Fabric Report – Week 13, 2015

I think I can just copy my fabric reports for the rest of the year and nothing will change . . unless I make a point to make it change!!

Nothing in and nothing out.

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 7.75 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Yards to Goal: 192.25 yards
Net for 2015: 7.75 yards used

Yarn Report – March 27, 2015

I remember this about my fabric reports from  years ago. It was exactly the same as the yarn and I was buying fabric and adding to the stash and I kept saying I was going to do better and I never did and then one day . . I stopped! Almost instantly . . no more fabric buying. I suppose maybe that’s about the time I began buying yarn so hopefully I can stop buying yarn and not pick up any other “bad” habits.

I’m feeling good about my yarn buying. There are a couple of projects coming up that may require a yarn purchase but at least it wouldn’t be just yarn with no purpose. Laura Aylor has an adorable sweater that will probably need sport weight yarn and it will need to be something not hairy (not alpaca) and something in a good tone on tone so the stitches show. I doubt I have anything in my stash that will work for that. 

Rililie has a new pattern, Rhombing Around, that should be out any day . . could be out by now for all I know. It uses sport weight yarn and I may have enough Cascade 220 Sport to make it but I may not. I’ll have to see. 

I love Kodiak and so far I’ve resisted ordering yarn.

Back to the stash report . . before I do something crazy like order yarn!

This week I finished I finished Sandpiper Shawl, which was a test knit for Laura Aylor. I love it. I loved knitting it and can’t wait to wear it, though I’m thinking it might make a great gift for someone . . I’ll think about that.  It took 4 skeins of yarn.

I finished Pixelated Pullover and it took 9 skeins of yarn.

Nothing was added.

Used this week: 13 skeins
Used since 1/1/2015: 52 skeins
Added this week: 0 skeins
Added since 1/1/21015: 133 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2015: 81 skeins  (red means I’ve added more than I’ve used).

I’ll be back in the black before  you know it!  :)

Spider Bite Update

The best news is . . I can walk again! My foot is very sore and I can’t put much weight on it and I can’t wear a shoe (except my slippers) so there’s not much outside work getting done. The muscle (or is that a lump of fat?) in the back of my leg is very sore and that didn’t start til yesterday but the severe pain in my foot seems to be gone. Mostly I’m sitting in the recliner with my foot propped up. Our doctor is watching the red spot but he’s fairly confident there isn’t going to be a problem. It will be a few days before we’re sure.

To clear up a few things . . I’m not a doctor so I’m not giving medical advice but for me, going to the ER or to the doctor immediately was NOT necessary! For a brown recluse bite, it’s the tissue damage that follows a bite that’s the real problem, not the immediate bite itself, and the tissue damage takes a few days before it shows up. I did call the doctor on Saturday morning and he told me he wanted to see me on Tuesday if there was any sign of necrosis. So far, there isn’t.

Also, there is no antivenom for brown recluse bites. Our hospital doesn’t even keep it for black widow bites . . I went to the ER when I got bit by a black widow because I had always heard if you got bit by a black widow, it was certain death. Obviously . . it wasn’t true in my case. 

Had I gone to the ER, they would probably have given me antibiotics as a precaution and I was already taking those. They may have given me a tetanus booster and I had that in January. They may have given me pain meds, which I had from when I had kidney stones.

We’ve lived with brown recluse spiders for almost 20 years. They were as bad or worse in KY and we had our share of them in MO so we researched and knew what to do in the event any of us did get a bite.

I appreciate your concern but you’ll find that I am not one to run to the ER unless I know I have no other options . . a kidney stone and I’m in the car with the first pain, but for anything not totally necessary, I’m not going there. But, don’t worry . . I will use my head and make the right choice when faced with that decision.

The second thing is . . I did not have on flip flops when I got bit. It was probably worse but I had on Vince’s Crocs that have holes in the sides. What’s funny is I always shake them out before putting them on but this spider was in the grass.

I went out with one of the dogs. We take them out on a long leash and most of the time, I never get off the porch but on Friday, I decided to walk probably 25′ out to the closest pear tree to see if it was going to bloom. It was in that grass around the pear tree that the spider got me. I saw him as he crawled into the hole in the shoe but I couldn’t get my foot out in time.

You know what else is funny . . not one time when I’ve been bit did I have on flip flops. Yes, the Crocs were not very safe. The black widow was in my muck boots. As I always do, I shook them out and beat them on the concrete before sticking my foot in there and there was still a spider in there that got me. The scorpion bit me in my living room when I was sitting in the recliner. It had apparently crawled up Speck’s quilt that was hanging over the edge of the chair and touching the floor. You can bet nothing touches the floor now and I shake the heck out of every quilt, towel, shirt . . eveything! I examine the bed with a black light before crawling in at night.

I’m amazed that people raise kids in this part of the world. I can take it but if I had small children, I don’t think I could stay here. It scares me for Addie to even come and visit here. I can see us checking the bed for “monsters” every night with a black light. I’m thinking I’d better buy an extra black light for her to take home because she’s probably going to love it.

Vince did tell the neighbor . . one more bite and we’re probably outta here! I’m weighing my options . . do I get bit again so we can move back to MO or do I try to avoid spiders and scorpions for the rest of my life?  I figure that since we haven’t been here three years and I’ve been bit by two spiders and a scorpion . . chances are slim I’ll make it very long before something else gets me so I think I’ll start packing!  :)