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Mar 5, 2019 13:01:27   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
MissMelba wrote:
Greetings LPers. I was offline for the weekend having been out on my MS bike ride. It was a good ride and I pedaled all 150 miles without any issues. Well, other than the normal issues related to that much time on a bicycle, lol. A bit of progress on the WIP's but no completions. I hope to have Aloha Tahoe! MKAL shawl done by the end of March. I have fifteen rows plus the bind off left. There are just under 500 stitches per row right now and they are beaded so it is slow going. But all is good.

Barbara (babalou) - hope you are feeling better by the time I write this. Itchiness is terribly distracting.

re: melatonin - I am a light sleeper so many years ago tried melatonin. Nope. Not for me. I was hung-over the next day and I actually slept fewer hours. Second try had the same results.

re: Japanese stitch books - I recently purchased two by Hitomi Shida: Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible (260 patterns) and 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches. Both are English translations and purchased on Amazon for a reasonable price. I would not recommend the Kindle version as the patterns are charted only so the paperback (it is large) would be better IMHO. There is a bit of a learning curve for the setup of the motifs. The patterns are for the stitch motifs only, there are no full projects. Very beautiful designs.


I met up with the people I rode with last year so I had some riding partners. The lady only rode on Saturday as her training was less than mine, lol. But she made 55 miles so that is awesome. The guy rode both days and we helped each other along. Total time was 9 hours 45 minutes on the bike for a distance of 150 miles. I am pleased with that time as my training has been spotty at best. We riders raised a decent amount of money for the MS Society.

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Greetings LPers. I was offline for the weekend ha... (show quote)


Good for you! That is quite the accomplishment. I was training to do this back in 1994 when I was dianosed with cervical/uterine cancer. Such is life.

That many hours on a bike can get uncomfortable. In many ways.

That is a lot of stitches on the needle and with the beads, definitely not a quick process.
 
Mar 5, 2019 13:07:47   #
eshlemania
 
Lurker 2 wrote:
Unfortunately the tangle has magnified greatly- most of the yarn is now involved in it- so each row has become quite daunting in the amount time demanded getting enough yarn extracted to complete the row.


Oh, my, Julie. So sorry you are having so much trouble with the yarn.
Mar 5, 2019 13:13:45   #
eshlemania
 
Babalou wrote:
Thanks, Julie. I’m going to the doctor today at Urgent Care. Wednesday night I started itching all over, rather like a frantic itch that doesn’t go away when you scratch. It has really kept me from sleeping, one hour sleep followed by hours of wakefulness, and accompanied by bad headaches. Poor appetite, too. I talked to the doctor’s nurse on Thursday before I tried any remedies as I didn’t want to make it worse. It is getting better with the help of Benadryl. My thought is if Urgent Care thought I needed more diagnosing I could get into the primary care doctor sooner than April, his schedule is that booked. I am trying not to be depressed and don’t even feel like knitting.
Thanks, Julie. I’m going to the doctor today at Ur... (show quote)



Oh, my, Barbara. I do hope you have figured out what is going on by now.
Mar 5, 2019 13:19:20   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
run4fittness wrote:
Good for you! That is quite the accomplishment. I was training to do this back in 1994 when I was dianosed with cervical/uterine cancer. Such is life.

That many hours on a bike can get uncomfortable. In many ways.

That is a lot of stitches on the needle and with the beads, definitely not a quick process.


Can it ever get uncomfortable- that is why I sewed myself a padded seat cover from some genuine sheep skin I had. Made a huge difference. I found the seat on the stationary bike so uncomfortable, plus I had such difficulty getting my leg over the bulk of the mechanism it has gone to the Hospice Shop. The plan is to invest in a sort of free standing cycle mechanism, that you can put in front of your comfy chair- and peddle that.
Mar 5, 2019 13:20:43   #
eshlemania
 
Belle1 wrote:
Greetings from the mostly silent visitor. Please accept my apologies for being quiet (what a change for me). The last month has been rather strange what with increasing (positive) interactions with my new neighbors, Mother Nature's little tricks, my being in the doldrums, etc. Finally, broke down a few days ago and made an emergency visit to my doctor to take care of a bad infection that popped up in my left elbow and while there we decided to also revisit some problems I've been having with asthma. Even after a few days, I'm feeling far more energetic, elbow is not so painful and is clearly healing, and breathing is a lot easier. On the other hand Mother Nature has left another mess in the driveway, but I'm planning on heading into town tomorrow since we don't have a lot of standing water/ice at the moment -- but still plenty of snow to melt off. Since I've been home more in the last couple of weeks, I have been indulging in a lot of baking. Yesterday did Pita. A few days earlier I tried Lavosh which turned out really well (never made them before, but certainly have enjoyed eating them). and I think before that, it was focaccia with rosemary. Its nice having someone close by who is willing to share my "excess" production and it has been very rewarding for me to try some new things and revisit some of my old standbys.

Then in the last couple of days I pulled out the crochetted blanket I had started using Sweet Cakes and just finished it up. I still haven't picked up my knitting needles, but my whole front room is currently being used for a stash reorganization zone. Reorganizing and compressing my storage bins are the first step to overhauling my sewing room. All of this in anticipation of integrating all of Mom's stuff into mine.

The sewing machine repair man pronounced the "slight failure" as a sheared gear in the bobbin assembly on my machine; so, had to take it back to his shop in Klamath Falls. I should get it this next Thursday. Wouldn't it be great if I had the sewing room cleaned up by then.

Dodie it is so nice to have you back. Sounds like you are making progress with your health in leaps and bounds (no pun intended). And NancyLea anxious to see your Niebling. It seems that many of us are just not at our best at the moment -- spring fever, winter blahs, of whatever the cause. I have noticed that the sun is indeed up and shining by 6:00 now and the days are lengthening too; so a change of season should be coming soon.

Here are a couple of pictures of the blanket. I used 5 Sweet Cakes and about half of a skein of another yarn for the border. The final ended up being about 32" x 35".
Greetings from the mostly silent visitor. Please ... (show quote)


Lovely blanket, DeEtta.
Mar 5, 2019 13:24:02   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
eshlemania wrote:
Oh, my, Julie. So sorry you are having so much trouble with the yarn.


It is proving quite a battle- yesterday I spent most of the day untangling- managed only enough to knit two and a half rows!
 
Mar 5, 2019 13:31:39   #
eshlemania
 
MissMelba wrote:
Greetings LPers. I was offline for the weekend having been out on my MS bike ride. It was a good ride and I pedaled all 150 miles without any issues. Well, other than the normal issues related to that much time on a bicycle, lol. A bit of progress on the WIP's but no completions. I hope to have Aloha Tahoe! MKAL shawl done by the end of March. I have fifteen rows plus the bind off left. There are just under 500 stitches per row right now and they are beaded so it is slow going. But all is good.

Barbara (babalou) - hope you are feeling better by the time I write this. Itchiness is terribly distracting.

re: melatonin - I am a light sleeper so many years ago tried melatonin. Nope. Not for me. I was hung-over the next day and I actually slept fewer hours. Second try had the same results.

re: Japanese stitch books - I recently purchased two by Hitomi Shida: Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible (260 patterns) and 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches. Both are English translations and purchased on Amazon for a reasonable price. I would not recommend the Kindle version as the patterns are charted only so the paperback (it is large) would be better IMHO. There is a bit of a learning curve for the setup of the motifs. The patterns are for the stitch motifs only, there are no full projects. Very beautiful designs.


I met up with the people I rode with last year so I had some riding partners. The lady only rode on Saturday as her training was less than mine, lol. But she made 55 miles so that is awesome. The guy rode both days and we helped each other along. Total time was 9 hours 45 minutes on the bike for a distance of 150 miles. I am pleased with that time as my training has been spotty at best. We riders raised a decent amount of money for the MS Society.

.
Greetings LPers. I was offline for the weekend ha... (show quote)


Wow, Melanie. Way to go! 150 miles is no mean feat!
Mar 5, 2019 13:41:09   #
Sorlenna (a regular here)
 
MissMelba wrote:
Greetings LPers. I was offline for the weekend having been out on my MS bike ride. It was a good ride and I pedaled all 150 miles without any issues. Well, other than the normal issues related to that much time on a bicycle, lol. A bit of progress on the WIP's but no completions. I hope to have Aloha Tahoe! MKAL shawl done by the end of March. I have fifteen rows plus the bind off left. There are just under 500 stitches per row right now and they are beaded so it is slow going. But all is good.

Barbara (babalou) - hope you are feeling better by the time I write this. Itchiness is terribly distracting.

re: melatonin - I am a light sleeper so many years ago tried melatonin. Nope. Not for me. I was hung-over the next day and I actually slept fewer hours. Second try had the same results.

re: Japanese stitch books - I recently purchased two by Hitomi Shida: Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible (260 patterns) and 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches. Both are English translations and purchased on Amazon for a reasonable price. I would not recommend the Kindle version as the patterns are charted only so the paperback (it is large) would be better IMHO. There is a bit of a learning curve for the setup of the motifs. The patterns are for the stitch motifs only, there are no full projects. Very beautiful designs.


I met up with the people I rode with last year so I had some riding partners. The lady only rode on Saturday as her training was less than mine, lol. But she made 55 miles so that is awesome. The guy rode both days and we helped each other along. Total time was 9 hours 45 minutes on the bike for a distance of 150 miles. I am pleased with that time as my training has been spotty at best. We riders raised a decent amount of money for the MS Society.

.
Greetings LPers. I was offline for the weekend ha... (show quote)


Congratulations! That's a terrific achievement.
Mar 5, 2019 14:26:23   #
Babalou (a regular here)
 
eshlemania wrote:
Oh, my, Barbara. I do hope you have figured out what is going on by now.


Thanks, Bev. I’m seeing the nurse practitioner Thursday morning. A friend of mine suggested shingles as a possibility. I sure hope not.
Mar 5, 2019 14:53:20   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
Thought I would post again the URL for the new Lace Party, that nancylea so kindly started for us- as so many are still posting on the first one,
I have just noticed though that my notifications have not been coming through- perhaps that is what is up!

However, here it is!

https://www.knittingparadise.com/t-592532-1.html
Mar 5, 2019 15:24:18   #
MissMelba
 
Thanks to all for the comments about my bike ride. It is a good cause. See everyone over at the new LP!
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