Thursday, February 22, 2007

Feelin' The Love

Actually, not so much with this... Only feeling a sharp "ow!" everytime I use it. Guess I'm going to have to get used to it. I'm monitoring my blood glucose now, trying to find that happy place where it doesn't dip too low (causing hypoglycemia), or too high causing me to feel very sluggish in a different sort of way. I'm not sure how to quite describe it, but it's not pleasant. So, I take it day by day, learning what foods and food combinations work best for me. Whatever it takes to avoid going on medication.

So. Virtual Yarns. OK, if I had to decide right this minute, I would go for "Rona". I just love the traditional Fair Isle look, and the colours are beautiful. But have you seen the new colourway for Rheingold?! Pullover AND Wrap available. Just sayin'.

Thanks for all the compliments on Arangenser. Brenda and DeeAnn asked where the design came from. It's from the very lovely "Norsk Strikkedesign" book. The picture in the book is done in a dark colour, so it's a bit difficult to see the finished sweater. But trust me, it's a joy to knit. I absolutely love the fact that the designer chose to give you a row by row chart, such as you would get in Fair Isle or Stranded work. It takes all the guess work out of "what comes next". It is not as challenging as a Starmore cable project, but I find that Norwegian patterns are unique and so beautiful, that I would not place any of them in the same "category" as Alice and Jade's designs. The styles are uniquely Norwegian - although the methods used may be "Aran" or "Fair Isle" or "Stranded", Norwegian work adds a little bit of extra boldness to the finished design. I have a few more in my stash... Um, that's a completely different post... By the way, another beautiful book of Norwegian designs is "Poetry in Stitches", where the much maligned Dalarna is from. I will finish the sleeve, I just need to be in the right frame of mind and not run through it so quickly I end making yet another goof-up.

Oh, and Delores! The other project I am feeling a LOT of love for -

I LOVE this pattern. It's not the best of pictures, but you get the idea. Again - I'm so pleased at how this is working out.

And finally - A cheesecake photo, especially for Atticus' Auntie Lorraine.


Chris said...

Work it, Atticus, work it!!

Ouch - well, at least you can do your own monitoring, right?! It would be a drag to have to go somewhere... Is that some Kureyon by the monitor?

Brenda said...

My friend Elsie knits and has to also monitor her blood sugar, and she found that it didn't get in the way of her knitting. I hope you get your diet all straightened around so you feel good.

Thanks for reading my blog! You have Sea Wool, I am sooo envious. I've heard of it, but I haven't seen or touched it yet. Have you thought of what you are going to knit with it?

Atticus is such an obliging blog kitty!

Marina said...

Aww! When our cat does things like that, it usually means he wants something ;-)

It must be difficult finding a balance between everything you have but I'm sure, you'll get there.

Tracey said...

I love Rona too! It's gorgeous!
Sorry about the ouchies.
Now pout Atticus, the camera loves the kitty pout.

Lorraine said...

Oh Bridge- That picture made me smile. He is such a handsome boy.

I hope the diabetes can be controlled through diet- just a matter of seeing what works.
As long as you can knit, it's all good.
Delores looks amazing.

Cynthia said...

My mom has been living with diabetes for 45 years. If you can control everything with diet, that would be great! Sorry you're having to go through it.

Carrie K said...

Cheesecake! My favorite!

I've got a pattern I'd love to knit out of the N--- St--- book but I'd have to reshape it. Piece of cake, I'm sure.

My Dad's been doing glucose testing since January and he's been pretty good at it, for a man who CANNOT stand pain. He's also losing weight, the pill.

Rheingold and Rona! It's so alliterative.

Dipsy said...

Has there ever been a cuter cat than Atticus? Nah, I don't think so ;)
Ahh, Dalarna - I've only now realized that Dalarna is the name of a Swedish province (or state? Or so...) - actually the one where my fave hockey player plays for a small town there... Oy, I digress... Anyhoo, this pattern never ceases to amaze me! ;)
All the best to you!

Lorraine said...

Bridge- That's it- pack his little kitty suitcase. Atticus is coming home with me.

Better get the larger cat carrier!