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TKGA Progress

I re-knit Swatch #2, this time with K1P1 ribbing (previously I had misread the instructions and did K2P2 ribbing– whoops!):

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The back of my stockinette isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t have visible ridges, and I think it’ll even out with blocking:

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I also made Swatch 14, the cabled swatch:

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I think it’s uneven, but it’ll do for now. I probably should have ended after the 4th cable row. Hm. Anyway, this is my first iteration of this swatch. I’m pretty sure I’ll re-do it.

Blue sweater is almost done. I have 11 rows left before grafting the hood together. After that, it’s graft the underarms and cuffs, block and it’s done!

The big yellow shawl

The big yellow shawl I’ve been knitting (and knitting and knitting) is complete. I had originally thought that it was going to be too big, but I didn’t block it as hard as I could have, and it ended up being just a little oversized.

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BTW: If you’re a woman of great stature and want to knit yourself something pretty and lacey but you don’t know how big to make it? Get yourself a 100-gram skein of KnitPicks Bare laceweight, a set of 4’s or 5’s, and knit a repeating-pattern lace triangular shawl until you run out of yarn. Block the shawl, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.

This pattern is the Blue Jeans Lace Leaf shawl, by Spinndiva.

More beautiful pictures after the link/cut!

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Knitting progress and TKGA

I’ve been knitting on some lace this week. This yellow shawl is from the Blue Jeans Shawl pattern, made with KnitPicks bare laceweight merino yarn, which I dyed myself into the “self-striping” pattern you see here:

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Notice the size of the thing. I haven’t blocked it yet, but this shawl is going to be enormous.

I’m also in the Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl Knit-Along, and clue 1 was released last Friday:

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Clue 2 was released this morning. I’m knitting this in light grey alpaca yarn and mixing in various aqua and gray beads. It’s actually quite beautiful, but I think it will need to be finished and blocked before its total loveliness is photographable.

No progress on the sweater this week– I’m running into the weight problem– the project is very heavy to hold on my lap (also, I think it’s putting a strain on my needles). I may switch to a different set of needles before I keep going.

John and I started watching Weeds last night, and in the first three episodes, I’ve seen at least three instances of handknitting! Sooo awesome!

Finally, progress on the TKGA project! I re-did swatch #1 completely. I had previously knitted this swatch, but wove the ends in incorrectly, so I frogged for re-knitting. This photo is before I weave in the ends (or block it):

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The plan is to block the first 3 swatches once I’m done with them (I still need to re-knit swatch #2).

Alladin’s home!

We brought Alladin home this morning. He’s resting comfortably. Even ate a little food this afternoon.

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He is shaved all over– tummy, neck, forepaw, back legs– due to all the IVs, shots, and the ultrasound. But he’s home,and fur grows back.

Alladin is #1!

We got a phone call yesterday just before 6 PM that Alladin’s biopsy results are in. He has hepatic lipidosis, also known as “option #1.”

What this means for our little guy:
1) He has an 80% chance of making a full recovery. There is a possibility that, in the 3 samples they took, none were fully representative and that we still might miss something worse. But given that there are 3 samples… it’s unlikely.
2) He has already started treatment for what he has (started on Tuesday night). It can take several weeks for him to fully recover, but he shouldn’t need to be on a 24-hour IV the whole time.
3) The vet wants to keep him over the weekend to continue the IV.
4) I’m hoping to have him home on Monday. We’ll again be doing sub-cutaneous fluids, and he will almost certainly have a new medication schedule to follow.
5) The biggest way for him to recover is to eat, and since he is actually eating at the vet’s, we’re very hopeful he will continue to do so at home.

The chance of him getting it again is low. The main change to our lifestyle will be reducing his stress. The biggest stress he has is when we move, and it’s unusual for him to eat on moving day. We’re already thinking of strategies to reduce the amount of time we spend moving (moving only 1 day at a time, and moving only after he’s had breakfast are 2 possibilities).

If you read the linked article, you’ll be amazed that the only signs that Alladin was sick were loss of appetite and weight loss in an obese cat. He was otherwise behaving normally, did not vomit, and was only jaundiced after the biopsy.

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