Friday, December 21, 2012

As The World STILL Turns

It's the end of the world as we know it.... oh wait a minute, no it's not!  HA!  But it is the end of the week... how did that happen so fast?  The past week or two have been quite a blur for me with everything going on, so please excuse the lack of reviews being posted.  Rest assured, I have some fabulous items to tell you about soon... both knitting/craft and dog related! 

Lola Update: You may have caught the drive by update on Tuesday when we were doing the happy dance.  At that time we were waiting on the dye stain test to determine if it was sterile pyrogranuloma, and planning to start prednisone treatment on Thursday.  Our vet ended up deciding to wait to get those results back before starting the prednisone, so we waited... Until she called this morning to say the lab results were on her desk and she had a call into them because they were written rather confusingly.  They reported no bacterial organisms, but asked for culture samples - which our vet is a bit baffled over since none of Lola's lumps are oozing and they had 3 full nodules, plus 2 punch samples.  They also wouldn't seem to rule out anything in their report.  We realize what Lola has is quite rare, but it's a little frustrating (to both the vet and I).  So, now we wait again before starting the prednisone (which could make Lola quite sick if it's not what the vet assumes it is and she doesn't want us to run into that over Christmas while the office is closed). The good thing is that one of our vet's own dogs has sterile pyrogranuloma, so she is quite knowledgeable about it.  Now if we can just get the lab to clarify their findings. 

Now, for some Fiber Arts Friday content.  Look at that, two weeks in a row and this week I even have finished objects!  Woot!  Now I certainly didn't get all of the planned Christmas knitting done, but I did manage a few things for some great friends...

A Misti Chunky Ribs & Ruffles Scarf for a dear friend who requested (a bit last minute, I might add!) a "grey or black scarf - not wool" for Christmas.  Upon clarification of the "not wool," it was that she didn't like "itchy." OK, well since this knitter does not make scarves with itchy wool, I knew we were good to go and I sprung into action with my favorite chunky scarf pattern and a skein of Catalina Baby Alpaca.  Don't you love when you just happen to have a yarn in your stash that matches what the recipient asked for?  The baby alpaca is uber soft and the grey color is actually darker than it appears on my screen.  I simply adore this cute scarf and with it's simple 2 row repeat, it's an easy one to work on while watching TV, in the car, etc...

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I included a Starbucks gift card with the above scarf and knew I had to cast on a Gift Card-igan as soon as I saw the adorable pattern.  I will definitely be making more of these... a super quick knit that results in a pretty little cozy for a gift card.  I love that the recipient can then repurpose it to hold cards in her bag or even use it as a business card holder.  Not to mention you can make one with all those worsted scraps of yarn we all have lying around.  This one was actually made with some leftover kitchen cotton (see the next gift below)...

#giftcardholder complete! #Christmas #knitting #crafting #handmade #knit #knitstagram #quickknit

I had actually planned to knit a tun of cloths this year... dish and face (not that they aren't interchangeable, but you get the picture).  I had planned to do sets for a few friends and family members.... I managed to get this one Coffee Cup done and shipped off.
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I plan to work on those cloths in the coming months and have gifts ready to go for birthdays and other holidays... or at least, for next Christmas! 

So in the spirit of the hurry-up-and-rush-rush-rush season upon us, I'll leave you with these words... 

#Christmas #crazytime #gifts #wrapping #fun

6 comments:

Marjie said...

I posted about my power outage at 1AM last night. Happily, the world did not end. Hope Lola's further testing comes out fine.

Cotton said...

BOL, I knew it just couldn't end before, Christmas and my birfday
Cotton

Drama Queens Mum (Kimberly) said...

Love that scarf.

jen said...

I've never heard of this disease that Lola has! Oh, I'm going to have to read up on it!

Molly The Wally said...

The scarf looks lovely. That sign just sums up our day today. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

SissySees said...

Sorry about the inconclusive test results. Paws crossed!

Love the knits. No knitting here, and in fact, not so much wrapping either... yet.