Monday, December 13, 2010

Better Late Than Never

Well, DS finally went home on Thursday and is doing much better.  Thanks to strong antibiotics, his white cell count went down to normal in a little over 24 hours.  The doctors kept him on "nothing by mouth" for several days, then a day on clear liquids and a day on soft foods before cutting him loose.  He'll have to stay on soft foods for a while, gradually adding fiber, and finally on a high-fiber diet for the rest of his life.  He'll have to have his first "butt-o-scope" in about 6 months; given the family history, he needs to keep a watch on that colon.

I'm finished the Ribwarmer and delivered it to Dina for BSD at Westside Wednesday.   Now, I'm working on a "Burberry Inspired Cowl" in GGH Aspen yarn.  The label says turquoise but it's really a very clear blue. 

The label also recommends a size 7 or 8 needle.  I'm using 10s and kind of wish I'd started with 11s.  This yarn is a bulky weight, but very soft thanks to the microfiber blended in with the merino wool.  

The pattern has cable-16 twists on every 12th row.  That's right:  cable-16 twists, meaning you put 8 stitches on the cable needle and move them either behind or in front of the work.  Normally, I cable without a cable needle, but not with this bulky yarn and that many stitches.  The fabric is really soft and cozy feeling, and the folds give it a very luxurious feel.  Andy Rooney had a "spa day" on Sunday, so with his newly-shorn coat, he's been enjoying laying under it while I knit.

Oops, time for Sing Off; got to run!  Gotta go watch my guys do their thing.  Rock on, On The Rocks!


  1. Whoa! Cable-16? I think I'd use a cable needle, too.
    Glad DS is doing better. And that he's got real food in his near future.

  2. High-fiber suggestion for DS. Come on over to Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie and get oat groats. Put a cup of groats, and four cups of water in the crock pot and leave on low overnight. In the morning, you have four cups of oatmeal with texture and character to it. I cut the water to 3 cups and get oatmeal you can chew! And I make double batches, then put the extra in the fridge and microwave a portion every morning.

    The cowl is gorgeous!


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