18 April 2019

Up and Running Again

Well, after a lot of fiddling and finally making a purchase of a teeny little wi-fi attachment, my laptop is back among the living.  This is pleasing, mainly because if it died, I was out of luck, since we are not even close to having available funds to purchase a new laptop.  But we were able to spend under $20 for the little attachment.  Phew!

You know what I missed the most?  Not being able to easily post here or read blogs, or do it in a leisurely way.  And not being able to watch or listen to the podcasts I enjoy.  Don't get me wrong, I do check social media regularly, but not being able to check it wasn't what bothered me the most.  Granted, I was also not overly upset about not being able to read blogs or the whole podcast thing, but I did miss it.  I did realize that I clearly spend a lot less time online than most people I know, so that was interesting.  Who knew?

Over the weekend, I did actually finish the knitting and the weaving in of ends on my Neverender!  You can sorta/kinda see it here (along with a bonus shot of Jack's butt ...).  You may remember that I mentioned finishing my Tart shawl as well, about ten days/two weeks ago.  Well, since then, I have been looking everywhere for my blocking stuff.  And I have had no success.  I'd gotten to the point where I figured I must have put it someplace weird where I would only find it after I'd broken down and bought new stuff.  I mentioned it yesterday at work, and one of my knitting co-workers said, "Oh my God - I have it!  You loaned it to me a few months ago, when I finished a shawl.  Now that I think I'm becoming a 'real' knitter, I bought my own stuff, and keep forgetting to bring it back to you!"  She felt bad, but I was just relieved that I hadn't put it all somewhere weird.  :-)  Of course, I will have to wait until next week to do anything even if she brings it to me today, because we are having guests for Easter weekend.  But soon I should be able to share some "official" FO pictures.

My next knitting project will be a special pair of socks.  A friend of mine's husband has been on dialysis for years, and has been going downhill quickly over the past couple of years.  She put out a call on Facebook for kidney donors, and though there were no matches as a result of that, a ton of people did get tested, etc. and put on the registry as potential donors, once it was shared, etc.  So that's good.  But even better is that a few months ago, they found a donor for a kidney transplant!!!  Sadly, they couldn't do anything then, because Brian was recovering from pneumonia.  But right now, the surgery is planned for May.  I have been feeling bad because other than sharing the Facebook post, I couldn't do anything to help.  But now that he will be able to get the transplant, I wanted to do something to celebrate.  So I found some lovely yarn and have decided to knit him a pair of socks.  He'll be housebound for at least 2 months after the surgery, and I know from experience that after surgery, even in the summertime, sometimes you can have cold feet.  So my next project will be to cast on socks for Brian.

(Of course, I may have something else going too, but those will be my primary project until they are finished.  I mean, everyone needs *some* variety, right???  ;-)  )

I am going to use a pattern that was just released today, the Red Brick Socks pattern from The Crimson Stitchery.


I am so thrilled that this pattern was finally released just in time for me to start Brian's socks!  (BTW, you can get a discount on the pattern by using the coupon code THANKYOU on Ravelry.  The code is good through April 25.)

So, I am indeed up and running again, and should be able to post regularly.  Technology is always good, until it isn't, right???

12 comments:

Kim in Oregon said...

I'm so glad you are back!

AsKatKnits said...

I am glad the fix was fairly easy (and relatively inexpensive!!) And, I love those socks! Thank you for the heads up!

Kym said...

What a thoughtful gift, Bridget! Your friend Brian will greatly appreciate having a warm pair of lovingly-knitted socks. :-) (And I'm so glad you're back to blogging and other things wifi-related.)

Vera said...

Ditto - glad you are back!

Looks like a good sock pattern. And, congrats on your two finishes!!

Dee said...

Welcome back!!!

Lilly's Mom said...

Happy to hear that yoyou' back online with your computer. Wishing you a Happy Easter! 🌸🐰🌸🐰🌸

Kim in Oregon said...

I didn't know that Mrs. Wilson was Ruth's grandmother! Was she in that montage at the very end? Have to go look now.

Nance said...

Welcome back to the Interwebs! I'm glad it was a relatively inexpensive fix.

And congrats on your FO's, especially since you were unable to knit anything for so very, very long.

Araignee said...

A nice pair of socks are always a welcome gift!!!

karen said...

Your friend will love the socks! I think that is a great idea. And you thinking of him and hoping for him to get a match is doing something. Positive vibes sent to others works wonders.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Hooray for technology! (For today at least!)

Mereknits said...

How lovely of you to make socks for someone who very much deserves them. I am sending positive thoughts to your friends husband for his kidney transplant.