Laura's Knitting Blog

This is the place I post pictures and information on my various fiber hobbies.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

My new car, knitting, and girlie fun

Here's a picture of my new car! I love it! It's so easy to get in and out, and it's easy to drive and it gets much better mileage than my old car. I filled it up for the first time today and it only took 9.7 gallons! There is so much space throughout the car. After driving a two door car, it's very strange to not be able to reach the backseat from the front one! Ironically, this car is a lot shorter than my old cougar.

I decided to make Harry Potter scarf bookmarks! I knitted them with US 0 needles and embroidery thread. I made Gryffindor and Slytherin, and just started the Ravenclaw. The picture isn't great, but I was blocking the bookmark so that's just how it turned out!

Last Friday we celebrated my cousin Abbie's first birthday! She helped her mom open a couple of presents, and then got distracted by a pile of tissue paper. She just sat there and played with it while her mom and dad opened her presents! She was very hesitant to really get her hands in the cake, finally her daddy just slammed her hands into it!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

I got a new car!

It's a Scion xB. It's perfect because it's car sized, but kind of feels like an SUV (though it gets 34 mpg)! It's black, and they offer some sort of reimbursement if we have to have it converted to a wheel chair accessible car (they can install a ramp that goes out the back at the touch of a button and you can drive a motorized wheelchair up on to it, then it folds up). It holds my walker just fine without interfering with the backseat, and will easily hold a manual wheelchair. The brakes went out on my old car and it was going to cost 3x what it was worth to fix it. It's also the perfect height, I don't have to climb out, or climb in! I'll post a picture tomorrow, it's dark outside right now so I don't think one would turn out.

Oskar is doing very well! He walks normally, except that he walks like an 8 year old dog now, and not a puppy. The meds make him kind of sleepy, but we see the true Oskar when they wear off right before we have to give him more. He'll be off of everything in about 2 weeks. We may have to consider other alternatives as he gets older, but right now he has adjusted very well! Tomorrow I'll have a great post with lots of pictures!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Oskar is home!

Thank you for the prayers and concern! We picked Oskar up this morning and took him to our regular vet. When we picked him up from the emergency clinic, he still wasn't walking, though the vet said he did a little for him earlier. He spent a few hours at his regular vet's office and when we picked him up he was walking! His back end still falls a little bit, especially on slick floor, but he's getting around much better than he was last night. We have lots of medicine for him, and if need be we'll reevaluate and look into a doggie wheelchair/scooter, as mentioned by Shelly! We knew this was more than likely in the future for Oskar, but we've tried so hard to keep him from jumping. I'm just so glad he's home where he can get lots of love.

On a knitting note, I started my socks made of the beautiful Christmas yarn my SP sent me! Someone asked what kind of yarn it is, and now I would like to know as well! When I wound the yarn, I think my mom picked up the tag and threw it away! So now I can't remember! Secret Pal, if you see this, would you let me know what kind of yarn it was? Thanks!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Please pray for my dog

Oskar is spending the night in the animal hospital. They think he has a herniated disk. His back half is pretty much paralysed, but since he's a daschund, back injuries are common. He is getting iv treatments and steroids and stuff, and we'll pick him up in the morning and take him to our regular vet. If that doesn't help, then we might have to put him to sleep. Fortunately he doesn't seem to be in pain, just very agitated because he can't figure out why his back half can't move. Please continue to pray for him and my family. Letting my sister know tomorrow will be especially difficult (she went back to school this afternoon before he got sick).

Please pray for my dog

we're taking him to the emergency animal center.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

SP package!

I got a package from my Secret Pal today! She sent me the most beautiful yarn, it's Christmas colors! I'm going to get to work on them so I can wear them this season! The yarn is gorgeous! And she sent me a cute tape measure, which I'm always needing, no matter how many I have, and some colorful notepads! She also sent some wonderful looking orange sticks, which I think I might freeze. I love to freeze chocolate dipped orange stuff, I don't really know why, but they're just so good frozen! They were wrapped adorably, though I didn't get a picture of that because I was too excited to open it! I also received my "winter grey" wool bag that I won from Leslie Ann Black's Black Bags. I'll take a picture tomorrow, it's airing out in the garage right now! I'm so excited, this was a wonderful mail day!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Monster Juice!!!

My new medicine (which is working fabulously by the way) is made from the saliva of the Gila Monster! I find that ridiculously entertaining. I went to my PCP last Thursday for my cold stain stuff and he decided to do some blood work. We'd checked my insulin many times before and it was always normal, but this time my C peptides were the highest he'd ever seen (don't know what that means) but metabolic syndrome runs in my family (and since my doctor is related to me, he knew that) so now I'm on new medicine to hopefully prevent me from getting diabetes. The new medicine has raised my shot quota to 15 per week though. Well, 15 that I give myself. I've already noticed a huge difference since Friday!

Thursday, November 02, 2006


I have a nasty viral infection that is making my throat hurt! It's really just a strain of the cold, but apparently this strain has been lasting longer than most! I have a fever of 101.1 and I just feel yucky. In good news, I won a bag from Black Bags when I entered the Happily Handmade giveaway. I'm really glad I found out about the HHG on Lorinda's site because I found some new vendors I really like! I can't wait to try some new tea from SBS teas! I also received my sock yarn from Susie, and it's beautiful!