24 September 2007

PSA. DR. NHL. WTF?

Public Service Announcement

Even though September is in its last week, I wanted to remind you that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, because often by the time it is diagnosed, it has already advanced to a serious stage. It is the fifth largest killer of women in the U.S., according to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. To find out what the symptoms can be, as well as the risk factors, check out the American Cancer Society or the Women's Cancer Network websites, to name just two. There have been a lot of advances made over the years, but a lot of what could be known about its causes and potential treatments and cure are still in the beginning stages. A diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence, if the disease can be caught early, and more and more, that is becoming possible.

You Know You Spend Too Much Time at the Doctor's Office/Hospital When ...

Everyone who works there a) knows you by first name, and b) also knows to ask about the book you are currently reading, and your current knitting project. I spent today having several routine tests and examinations, and no matter where I had to go, it was like I'd dropped in to visit friends. Which is a nice thing when you are going through all of the procedures, etc.. It did however, get me some mighty weird looks from other people in the waiting rooms. I actually heard one woman say to her companion, "She must be a real hypochondriac case!" As if.

Huh?

The Tim and Sebastian left a while ago for a pre-season exhibition NHL game. When Tim told me about getting the tickets as part of a Big Brothers promotion, he told me that the game was between the Flyers and the Green Bay Packers! I mentioned that such a game would be big news, and that I was surprised they had not written/televised any news stories about it. At which point he remembered that the opponents were the New Jersey Devils ("I knew it was some big rivalry.")

Delusions of [knitting] grandeur

I can't think of the last time this happened to me, but it has, on one or two other occasions. I realize that I suddenly have a bunch o' projects going, with others in mind, and am unable to talk myself out of putting any aside. Then a month or so goes by, and some of them sort of put themselves aside ...

Currently, I am knitting:

1. Jaywalker socks. Another pattern that I may be the last person on earth to try. I'm using some of Carol's Black Bunny yarn, in the Blue Agate colorway:
I've got a bit more knitted than when this was taken, but I'm enjoying the pattern, and I love the yarn.

2. A bag to be felted, using a little bit of this pattern, and a little bit of the pattern that came with this kit.

3. A pair of these. I have had the yarn I wanted to use for about a year, and have just now decided I must knit them ...

4. Yesterday was the start day of the Second Wave Clapotis KAL, so I'm starting that as well ... along with 100+ others!

There are two additional things I want to get started for birthday/holiday gifts. I won't be specific here, in the event that it would ruin any surprises. But I ask you - *what* am I thinking???

9 comments:

mary said...

Oh my, the Blue Agate color is so beautiful! So me that I'm jealous you are knitting with it :) I think I have to get some.

I am ALMOST done with the sleeves of my green cardigan, then I can start m Clapotis. Soon I hope.

Liz K. said...

As I was reading your post, I was knitting my first Fetchings finally too. Holy Fs, Batman!

They are quick and easy. You'll get them done in a weekend.

Kim said...

Aw, Tim. . . Gotta love it.

Linda said...

I think your doctor would diagnose you with 'startitis.' I continue to cast on new projects despite my resolve to finish my wips.

Your jaywalkers are beautiful. I have frogged mine twice due to sizing issues but will get back to them. I love Fetching also. I've been wondering how warm fingerless gloves but think I'd love the convenience of them.

I picked up needles and swatched for my clapotis. Now, I just need some quiet time and a clear head to get started.

Anne said...

That yarn is just beautiful!!!! Those are going to be some really cool Jaywalkers.

I'm starting tons of stuff, too. I forget how many lace projects/socks/sweaters are on the needles right now. Actually, I don't really want to know! Someone mentioned that Christmas is 3 months away today . . .

The Knitting Blog by Mr Puffy the Dog said...

Thanks for the reminder about ovarian cancer. No - you aren't the last person to knit a Jaywalker (I've got some Anne yarn destined someday for this pattern so I think I'll be the last). I think you have lots of nice projects going.

Brigitte said...

OK. Let me tell you about WIPs. I have 9 biggies on the go, not including socks, and including my Clapotis. I'm bad!

Maureen said...

Flyers and Packers...that really would have been quite a game.

Thanks for all of those links. I've just finallly gotten back into the medical system for routine PAP, mammogram, etc. My old DR retired almost 3 years ago and I've been very neglegent about getting a new one, but finally did so a few weeks ago.

Carrie K said...

You're supposed to have tons of WIP's. Oooh, Black Bunny yarn.

And wth? That woman in the doctor's office? It didn't occur to her you might be horribly ill? I suppose it's nice that you don't look that sick.....;)