February 16, 2009

Blame It On The Rain

It's cold and rainy. Unusual for Palm Springs. Not so great for hanging out by the pool. Perfect for knitting.

With Lucy's hair loss, the drop in temperature and in preparation for camping, it was clear that she was going to need a sweater. Unfortunately, the Mr won't take her out if she's girly, so pink was out. The green is nice though and the stripes make it a little Sporty Spice.

I based the pattern loosely on a number I found online. It's the first time I've knit anything just using measurements and not a pattern with a stitch count to follow. It turned out pretty well - a little big around her chest, but the increases were looking so nice that it was hard to stop. Not the greatest of photos - but you get the idea.

February 14, 2009

February 11, 2009

I Do Think We've Lost Our Minds

We bought these and are planning to spend the summer traveling through Arizona, Utah, Montana, Oregon and California. Maybe even Wyoming.

It's all a little confusing and I'm not sure who I'm becoming. I mean, the brand of the trailer is Tango...as in Whiskey Tango. The good news is that it's not a tent. And there is plenty of room for yarn. And vodka. And Lucy. Lucy's the real reason for the summer plans. I can't leave her again and she can't leave the country. So, we will all be together and see a bit of this country. It won't be so bad; right?!

January 21, 2009

Knitting to Feel Better

I have a friend who is going through some heavy medical stuff. She's already been though so much and has a pretty knarly treatment plan ahead of her. She's such a trooper though and amazingly stays positive most of the time. We've all felt a little helpless and would do anything to make it all go away. We look for things to make her feel better. We've brought food over for her and her husband. We've driven her to doctor appointments. We've listened and been supportive, encouraging. And me, well, I knit. That's what I do. I knit for her.

Socks to warm her feet up.

A lovely cashmere / silk (Filatura Di Crossa Trilly) hat in the prettiest of shell pinks to hide the hair loss and help her feel fancy.

And I knit for me. I knit to make me feel better, like I'm doing something for her. Every stitch is a little something.

January 5, 2009

The Third Onoclogist Appointment

The best news ever. Lucy is in remission! We couldn't be more relieved. She's not cured, but she's responding well to treatment. Her energy level is back to normal. She's eating well and actually thinks her high protein cancer diet rocks!

And now the goal is to keep her in remission for as long as we can.

Oh, and I'm still working. Which is great because her treatment is not cheap.

December 24, 2008

December 8, 2008

The Second Oncologist Appointment

The mass is gone from her chest! Dr. Macy couldn't have been more pleased during her appointment yesterday. He did a second infusion of chemo drugs and she'll be completely off the steroids. Her liver enzymes were a bit elevated, but aside from that and the cancer, she's in good health!