Archive for October, 2006


When I came home from work last night (well, 2:00 this morning actually), I changed out of my uniform and sat down on the couch to do some math. This house has tile floors, and it stays cold in here, so I was planning on working out how to knit a pair of worsted weight knee socks to lounge around the house in. It didn’t happen.  I took a few measurements, and that’s the last thing I remember.

When I woke up, I was lying on my laptop, the notebook I’d been writing in was on the floor, and my pajamas were wet. I’d had a seizure. Actually, it was the wet pajamas that clued me in – I always loose bladder control during a seizure. When I was finally able to stand up without falling over, I went to change my clothes. I ended up having another seizure, this time in my bedroom. Afterwards, I thought I was still at work, alone. I was running up and down the hall screaming for my co-workers Charlie and Justin and wondering why they left me there alone when realized that I was at home. Of course, I was alone here, too – The girls were staying the night with my dad, and I have no idea where my brother was – and I was scared. So I did something incredibly stupid –  I hopped in the car and drove to my dad’s house.

I’ve been having a lot more seizures lately than I’ve ever had before, and it’s scaring the hell out of me. When I was younger, I was told by my neurologist that I would grow out it. This isn’t supposed to be getting worse! None of the meds I’ve tried in the past year have worked so far. With every seizure, it takes a little longer to recover, and my delusions get a little worse. And I’ve never had more than one seizure in a day before now.

I just want to know what’s wrong with me, and how I can fix it. I’m afraid that I’m going to end up being unable to work and support my family, or something worse. I’m going to try to get an appointment with my primary on Monday so I can talk to him about some of this stuff. I have an appointment with my neuro on Nov. 7th, but I wish it were sooner.


More knitting questions

 I found this here, and figured that I might as well.
Favorite item to knit: Socks!

Least favorite item to knit: Anything with a deadline. I suck at finishing things on time.

Preferred yarns: Koigu (yum!) And pretty much anything that’s not acrylic.
Needle preference (material, type, size, etc.):  For DPNs, I prefer wood, but I do so love my Addis!

Do you use gauge swatches?: Not as often as I should.

Do you spin?: No, but I want to learn.

If so, what kind of spindle or wheel do you use?

Tell us about your knitting bag(s):  I don’t really have a knitting bag. I keep my traveling projects (usually socks) in ziploc baggies, and for larger things I have a basket beside my couch.

# of projects currently on your needles: 3

Do you KIP?: Oh yeah.

Do you knit at red lights? Nope. Too dangerous.

Favorite knitting book: I don’t have access to many knitting books, but the favorite in my collection (at the moment) is the Big Book of Kitting Stitch Patterns.

Last knitting related item you purchased: 4 skeins of Cascade 220.

Next knitting related item you plan to purchase: Size 0 circs and a couple of other sizes, too. And yarn for a sweater I’m planning for Arien.
Organs you are willing to sell to pay for all this stuff: I’d sell my brother’s entire body. I need all of my organs at the moment.

Continental or English: english

Toe up or top down: It depends. I’m currently knitting a pair of toe-ups

Most unique thing you ever knit: Hmmm, I’m not sure.

Most you would spend for one skein of yarn: $30

How you learned to knit: Various books and online tutorials.

How long you have been knitting: 2 years, I think.

Needle storage system: A drawer. I know, I need something more organized.

Yarn storage system: A little plastic dresser and a big plastic tub. Both are overflowing.

Socktoberfest Questions!

1. When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I am a self-taught sock knitter. I knit my first pair about two years ago.

2. What was your first pair? How have they “held up” over time?
My first pair was knit from some Bernat Hot Sox that my mom got me for Christmas in 2004. My very fist sock yarn! They were for Gracie, and were knit from the pattern on the ball band. She loved them, though she didn’t have time to wear them out before she outgrew them. I’ll post the picture as soon as I find it. I know it’s here somewhere. Found it!

First Socks

3. What would you have done differently?
I don’t think I would’ve done anything differently. They turned out pretty well for a first pair.

4. What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
Koigu (who doesn’t?), and my custom All Things Heather yarn.

5. Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I have crocheted two pairs of socks – one for myself (below) and one for a crocheted sock swap (no pic), but I prefer knit socks. I’ve done most of my socks on DPNs, but I’m really liking the Magic Loop.

Crochet Socks

6. Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I’ve done both, so it depends on the pattern, I guess.

7. How many pairs have you made?
I’ve finished at least 6 pairs, and that’s great for me. I have finishing issues.

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