Life without Television

Our television went on the fritz while I was in Jacksonville. Now, that is not a huge traumatic event in my little household as we really don't watch that much tv, at least not "series" watching. The only things we continually watch (record, actually because we never watch anything live) is Masterpiece Theatre on public tv, House, M.D. on Fox, Burn Notice on USA and I like to watch The Office on NBC. In addition to these series, we will watch quite a bit on TCM because we like those old movies.

These past two weeks have reminded me of the years when DH was in school. Instead of studying for a test, we would play chess or chinese checkers or something similar. We didn't have a tv when he was in school either, so this has been quite reminiscent. We have spent quite a bit of time together, actually eating dinner at the dinner table, playing Mastermind and Colorku (a colored marble version of Sudoku), lots of fun.

What I have come to realize is that I have not been getting much knitting done. So I guess I do most of my knitting while we sit on the couch watching tv. So if I'm not watching tv, I guess I don't knit much. Now there will be times when I would sit on the couch listening to a book on my mp3 player, but that was in lieu of watching tv. Now that there has not been one, we've been spending more time together. It has been great!! All that to say, the fall season is ready to start and we decided it was time to get serious about buying a tv. We have decided on the Samsung 58" Plasma. It sounds big, but we are dropping down from a 64" Sony behemoth. At least the Samsung is flat screen. I assume we'll have it in the next week or two and maybe then I can get back to some serious knitting.

I have been updating Ravelry with some stash photos. My internet line is not conducive to uploading photos on Ravelry so I will probaby not continue that endeavor. I will continue just to keep stash photos on my hard drive and my stash list in Excel. I am almost done with the Capelet in Nashua Handknits though, it will be very nice. Photos will come later.

I have been thinking of holiday knitting. I'd like to make a few things but I'm not sure for whom at the moment. On to my planner so I can think this through.

à toute à l'heure!

Labor Day weekend and knitting stuff

I've taken a 2 month hiatus from blogging but I have been doing some knitting. Also, some knitsibs and I went on a knitting retreat at The Cabin again and I took a little 3 day trip to Jacksonville over Labor Day weekend to visit family.

Had some good beach time on Saturday morning, temp was great, the water looked beautiful. It was a little rough, especially on my knees, but the water felt great. Here are a few pics:

Now on to some knitting:
This is my version of the Kicking Bag that I mentioned in a previous post. The concept is a blanket that you can put around the baby while she's napping and as her legs kick, the blanket doesn't come off. This one is knit in Sirdar's Baby Bamboo and knit in the round. The ribbing is done in the mock cable stitch and it's nice and stretchy.

I've also started the 10-Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown. The beginning of the pattern is a little fiddly but once you get past the first few corners, it's a joy to work. You only have 10 stitches on your needles at any time so you never have to worry about that "let me finish one more row".
I'm working this in Mini-Mochi in pastel colors to make a napping size baby blanket, not a full size crib blanket. Knitting with US 4's.

I'm also working on a 10-stitch blanket for me, probably something for the couch or recliner. Also done in Mini Mochi with a red/fuschia/purple base. It didn't photograph well because of the red, but you get the idea.

I purchased some wonderful Lisa Souza silk at Stitches South and have been wondering what to make with it. I decided on the Feather and Fan scarf. It's knit with a multiple of 18 + 4 for the garter edging. I'm knitting on US Size 8.

I forgot to put the ruler in the picture but the width of the scarf is 6 1/2 inches. It feels glorious to the touch!

I've also started a Capelet knit with a gorgeous red Nashua Handknits. Since red doesn't photograph well, I didn't take a picture of it. Maybe after it's complete, I'll try it.
On a personal note, for the past 4-5 years, I have had severe pains in both knees. I finally went to an orthopedist a couple of weeks ago and xrays revealed that I had absolutely no cartilage left in either knee. The ortho referred me to a joint replacement specialist. Before I left the ortho, he gave me a cortisone shot in each knee. After the shot, the knee pain was virtually gone, I had no idea it would be that great. The joint replacement specialist said I have severe osteoarthritis. My options are surgery or manage the pain. He recommended that I wait as long as possible for surgery, so I have decided to wait and to manage the pain with cortisone shots and Aleve. I can still feel the benefits of the original cortisone shots but it's not as good as it was, so I will definitely be monitoring it.
It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I'm going to go outside and enjoy it, so à toute à l'heure!