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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My Poor Boring Life...

I know I haven't posted in a while. Been busy attempting to get things knitted and crocheted to sell and haven't had a lot of luck on the selling part. I've been donating things and giving them to neighbors more than selling.
I  made some little girl socks and ended up running them on ebay 3 times before giving them to our neighbors as a thank you for helping me with my garden.

I made these socks and gave them to the local thrift shop that gives its proceeds to a battered women's shelter
Then I made this kitchen set, but didn't even attempt to sell it. It went to our other neighbor that brought over bar-b-que for Easter, as a thank you.
Oh well. At least they went to good use and I really enjoyed the knitting and crocheting.

My latest issues with fibro have been all about headaches. I cut out all caffine in the last couple months and I'm really having issues with the headaches and the fibro fog. I'm going to have to start job hunting to make ends meet and I'm concerned how it will play out. My disability check isn't stretching the entire month and I've had to ask for help for groceries so I need to do something to bring in more income. I finally asked for help at church and am talking to a lady in charge of employment. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can get a good part time job I can do with my disabilities and take care of the financial issue on my own.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Knitting and crocheting away this month

Figure I should do an update since I haven't written on my blog for a while. John and I are doing fine after Randy passed in January. I've been plugging away at the to do list and have everything in my name and have managed all the red tape issues that go with having your husband pass away. His memorial is next week.

As far as my fibro goes, I had a couple flares in the last three months, but I'm doing better now. Funny how I can stress a part of my body and not feel anything until later that day or the next, and then it takes weeks to recover. My survival, right now, depends on me being able to walk everywhere and be alert when I'm reading and filling out forms, so having an ankle go out or my knees just isn't acceptable. I stressed my arm on the day that Randy went to the convalescent hospital by trying to straighten him on the gurney when the medical transport guys wouldn't do it, and I wasn't able to reach over my head with my arm for days afterwords. Made getting food out of the cupboard really interesting. It doesn't help that my medical care right now is pretty etchy. I was changed from SSI to Survivor benefits (disabled widow) and that changed me from medicaid to medicare. Now I have a deductible and have to buy my own prescriptions.  Not easy when you make as little as I do.

My knitting and crocheting are coming along. I have been trying to sell it on ebay and ebid, but haven't been real successful. Right now I have several things I'm trying to sell
 I attempted to sell my doily, but if I'd have continued, it would have sold for less than what I spent on the thread so I canceled the sale
 These didn't sell either and I ended up donating them to a thrift shop in town that uses what they made from selling things to help out victims of domestic violence.
 I gave this bag to the thrift shop as well.
 As well as this doily
 This bag is still on e-bay, but it doesn't look promising. I've ran it three times and nothing so far.
This is the only item that I made that has a bid on it. Hopefully it will get more before the auction is done.

I'm having a lot of hand pain (my knuckle in my left thumb keeps stiffening up), but I keep pressing on. Right now I'm working on a throw rug made from plarn and the thrift shop gave me a ton of fabric to use to make throw rugs to donate so I need to get to work on them.

I got this book in the mail from It has some great ideas on how to knit using items you find around your home instead of yarn. "Rags to Riches-Ideas to Inspire the Thrifty Knitter" by Mary-Jane Holmes. Looks like some great ideas in it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Are knitting and jogging in the same catagory?

I found this interesting article while I was browsing the internet tonight.

It all has to do with neurotransmitters. We trigger the same chemicals in our brains that people who run do. I know that when I'm in a room with no distractions and I'm knitting, I get into a kind of buzz where I'm just relaxed and knitting like crazy.

My favorite line in the article is: "One caveat? Don’t try to do both simultaneously. It’s difficult (and potentially dangerous) to operate an elliptical machine while knitting!" I seriously considered knitting while walking on the treadmill, but thought better of it while looking at my pointy needles and just read knitting books instead. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I spent Valentine's day knitting. LOL Guess that shows how my love life is going... I made a child sized hat and hope to make some mittens and a scarf to match.
 The best thing about knitting hats is how fast they work up. I made this one in a day. 
It wasn't such a bad day after all. I was a little down that my Valentine isn't here this year but the kids knew how to cheer me up. Chelle sent me some flowers; yellow roses. They have special meaning to me since Randy sent me some yellow roses when I had Michelle. He was stationed in Texas at the time and thought he should give me yellow roses from Texas. Here is my Valentine roses:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sleep Issues and Sleeping

So, here's the latest issue with knitting while dealing with fibro. I can't stay awake. I have had to depend on coffee and soda with caffeine in order to do so and now that I'm trying to cut it out, I fall asleep at my desk while I knit. This is taking a huge toll on how fast I knit. So far, the only thing I've found to improve my energy level is to take naps. My production speed is way compromised by my fibro while I try to make items to sell. The last pair of socks, which should have taken about 2 to 3 days took over a week instead. 
They turned out nice, but, Wow, did they take a long time. I hope that eventually I can get past the headaches and sleepiness with time.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Textured socks

I started this pair of socks the day before yesterday and just finished the first sock today. This was one of those socks where I stared at the yarn and thought, "I really don't want to do another fair Isle style sock or a stockinette only sock that's solid colored." So I looked online at my favorite site that shows different stitch patterns, picked out a likely candidate and used my normal, memorized, pattern to make a textured, soft purple sock. Unfortunately, my phone camera sucks so just pretend that this blue sock is purple.

Now on to get the mate done. Hopefully I can do the second sock a little faster and not fall asleep while I'm knitting (stupid fibro fog!).

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Excited about Knitting again!

All it takes for me is to make a trip to a craft store. That's how easy I am regarding yarn and knitting! I spend the day at my friend, Dianna's house. She asked me to come over after asking me if I would like to go into a craft business together.

It was a great day. We put details on paper and chose what we would like to make, where we want to sell, and made a list of materials we need. I'm going to knit hats, gloves, and socks as well as baby cloths and kitchen items. I'm also going to do a little crocheting, especially Christmas designs and small doilies that she can use with the cards and hair clips that she wants to make. I'm really excited about getting back to work on this after taking so much time away from my plans for taking care of Randy. 

We're going to look into selling at flea markets, craft fairs, and online on e-bay. Dianna also has a friend back east that is offering to find places in her area to sell the things we make. 

Then we did what any respectable knitter would do on such an occasion. We went yarn shopping. I got some nice cotton yarn to use for the kitchen sets I'm going to make. I'm really pleased and ready to start. This is what is going to really tell if John and I can survive on our own in our little place.

Yarn that I plan to use to make a dishcloth for the kitchen set I'm making to sell.