change my name to Eileen? (I... lean... get it?)

(grinning, ducking and running!)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Knit on, next crisis...

I got a callback on the mammogram, for "special views and sonogram". You know, I call myself Frankenboobs because I've been through this many, many times, and have had several fibroadenomas removed. But it's never hurt this bad to get squeezed.

Which I keep telling myself is a *good* thing, because cancer hardly ever hurts.

But I asked to look at the films, which made the technician nervous... which is understandable because they are prohibited from doing or saying anything about the test to the patient. I told her I know about all that... and then I saw this little jagged black spot. I said, "That looks like something I need to stay on top of." To which she replied "Yes, you should do that."

OK then.

First, I went and bought a Jamba Juice. Mango a Go-Go, with a fiber boost, and an added Immunity Boost.

Then, I went and bought yarn. This is only because the Jamba Juice was closer than the yarn store.

By the time I got back on the freeway, I had my attitudes in order. By God, I come from a long line of women with one headlight, and I ain't gonna freak now. Translation: both grandmothers and my mother have had a mastectomy. I had my first tumor removed at 18. I've been expecting breast cancer for a long time, and have been vigilant in preventative measures. My foremothers went on to live a long happy life, and I intend to follow that example.

Don't know if this is cancer yet, but I'm not gonna freak.

And if you're gonna wave sharp pointy sticks for me, in the Sheep Thrills tradition, I'll ask for you to stand behind me and give me a jab when I waver. I don't want sympathy, I want cheerleaders!!