Friday, August 31, 2007

Kim's Home Finally and Knitting Update

I finally have a finished object. I finished this lovely cardigan by Blue Skye Alpaca in Pumpkin. I originally bought this yarn for a pettern called Tomato in Amy's book called No Sheep For You but when I saw this cardigan I just had to make it. The yarn Hand Dyed Organic Cotton is lovely to work with. It's soft and squishy I really enjoyed this project and didn't get sick of it at all.

It knits up really quickly too which is a bonus and I guess explains why I finished it so quickly. Mind you sitting in hospital for 12 hours non stop knitting did help with the finishing time.

My next project is this lovely pattern called Diamond Fantasy by Sivia Harding. I fell in love with this pattern and had to have it so I started knitting it last night. This is the first time I am knitting one of Sivia's designs and find the instructions easy to follow. It's in written form and also in chart form. Just for something different I am following it in the written form. The yarn I am using is 2ply merino by Kaalund Yarns and the colourway is Waterlily. A wonderful yarn to knit with and the colours are coming up beautifully, it really suits the pattern. I am using Knit Picks Options 3.75mm.

I am also having withdrawal symptoms not knitting socks. I love to knit socks and I have plenty of yarn in my stash it's just a matter of making up my mind which one to knit next and which yarn to use.

Plus I am dying to get my hands on Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd. Not that I need another sock book in my library by any means but it looks so good and there's also the new Vogue one which I must have.
Had to include this picture of my two gorgeous cats. Aren't they lovely. They both always join me in my craft room when I'm knitting to keep me company. They only just tolerate each other(it's taken them 7 months) and most of the time only to keep each other warm when it's cold.

We brought Kim home finally on Monday but his recovery is very, very slow, he wakes every four hours during the night with pain and breaks out in sweats constantly so he needs to change two, three times a night as well. My washing machine is getting a real work out this week let me tell you. It's on at least twice each day. We went to our GP today for a check up and his blood count is very low which explains why he is so pale and has no energy. I took him to the factory today just for an hour because he insisted on going but it was just to socialise really with the neighbors. Going out today did drain him quiet a lot because after that it was to the doctor's for an hour or so and then to pick up son from school.

Well, it's fathers day this weekend and this year we are having a quiet one as my parents are still overseas and we can't go out anywhere for obvious reasons. So my daughter and I decided we will have Yum Cha take away food for lunch on Sunday as that's one of Kim's favorites.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Donna said...

I have the Diamond Fantasy on my to-do list, too. I even have the pattern in my "next up" folder, but it keeps getting overtaken by other things.
Sending lots of good thoughts to Kim.

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jacqui said...

Your cardigan is just lovely. I say keep it for yourself! Glad that your husband is home safely. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Live 2 Knit said...

Glad to hear that Kim's home again now.
Your cats are very cute, you'd think they were best of friends from the photo :)

Cindy said...

I'm happy to hear that Kim is home. I hope you had a nice time celebrating fathers day. I LOVE your sweater. It is gorgeous. Blue Sky cotton is one of my favorite yarns. It is so nice to work with! I got the Ann Budd sock book, and I really like it. Then again, I'm still relatively new to socks, so I don't have a lot to go on experience wise.

Take care of yourself. You need some time for pampering, I'm sure.


monica said...

So glad Kim is home, I am sure it is better all around, even though the recovery is slow. It is always nicer to be in your own surroundings.
Your cardigan turned out lovely. I have touched, but not knit with the Blue Sky Cotton, so I can only imagine how wonderful it is to knit with.
Looking forward to seeing the shawl progress, that is beautiful yarn.
Best Wishes!

Sue H said...

Your knitting projects are beautiful, as usual.
I'm glad to hear that Kim is home. That must feel so good for him. His treatment will take a lot out of him, but I'm sure he'll sail safely through it and come to the island of good health eventually.
Take care both of you. I'm thinking of you.

m said...

I'm going to be interested to see how your DFS comes out .I have started this 4 times but cannot find the right yarn .Its a lovely pattern to work and nicely written .
glad to hear your hubby is home ...wish him a steady recovery

Terri said...

The cardi looks wonderful. You did a great job with this. Love the yarn you've chosen for the shawl. This should be gorgeous. BTW, thanks for the nice comments on my blog. Nice to 'meet' you. I've got a collection of teddies too and have made a few of my own in my time. Not for ages though - too busy knitting. :o)

monica said...

Helen, I hope all is progressing well and Kim becomes stronger each day. Thinking of you all, everyday

sue said...

Lovely cardigan. It turned out so beautifully. I do hope that Kim's recovery goes well for him. Make sure he gets lots of rest as the chemotherapy will take a lot out of him. I wish your family lots of happiness and good health.