Wool in my soup

I am a 67 year-old grandmother living on Vancouver Island. I have crocheted, cross-stitched and rug hooked, but I always had yarn on needles. Recently knitting has become my primary hobby!

Location: Canada

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Even the lady in the yarn store gets comments!My last post about less than nice comments got me the most comments ever. I was in my LYS today - actually to buy a 3mm bamboo circ about 60 - 80 cm long - and I mentioned to her about comments people make. She is a beautiful knitter, gives classes, and her daughter owns the yarns store, and she also gets these snort of 'snarky' comments! What is it about people who don't craft? Yarn Harlot calls them 'muggles'.

Thanks for the comments - I will continue to knit and just comment nicely - maybe I can offer them knitting lessons. I still think my Mom was right - say something nice, or don't say anything!!

I included the photo of the witch hazel in bloom, just so you could see the old colour of our house. The painting is going well, but bad news - the front of our house is the weather side and at least four windows need replacing - one is in rough shape, and the other three are not far behind. This we had not bargained for, but we will just go to the window shop, have them then come out and measure up and then we will have new windows. The current windows have wooden frames, but they would be terribly expensive, so perhaps it will be vinyl - like the picture window in the picture (which is on the back of the house)! If we go with vinyl, that will mean replacing six windows in the front and then my DH wants to have a real good look at the windows in the back - "while we are at it" - to see if they need replacing - well you know how it goes. Owning a home is a life time committment. You know you own a home when your car automatically wants to turn into Home Depot or other DIY outlets!!

I did buy a bit of yarn on the sale table and also the pattern and some yarn for the Fibre Trends Hedgehog!! It is rather cute and I have wanted to make one for some time. I am still a child at heart. I did not have a teddy bear as a child, and so about 15 years ago, I decided to make teddies (jointed) and after making about 85, I had that out of my system. I can promise you there will not be anywhere near even 5 hedgehogs! Maybe I should be careful what I say!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Perhaps knitting will slow down a bit!

This is another of Elizabeth's Zimmermann's simple baby sweaters from the Knitter's Almanac. If you think the little neck being turned down is a design item - you are partly right! Actually, I forgot to make the first buttonhole, and I was not prepared to frog back, so I made the next buttonhole and decided to just turn back the neck a bit. I think this may be better, because if I remember, babies do not really have a neck and sometimes it is difficult to get in under the little chin to button a sweater. Also, I did not think it necessary to put buttons down the entire front.

This is made from Sari cotton and is a beautiful shade of mauve, which does not show up as well as it might.

The window below is on the front of our house. About four days ago, our house was a California Rustic with chocolate brown trim. Our home is covered with cedar channel siding. After all, we live in British Columbia, where the cedar tree is king!! It is time to repaint, and I always thought the trim on the windows was insignificant - it was only about 1.5" and not enough room to put some decorative shutters beside the windows. My desire was to have something more significant around the window.

Now I am not great at picturing things in my mind, and John, who I have been married to for almost 47 years, is not always able to read my mind!! So when we were discussing how wide to make the new trim and how to have a little detail on the top board, John decided that a bit of cardboard tacked up would give us an idea of just how wide the board should be. That plan worked well, as I love the new window trim. The off-white on the inner window had only one coat of paint at the point the picture was taken , but now it has a second coat and the paint is scraped off the glass. The grey of the body of the house is not quite as blue as the photo shows, and the trim is more of a charcoal grey. We plan to paint the front door a cranberry red!!

So, as you can see, the knitting may not get as much attention in the next few weeks. However, I do not do heights, but I do do gardening! While John paints, and I can fetch and carry for him, I do that; otherwise I have been doing some gardening!!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Can't you say that in another way!

Something that I have been thinking about lately is how people comment to you when they see you wearing something that you knitted!

Not everyone was taught by their Mom's like I was - "If you cannot say something nice, just don't say anything!"

Have you ever had people say to you in a tone that makes you feel that they are annoyed that you can do it and they can't - "I suppose you made that too!" Is my skin a little thin? This hurts on one level, but on another I want to say, "Don't you wish that you could too?" Now I know this is a very small number of people who react this way, but why do they do it, and do they do it to you?

I just wish people would either not comment or say something as simple as I like the colour of your sweater, socks, scarf, etc. Now don't think I worry about this too much, I just wondered if any of you had come up with some idea of why some folk will say things like that to a knitter.

Now to be fair, when people comment favourably, I sometimes will say, "Oh it is just a ...... I caught myself saying it today when someone commented on my EZ simple little cardigan! I try to stop myself, but why do we sometimes as knitter's feel we cannot say a simple, "Thank you, it is a lovely little pattern by EZ or don't you love the colour, or won't it make some baby feel warm and loved, or, or, or."

I know this is not something to make us stay awake at night, but I just have been wondering about it. I was raised in a time when it was not considered polite to ever say that you could do something well -- after all, who would have any faith in someone who blew their own horn?!

As a knitter, I am going to try very hard to stop underselling my skill and just say thank you where appropriate and perhaps say nothing where that is appropriate!

Now to sew up the sleeve seams, underarm seams and put the buttons on the beautiful little mauve baby cardi!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Rib Warmer #6!This is the 6th Rib Warmer I have knit so far. I say so far, as I have #7 on the needles. Apparently these vests are big sellers at bizarres. I can see why, as they need little help in the way of sizing. I am making one for my daughter at the moment and it will be longer and a bit wider, but with the simplicity of this pattern, that is not a problem. It could also be knit for men!

I bought Elizabeth Zimmermann's 'Knitting Workshop" and it has the Rib Warmer pattern in it. However, I started knitting the vest from a pamphlet I bought from Schoolhouse Press and it has more details on the rib warmer than are in the book. In the book, they do not tell you how you can knit the two sides (I pick up the live stitches at the neck) and then join them together at the start of the second half of the second turn and knit up the back. That is a real shame, as it makes for no seaming, as I also bind of the back to the shoulder and back neck seam with a three needle bind off - or a variation of it.

Instead of three needles, I knit through the stitch on the 'back', then knit into the stitch of the shoulder or neck seam and knit these two together and then with the stitch I already have on the right needle, I pass the stitch to the right over the left and then do the k into st on left needle; k into stitch on shoulder/neck seam and k these together and so on. You can see I really do not know how to write a pattern, but experience has taught me easier ways to do things. I am seeing more knitters slipping the first stitch on the left needle as if to purl and then knit across row. This makes a nice 'chain' finish and also when I do the 'seam' across the back/shoulder, it is so much easier to pick up the stitches! Now, that should all be as clear as mud!!

That would be an interesting discussions - things I have learned from my time knitting that make many procedures easier! I know I learn something from one pattern that I use in another and so on!

After knitting all these vests, sure hope the family likes them!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I Did a Bit of Shopping!The two 'fun' yarns were on for 50% off, and I thought my GD, Kate, would love knitting scarves with these two balls. The book was on for 50% off at a garden store - you never know what you will find in these stores! Anyway, they are part of Kate's birthday gift. I mailed it off yesterday, along with that beautiful robin-egg blue shrug and a pair of 'spa' socks and some foot cream. I remember teens love to have a 'girly' day and so I thought the cream and socks would be fun. Never mind, grandmothers love 'girly' days too.

Kate is a knitter, so I try to encourage her wherever and whenever I can. This yarn was originally $9.95 a ball, and I know she would never buy it, but grandma's can buy it. I know now that I would never ever buy 'cheap' yarn to teach someone to knit! I am realizing more and more that quality in yarn really makes the difference. That does not always mean you have to buy the most expensive yarn either.

For any of you who listen to podcasts, I would highly recommend the ones that Kelly is doing for Knitpicks. She is the owner, but her podcasts are great. Podcast #4 is about wool. She talks about the various terms for the strand of wool, the properties of wool, and the reason some of us find it 'itchy. Now I know why I do not find superwash merino itchy. Listen and you will know too, or if you don't listen to podcasts, write and I will give you the secret - well it is not really a secret, but I often wondered why and she told me!!
This Rowan Cotton Glace was on for 25% off and I just could not resist the colour. It is similar to the jade colour of the Garnstudio Muskat that I am making the 'lace' ss cardi from for myself. This has no real sheen to it, but the Muskat has real sheen. I want to wear the Moss Stitch pullover that I am using the Cotton Glace for all year round, so I think the lack of sheen is a good property! The pattern for the moss stitch pullover is in the book Debbie Bliss Easy Knits. I do not have the book here now, as it is a library book. It is a simple long sleeve pullover with a simple neck with a bit of a 'slit' in the front. The slit is only about two inches, so it is not revealing and that is exactly what I want. I have one question about the pattern though - for the large size, it asks for 1800+ yards. Now I think that is quite a bit, but just to be sure I do not run out, I have just over 2000 yards - there will probably be enough left to make a hat, baby sweater or some other small project!!

This sweater is in the queue after the simple baby sweater and lace cardi - once one of them comes off the needles, then I can cast on for the moss stitch. I made a promise to myself to never have more than four projects on the needles at once and so far I have kept this promise. I know that I knit a lot and am reasonably fast, but I get easily overwhelmed! If I have too much on the go, I accomplish a lot less. If I keep things organized and down to a reasonable number, I get lots more accomplished. It took me about 60 years to learn this - well I always knew it, but it took that long to accept it and just get on with the way I operate.

You know, now that I think about it, getting older is not bad at all - I do not think about the alternative. I know myself a whole lot better than I did at say 30, I like myself a whole lot better and I have almost stopped trying to please others. It is tough enough at times to please myself, so why bother with others. There was a great quote in our newspaper today - actually it was in the insert for the graduation photos from our three local highschools. Here it is ......

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind! ~~ Dr. Seuss

This is another Handmaiden yarn - Scrunchy Silk and it is designated for a large shawl/scarf. I had admired this yarn - due to its colourway - for some time, but when it was 25% off, what is a girl to do!
These two yarns are designated for EZ simple baby sweater - they are 50% viscose and 50% acrylic. The yarn is soft and washable - all things needed for a baby sweater. Besides, the colours are great for a wee one.

I think I did very well at the yarn sale, and I supported another LYS in my area. I see lots of buys on yarns on the internet and I have bought from those shops too, but I would be so lost without my local shops and so I need to help them by shopping there. I also take in articles I have knit to show them, because when I worked in a quilt/fabric shop, it was always so pleasant to see the customer come back with their finished item! I also tell them when I read a knitting book that I think they would benefit from, such as "No Sheep For You". I think that the information on the various fibres is invaluable to a yarn shop owner, because I know that I have been there and customers want to know and also when they want to knit something with a yarn that just would not be suitable, it is great when the shop owner can tell them why another yarn would be better. Sometimes they cannot persuade the customer, but then again we have all knit things from the 'wrong' fibre. Is that a class in the School of Hard Knocks?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I've been tagged!

Here goes for 8 things about me that are habits, or perhaps strange. I was tagged by Jan.

I will try to post 8 things, but I did tell Jan that I will not pass it on. I never pass on chain letters either.

1. I do not pass on chain letters. There that was easy!

2. I love to read, but I love to be read to even better. Thus my love of my MP3 player and audio books!

3. I used to be a hooker - come on now - out of the ditch - I was the kind that hooked rugs!

4. I have snow white hair - my Mom died at almost 90 and she had very little white in her hair. My Dad had white hair, but very little of it.

5. I wanted to be a Home Economics teacher - now known as Family Life Studies!

6. I never wanted to be a nurse.

7. I used to do cross stitch, crewel, gross point and petit point and quilt and sew most of my children's and my own clothes!

8. I use the name - Wool in my soup - because I used to dye old woolen clothes from thrift shops in a big old soup kettle for my rug hooking!

There, I did it, but now I read them they are not very interesting to me. However, they may be interesting to other people!

Here is the Picovoli sweater on the model. The picot edging did sort of 'shrink' the neck opening and the sleeve length, but I am happy with the sweater. I probably could have knit a size smaller, but I do not like things that are 'snug'.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Picovoli - finished!This is the completed picovoli - I could have knit a few more inches - well, I could have if I had more Cathay, but as you can see from the photo below, I was finished. I know the picot edging used up a bit more yarn than a plain edging would have, but I like the edging and I will show a picture of the sweater on me, once it is dry. I sort of steamed it with the iron and it looks different than it will on the body. I have already tried it on, and so far, so good.

I used the Debbie Bliss Cathay (6 balls) as was called for in the pattern. I had looked at Grumperina's pattern many times, and I know it was one of the very popular patterns a year or so ago. I can see why it is a good sweater to have in your wardrobe. I did not change anything in the pattern, so I will probably knit it again!! I knit this sweater in about a week, and I like it! I was itching to finish it, as I want to start another project with the Garnstudio, Muskat.
Yesterday the postman brought me a book I had ordered and I am thrilled with it. It is "No Sheep For You" by Amy R. Singer.
I have heard this book reviewed on a few podcasts, and was pleased that I had ordered a copy. Now that I have it in my hands, I am even more happy.

At the beginning of the book, Amy tells us all about all the 'non wool' fibres available for knitters. The process of 'designing' these yarns is clearly explained. She gives the good and not-so-good points of each yarn and then later shows some blends that enhance the yarn by combining the good and no-so-good into one perfect yarn. I hope this is not breaking any laws, but one thing that I learned from the book is - if you have a slippery/soft yarn and it seems to collapse on itself when you wind it into a centre-pull ball, take the inner tube of a toilet paper roll and put that over the post of the ball winder and then wind your yarn onto the roll! She also says that with these slippery yarns to NOT pull the yarn from the centre, but to use it from the outside of the ball. I knew about using it from the outside of the ball, after knitting with lace weight mohair! It is a very clever trick, I think, and if I only had learned about that, I would be thrilled with the book.

There are many patterns in the book that appeal to me. I want to knit a gansey - nice pattern in the book! There are patterns for a purse, jackets, cardigans, pullovers and socks. I am so happy to have it in my knitting library and I salute Amy for a terrific book. I have learned so much about the fibres for knitting, other than wool, and, if you are lucky enough to be able to use most wools, then the patterns could be used with wool as well. Can you tell I love this book!

Oh yes, I was in Cumberland, a small village near here that is celebrating the May Empire Days (Queen Victoria's birthday) and the LYS had a great sale. I will save my purchases to show you another day. A girl has to support both yarn shops near here, now doesn't she!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

So you think you will be able to wear this?
Sometimes while I am knitting, I think that I will never be able to wear my project. While in process, knitting can sometimes look like a blog and it takes a leap of faith, or belief from past experience, that this will be something you will be pleased to wear.

My Picovoli, from Grumperina, is shown above in a beautiful rose pink Debbie Bliss Cathay. This is the yarn that is called for in the pattern and I had the exact amount in my stash. I had copied this pattern moons ago. I always have a fear that if I don't copy the pattern that I like when I see it, it might be gone when I do want to make it. Anyway, the pattern and the yarn have come together and it is a pleasant knit, even if the Cathay does tend to 'unspin' and can be split in the stitch! I have chosen to make the 'picot' edging. If I can eke out enough yarn (I will try it on for length), I want to pick up the 'sleeve' stitches and do a bit of short row work to make a bit of a sleeve cap.

I have a chocolate brown summer skirt and I have seen yarns on different blogs with browns, pinks and cream, so I might just be near the cutting edge of what is in fashion with my pink Picovoli and brown skirt! The brown/pink/cream combination reminds me of Neopolitan ice cream that was around when I was younger - probably still is, but I have not bought it in eons. Do any of you remember buying ice cream in 'bricks'. It was a 'box' that the ice cream was in and you could pull the sides of the box down and 'slice' off portions of ice cream and then you would really see the blending of the colours! Perhaps I am older than most of my readers, so buying ice cream in bricks is not something you know about! As my children would say, "Was that in the good old days, Mom?"

I have a new visitor to the blog, and she lives north of me, here on the Island. Thanks for visiting, Kate, and perhaps we can meet in person when you next visit my LYS.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Elizabeth Zimmerman - I love her patterns!!
This little sweater is from EZ's Knitter's Almanac and is the project for February. I probably will give this little sweater to a couple expecting a baby in August, but I have started another one for charity in a soft mauve cotton - again from stash. In the pictured sweater, I used some left over Orchide with a silk, merino wool and acrylic content and it is so soft and I have enough to knit a little hat - probably will use the pattern from Oneskein by Leigh Radford that I have knit before. I will need to double the yarn, but that is okay by me - I have enough of this Orchide yarn in a brown to make a sweater and I think with buttons such as a little turtle, truck or something not too babyish (not probably a word, but you know what I mean) will be fine for a wee baby.

I am also knitting a Picovolli by Grumperina from six balls of Debbie Bliss Cathay that I had in my stash. I had copied out this pattern, found in Mag Knits, many a moon ago, but when I was in search of a pattern to knit up the Cathay in a beautiful rose colour, I came upon it again. I used Cathay in the Green Gables sweater I knit a few months ago and it was a deep raspberry colour and it is a wonderful yarn to work with. I love cotton, but when it is mixed with a bit of silk and/or viscose, it knits up so well and the stitch definition is perfect. The other good point was that I got the Cathay on for 50% off. I like a bargain, especially when it is for a delicious yarn that I might not buy at full price.

I frogged the Muskat cotton sweater that I had been knitting in the beautiful jade colour. It was just too 'stiff' and I was unhappy with the garment. I really love the colour, so I went in search of a pattern for myself. While at my LYS yesterday buying buttons for the EZ baby sweater, I asked about some patterns for the Garnstudio Muskat and was directed to some lovely pattern books. The problem with the books is they are in a language I cannot read. This is not a problem, as the LYS owner told me to go to www.garnstudio.com and look for the pattern I liked in the book and then I could copy it in English! It works!! I now have a pattern for a short sleeved cardi for summer and enough yarn for the project. It is in the queue after Picovolli!!

After I told you about Kelli Robinson and the podcast Unwound, I learned in her latest podcast that she will be unable to continue podcasting. I am sorry, as I will miss her, but she is a new attorney and starting out in a large practice, so she needs to devote her time to her career. I like the fact that she told her listeners up front and did not just float away into podcast ether!!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

I'm Very Pleased!!

This little shrug is a birthday gift for my GD, Kate, who will turn 17 in July. I know it is done a bit early, but it has to be mailed to Germany! I would hate for her birthday to arrive and Nana not have the gift there for her to open. The spot on the lower right arm is just a water spot, so no need to worry!

I knit this beautiful shrug using Erika Knight's book 'Classic Knits'. I used this beautiful shade of Robin's egg blue, as Kate is a red head, and I think this will look great on her.

I mentioned in an earlier post about how I liked the suggestion of putting your increases or decreases in a few stitches from the edge and using them as a style detail in the knitting project. There are three different pictures here of the same sweater and they are all different in colour. The full view is the most true to colour!

On these two photos, you can see the wisdom of the decreases being in those few stitches, as it makes a nice finished edge. The photo on the left is the side seam and the one on the right is the seaming of the sleeve. I used the mattress stitch for seaming, and I couldn't be more pleased. It really does pay to have good materials to work with. I am even pleased with the stitches I had to pick up around the fronts and the neckline. The only thing about the pattern I do not care for is the treatment at the underarm. You cast off 6 or so stitches when knitting the fronts and back at the armhole, but on the sleeve, you gradually cast off along the edge, and it seems to pull a bit and not lie as flat as I would like. It also shows a sort of draping from this particular join in the photo in the book. However, other than that small point, I think it is a wonderful project and I hope that Kate gets lots of wear out of the shrug. Kate is a knitter, so I think she will appreciate the work. I know that I will use the mattress stitch wherever possible in my future knitting.

You can also see the decreasing you did for rounding the front of the shrug, and again it makes a nice detail on the knit.

I have done a bit of knitting in the past few days, and while I knit, I listen to podcasts or books. I just found a wonderful podcast, in fact two podcasts, and the first one I want to tell you about is Unwound . It is moderated and read by Kelli Robinson and it is a must listen. She tells you about some of her projects - she is a self taught crocheter and knitter, and also about her experiences with different fibres. Her book reviews are wonderful as are her review of different yarns. But perhaps the best part of the podcast is her question or poll she puts out to listeners. For instance one poll was about how you held your needles or hooks and how you knit or crocheted. The next podcast would have the voices of different knitters giving their method of working their craft. She also reviews books and has a little library of these books and if you call in to her poll, your name could be drawn and you could have a book or yarn of your choice. If you chose a book or fibre, she asks that you then please send in your own review of the prize. I am pleased that most people, so far, have indeed called in a review and it is great to hear others tell of a book - we just cannot afford them all, or then the yarn budget takes a beating!

She is an attorney, and so her research is terrific and when she gives a biography of a knitter, it is very well done and informative. There is no change in the volume in her podcast, which can be annoying if you listen to as many as I do and I just am so pleased to have found this podcast.

Oh yes, one feature on her podcast is a piece on finishing. It is done by Rene, who has a business in Seattle, WA and she finishes garments for knitters at a very reasonable cost. She gives some good hints on finishing your knitting and one I listened to yesterday I found interesting. She said that on knitting pieces for a garment, to treat the first and last stitch as a garter stitch, as it made seaming much easier, as the little 'bump' formed by the garter stitch made aligning the pieces so much easier. Fortunately I had already been doing this particular method of knitting. Give her podcast a listen, and I think you too will enjoy it and come away informed!

Another podcaster I am enjoying is David Reidy from Australia. He is a science teacher and does most of his knitting on the two hour train trip into and out of Sydney to work. He also reviews books, yarns and I am looking forward to his different interviews he did while at the Easter Show in his area. He will talk to fibre artists, knitting judges, etc. A great listen and very informative. His volume is good too, but sometimes the cats tussle and play in the background and I have thought that something was happening in my house, until I took the buttons out of my ear and realized it was on the podcast.

I also enjoy Cast On by Brenda Dayne. Unfortunately, Brenda has been having some health issues, but she is well worth a listen. She plays some great music, has done some wonderful interviews and shares her knitting experience with you in a wonderful way. I hope she is well again soon, as I miss her when she cannot broadcast regularly. She is American by birth, but lives in Wales and so you learn a bit about the fibre situation in that country. We should consider ourselves very, very fortunate in this part of the world!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

That was a long 48 hours!!

I am back in the swing, but we have had a guest from Brazil staying with us this week, so I have read blogs, knitted, listened to podcasts, but did not post! I realized that I would not be a great knitter if I lived in a very warm climate! Ana, our guest, said there would be no need for even fingerless gloves! I know they knit in Brazil and there are parts they need wool for warmth, but not where Ana lives!

This is a new baby sweater. I saw this little sweater on Iris' blog . It is the simple baby sweater from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac - I had the book and I wanted to do some charity knitting, so I cast on! The yarn is going to be substituted - I was sure I had 3 ounces, which is what the pattern called for, but I have looked high and low and only have 2 ounces. However, I now have the pattern down pat, so all is not lost. After all, isn't it all about the process! It also keeps me away from finishing my GDs shrug. I have the shoulder seams completed, the picked up stitches around the front and neck area all worked into the ribbing called for and now it is time to set in the sleeves!

I am always impressed with the simplicity but beauty of EZ's patterns. I like the way she does the increases about the neck of the little sweater! There is a simple, but effective, little drawing of the process of M1 (making 1 more stitch) and the instructions are very simple. You make a firm backward loop over the right-hand needle and then work it in pattern on the following row! There are absolutely no 'holes' for the increases and it is really simple and looks wonderful!

I also think this little variegated yarn does not do justice to the 'Gull pattern' that is on the body and the sleeves. I have some wonderful Marks and Kattens Orkide from my French Vanilla sweater and it will make a beautiful creamy white sweater for a baby and have some warmth, as it is 40% merino wool and the silk in the yarn makes it just so soft! The variegated yarn will make wonderful hats for babies!!

I am a big fan of podcasts and I found a new knitting one - well new to me. It is Unwound with Kelli Robinson from Birmingham, Alabama. I have learned so much about knitting, books available and the pole she conducts each podcast. Give it a listen, if you like to knit by listening to podcasts or books on your MP3 or IPod!!

Oh yes, that beautiful little Rosebud sweater I was going to make with the jade coloured yarn - frogged! The cotton was working out to be just to 'stiff'. It has been added to (the yarn, not the sweater) and so I have enough to make myself a little summer sweater!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Ouch! I had two wisdom teeth out!

How I got to be nearly 67 and still have all my wisdom teeth is a puzzle even to my dentist. As we moved 23 times, you can be sure I have seen more than a few different dentists, but no one ever remarked on my wisdom teeth until the last few years.

My dentist put them 'on watch' about two years ago, but last visit he stated that the tooth was starting to crumble, and I was having the odd ache and twinge in the tooth! He referred me to a dental surgeon, and yesterday I came away minus two wisdom teeth!

I did not knit yesterday, as the drug to knock me out left the brain a little frazzled and it is hard to knit and hold an ice pack on your cheek! Today I have done some knitting and also some reading. The book I am reading is the latest Alexander McCall Smith book, "The Good Husband of Zebra Drive". It is the perfect read for someone who just wants to lie about and drink smoothies and warm soup!

This too shall pass and I will be back in full swing in the next 48 hours!!

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