Monday, January 03, 2011

New Year, it's now 2011

I would like to wish each and every person in the world a very Happy New Year.
and I will, so have a Happy New Year!

It's been a strange past few weeks, realistically, months. I've done so many knitting and crocheting projects and posted nothing about them. Most of them were for charity and for Christmas gifts.
I made mittens, hats, some tiny blankets.
Also made scarves, a hoodie, and a blanket with car appliques for grandson. The scarves were for granddaughter.

The hat here is too big for
us, therefore
it will end up for charity.

Here is a
picture of Portland
Tweed Jacket start

Hat for granddaughter, and she loved it. Fingerless mitts for me, pure cashmere yarn. Nice and warm, but my fingers are freezing. Hmph.

Some hats and a moebius shawl with Christmas colors. I made it too small, so it ended up being a cowl.

It is a nice, sunny January day. I am here with Buckley's wonderful syrup, and hubby went to the store to get some more miracle medicines. (I asked for candies). The plan for the rest of the day is to finish the back part for the jacket, get dressed (might make me feel a bit better), since
I have been in my PJs for all morning.

I downloaded (uploaded? - never know which one) some free Kindle books for my Kindle for PC,
and have been reading "Queen's Dollmaker" book. It's a story of a woman who makes fashion dolls in England. She is from France originally. The time is before and during French Revolution. I love historical books. This book is more a novel, but the real events are within,
and it's an easy read. I got into it so much that I had to Google the history for that time.
If anyone is too picky about correctness about history events, don't bother, there apparently are many mistakes, but I don't care, it's nice reading and takes you to imagine the times then.
My Kobo reader also found some free books, but I can only read one book at a time. It's a different story with knitting and crocheting. I always have more than one going on, but let's not go there. I must finish the jacket, that is my New Years resolution.

I also sent the bears to Finland, only to get really nervous about their arrival in time for Christmas. You see, there was a two week postal strike and to make things worse, also Finnair strike. My parcel should have arrived to its destination in 5-6 days, instead it took 3 and some weeks, but the bears arrived on Christmas Eve. The rest came after Christmas (had sent two parcels). Here is a picture of Hugo and his new friend, who came from Finland in time for New Year.

Things have not gone too nicely. Just about a week before Christmas, the slight pain and numbness in my leg became so painful that I gave in and went to see an Osteopathic doctor,
who treated me with those nasty needles. Three visits later, I still had pain, and had no interest in doing any Christmas preparations, as in cleaning, or clearing the living space. Nothing got done other than food for Christmas Eve. I have taken everything easily, not doing too much
moving around, and slowly my back is getting better. It's not back to normal by any means,
but is more bearable than two weeks ago. All I would need is another week for doing nothing,
and I bet I would be OK.

Hubby has a bad cold that has been dwelling in his being for a few months. He did call the doctor, and they promised to call back. Well, apparently the person who took the message screwed it up totally. The doctor got a message that my hubby is going to go and see him that day, and that he needed meds for four months. WHAT? who is this
message writer. So, hubby waited and waited, and got angry and was ready to go to a walk-in clinic or emergency. That was the plan for today, but the dear doctor called last night, and asked why hubby didn't go. DUH.

And, on top of all the sickness, I got my share of the cold. For four days now, and getting worse.
What the hell is going on in this part of the world. My friend and her hubby, another friend's kids, and according to the doctor, MANY more. Oh, and a co-worker, sick for weeks, and still coming to work, thanks a lot.

I have been knitting feverishly since last week. The project is "Portland Tweed Jacket" and I have almost finished the back piece. I don't have a picture of what I have done by now, but here is a picture of the start. The pattern was in Knit 'n Style August 2010 magazine, and my yarn is
Cabin Fever Cotton Tweed. I love this project and can't wait until it's finished. There are lots of
cables, so it's not a quick project.

On a very positive note, hubby just informed me that if I sort the laundry, he will go and do it tonight. Thank you so much. Oh, I love it. That way I don't have to bend down, and my poor back will not suffer. He is such a gem, that hubby of mine.