September 08, 2006

Finished objects for everyone but me

Shortly after I posted the last entry, I saw not only one knitter, but two. In fact, the second one saw my socks, gave a big grin, and then sat down next to me and pulled out some lace (!). And I heard one or two people mumbling things about 'I should have brought *my* knitting' when they saw me in other panels, too.

Anyway. DragonCon was an absolute blast. I got very little sleep, but that made coming home and readjusting to the three hour time difference a piece of cake - if you're already a sleep-deprived zombie, time zones mean nothing! We stopped by the hospital to see my dad on the way home from the airport and what an amazing difference five days makes. In fact, all this week there've been more and more improvements - so many, in fact, that today they're kicking him out and sending home. He's still got a few weeks of outpatient therapy to look forward to, but it's all for little stuff now. My whole family is heaving huge sighs of relief, and busily scouring grocery store, recipe sites, and cookbooks for food that is not only low in sodium, but actually tastes good (so if you have any recipes you want to share, send them my way!).

But back to the knitting. Because I'm going to be mailing all this stuff off today, I figured I should get some pictures up first. First up are two pairs of pink ribbon socks with a single ribbon on the panel instead of two (as per their recipients' requests).

And next up is the Mobius Cowl, from DIY Network.

I made this out of one skein of 100% alpaca I picked up a few years ago from Tess Designer Yarns. It's so incredibly soft and snuggly against the skin and I am hoping that the silvery grey color is neutral enough to go with almost anything. The lace part of the pattern is extremely simple, and the cast-on was actually pretty easy to follow, once I remembered how to count (grin). I hope my One Skein Pal likes it!

Posted by Jenipurr at September 8, 2006 09:49 AM

Those are some fab socks!

*Squeeee!* DragonCon!!! I've always wanted to go. Have a fantastic yarn crawl tomorrow and I'll be waiting at the store for ya. We see you knitters coming and have been restocking like deranged house elves.

I'll be the Chinese girl working the signing :) Wave hi 'cause I always love meeting another blogger. (I came by way of Knit Flix blog)

Posted by: freecia {from Full Thread Ahead} at September 8, 2006 05:30 PM

Cheers for Dad! Low sodium hints: yes, I used to teach this for a cardiologist. Hunts has lead the way with no-sodium-added canned tomato products. Del Monte and even some house brands have also offered canned vegetables without added sodium, such as green beans or peas. Otherwise, it's best to buy frozen vegetables, without added sauces. You know, the bag you pour some out, and can twist-tie store the rest back in the freezer.

Other hidden high sodium foods are processed meats and cheeses. Many spices have "salt" as the first (most plentiful) ingredient. For instance, chili powder may be like this, or you might be able to find a brand without sodium at all! "Lemon Pepper" is the same way!

Appealing food without salt requires generous use of herbs and spices. Feel free to email me if you would like more information.

Posted by: Barbara-Kay at September 8, 2006 06:46 PM

YES! Your One Skein Pal loves the Mobius Cowl!

Hi, Jennifer! Thank you so much for being a GREAT "One Skein SP"! I really enjoyed the experience and am glad to have found yet another blog to read in the yarn world! :) The cowl is beautiful and very soft, like you said. I can't wait to wear it in the cooler weather that is surely coming soon! The skein of cotton that you sent was just heavenly, too! I really loved each of the skeins that you sent each month.

I received your final package last week, I believe, and am just now getting around to blogging about it! I went searching for your blog so that I could link to it from mine. Now the readers of my blog can come visit yours and see all the wonderful things you've made (LOVE those socks above).

Thank you again, and I look forward to reading more of your blog.

Posted by: Karla at September 20, 2006 10:19 PM