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Monday, January 19, 2015

Blog instead of Podcast - With Explanation and Updates

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        Sorry, I know I promised a podcast every two weeks, but I ended up being in a lot of pain Saturday through today thanks to my jaw. I suffer from TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and it causes a lot of pain. On Saturday, I thought it was my ear and a possible infection but it resolved into focusing on tightening up my jaw pretty good, so I realized what it was. 

      For those of you that suffer from it very often, I'm sorry, I've been lucky enough that it only flairs up once or twice a year. And I am pretty sure that this flare-up has to do with me grinding my teeth in bed the past few weeks over my new job haha. A little more stressful than being home knitting and taking care of my daughters.

Project Update:
     Anywho, the Autumn's End Sweater is coming along and I especially wanted to pass on some FANTASTIC advice I received this past week, in terms of inches on the sweater. As you may know, the yarn I'm using for this sweater is from knitpicks.com and is called Andean Treasure, 100% baby alpaca.

   I adore alpaca and find it to be the warmest fiber for me to wear in my North Eastern location. Seriously, as comfy and warm as a sweater I've had. And Zibelineknits from ravelry sent me a message that I'm utterly grateful towards!! 

            "....as a dyer and knitter of alpaca, I have to say this before there’s a catastrophe: alpaca has ZERO elasticity. ZERO. So when you get that sweater wet, it is going to stretch in ways that won’t spring back when dry if you aren’t careful." 

"Just make sure you measure like crazy to make sure that you have exactly the dimensions that you want in all the right places before leaving it to dry flat, and it should come out alright."

           I did make sure to get permission from Zibelineknits to add her comments to my blog because I am every so grateful for them. They were helpful and insightful!

          That being said, I am almost done with the second sleeve, so will be finishing up the body and joining the sleeves to the body to finish up the sweaters. I am very excited. Another alpaca sweater! 

Yarn Eye-Candy:

       These skeins came from Celestial Strings last week, the orange with yellow splashes is the dk yarn I will be using to make the Wrapped In Leaves shawl at the end of the book. The other is Twinkle Toes in Unicorn Farts colorway (seriously haha). This shawl will be up for one of three giveaways that I will do once I finish knitting my way through the book. 

 Other Thoughts:
        I am sorry that I couldn't do the podcast but the pain is so bad it's hard to talk sometimes. The only thing I can take to relieve the pain is advil so I'm doing my best. 

      Finally, earlier today I had two visitors at my door claiming to be from a non-profit company meant to help us save on our national grid bill. All they needed to do was see our national grid bills. I had remembered hearing something about a scam of this sort, but wasn't sure where it was from. First of all, you do not ever have to give anyone your bill, and second of all, do not let strangers in your home.  I called the police soon after they left and they were picked up. They were very rude and said they would be back, so I made sure the local village police number is in my new cell.

Book Series Obsession:
    Now normally I am not a huge fan of mysteries. I have been known to jump to the end of the book just because I need to know. Seriously. But lately I've been reading Terri Reid's "Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery Series" and I'm in heaven. The gist of it is that Mary O'Reilly is a former Chicago cop, now a Private Investigator, whose main job is helping ghosts solve their murders so that they can pass on. These ghosts are not usually that scary but often really sad. I can read these at night without getting freaked out. So check them out!! There is a lot of them :D. 

Wrapping it Up:
    Do not forget to go to the ravelry group and join the giveaway that goes until January 30th. Let me know if you ever have suggestions on what I talk about. Keep yourself safe and content. Stay warm!