Thursday, June 28, 2012

Is it a rug, or a scarf?

IMG_4326 by kbshee
IMG_4326, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Well, right now, it is an unblocked scarf. So I have to block it and make it a bit longer and then I think it will be more scarf like.

I hope.

I really love entrelac--I love knitting entrelac and think it looks cool in a scarf or wrap but wouldn't wear a sweater or a skirt, as it would be a bit much.

I did this scarf with Noro, and out of three skeins I only had one knot! So that's a pretty big Noro accomplishment.

Monday, June 25, 2012

And the knitting

IMG_4321 by kbshee
IMG_4321, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

We're still trying to figure out our lives without Juneau, and we miss her so much. I think it was the rapid decline that is throwing us off so much. We've had Pilot out for good, long walks which he loves, and also we're letting him 'meet' other dogs (Juneau was not really a big fan of other dogs). He's learning how to be a little gentleman. Sorta.

I have been knitting, and the entrelac scarf is progressing well--it is probably about double this size now.

I've been contemplating summer knitting and have three sweaters planned, more on that tomorrow.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Goodbye to my Sweet Girl

Juneau left us yesterday. On Tuesday, the vets said that she probably had a few good days left. We had a nice walk on Wednesday morning and her appetite was good. On Wednesday afternoon, she seemed to be getting weaker before our eyes. Our evening walk about 200 feet and her legs were very shaky.Yesterday morning she ate a bit, but by noon she couldn't even stand up. So we gently carried her to our Vet, who found a quiet place outside to tell her goodbye. We were cautioned that when she starting going downhill, it could be very fast. And it was. We're grateful she felt great up until her last day, and that we could be with her to the end. She is a documented miracle and will live in our hearts forever.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Roller Coaster Weekend

IMG_4316 by kbshee
IMG_4316, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Life was a bit surreal this weekend, as we combined celebrations with some worries.

Friday we received the news that Juneau's 'miracle drug' that was supposed to stimulate the growth of white blood cells did not work. Tim brought home a chemo drug called Elspar, which we gave to her subcutaneously at about 7pm. We were informed that in very rare cases, dogs have an allergic reaction to the treatment, and so since we are documented to be a rare case we rushed her to the Emergency Vet as she was experiencing a type of anaphylaxis. She spent the night at the Emergency vet and with their good care recovered from that.

Saturday we brought her home and then basically hung out with her. We had reservations for dinner out Saturday night to celebrate our anniversary, and thought about cancelling but as she seemed to be resting fine we went ahead and went out, and we were glad we did.

Sunday we celebrated our real anniversary, Father's Day and Tim's graduation with presents in the morning (these flowers were from Tim, brought home on Saturday). Sunday afternoon I attended our Honors celebration, and Sunday night we barbequed and made smoked burgers.

Monday (are you exhausted yet?) I had my graduation at noon and then Tim participated in his Master's graduation at 3pm. My graduation called out over 450 names, and I hooded four students. At Tim's, he had center stage for his hooding by his two advisors, and I was asked to stand and be recognized for my support of him during his work. It was really touching.

Yesterday, Juneau went back to OSU and the bloodwork continued to be dire. They did another bone marrow biopsy to see if there are any last ditch efforts to try--we'll know more today or tomorrow. She's breathing heavily but still had an appetite and I'm guessing she'll want to do a little walk.

So lots of tears over the past few days, and I"m sure more to come.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tips for Photographing Knits

IMG_4315 by kbshee
IMG_4315, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Tip 1: don't photograph entrelac on top of a plaid blanket.

Oh well. I wanted to show this to you because the knitting has been so boring lately. The three projects OTN are all boring knitting, so I wanted to try something fun for a change. I love entrelac, but I'm hesitant about wearing an entire entrelac sweater. So, I started this scarf using a simple basic entrelac pattern and a nice summer yarn: Noro Furisode, a cotton/silk blend with a wee bit of wool. The colors are good for summer and probably into fall as well, and so far I like how it looks.

I don't know how Noro does it, but it is perfect for entrelac.

Juneau is not thriving--the protocol that was successful last time did not work, the shots to boost her white blood cell production did not work, and the new chemo treatment from yesterday landed her at the Emergency vet with an allergic reaction. We're about to go pick her up--she seems to have recovered completely--but our poor girl.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

And

-grading is done. -new UO President is found. -Juneau's fever spiked and a day was spent in Corvallis waiting, waiting, waiting. Fever is down. -not sure what to do with myself. But when I start THAT list I get freaked out. So back to not knowing!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Socks and Stella

IMG_4313 by kbshee
IMG_4313, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished these socks for Tim--they're from String Theory and are the best self striping socks in the universe. Also the pretties color of grey. Just the basic toe up socks that I can almost do in my sleep.

And sharing the photo is Stella, our crazy little black cat who in this picture looks like she might be dark brown. Stella appears rarely on the blog since she has a seizure disorder, is sort of a hermit, and we avoid taking flash photos of her. But every so often she wanders into a picture. Hi Stelly!

I'm just about done with the term...the term I thought would never finish...and have to grade the portfolios for my class and assign final grades, but I have all week to do that. A few meetings here and there, but I'm now officially in transition-to-summer mode. Today I might even think about a little summer knitting! STay tuned!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Color Affection

IMG_4309 by kbshee
IMG_4309, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So after many days of trying to figure out how this crescent scarf 'works', I read a post on the Rav that explained it to me.

Basically:
-it is a crescent
-the black solid part is at the top
-the scarf right now looks like a frown, it should look like a smile
-but because I have many stitches on the needle, it will look like a frown until I finish.

Now if I realized that the black part was on the top, I would have started with the pale pink (one of the colors in the left hand side part) and ended with black on the bottom. But I didn't, so Ill end with pink (although I guess I could end with black, couldn't I?

But it is a fun knit. I hate the yarn (Elann Silken Kydd) because it is so damn sticky. With fun bright sock yarns it would be a hoot.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

She spins too

IMG_4305 by kbshee
IMG_4305, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm taking a spinning class in--uh oh--less than three weeks and while you don't have to be an incredible spinner, you do need to know how to spin a constant thread. And while I do know this, I haven't done it for a year.

And as you may recall, I have three or four alpacas worth of fleece to prepare and spin.

So I sat down, oiled the wheel, figured out how it all works, and started spinning with some purple roving that is sitting at the bottom of the closet.

Like riding a bike, spinning comes back pretty quickly. At least I think it did--the spun single looks good, and I'll try to do another single and ply this weekend.

Juneau is maintaining her current health state, and probably improved a bit since Tuesday. Her fever is back down to normal and her appetite is great. She's a tad slower on the walks but still eager to get outside. Our first 'post relapse' bloodwork is next Tuesday so we'll see how she's doing clinically then.