The boucle yarn for Oceane arrived, and I'm re-knitting. I'll be honest -- ribbon yarn is not for the fainthearted, even with the boucle added in. Drop one stitch, and re-knit half your rows.
I also took the pink picot camisole out of the knitting bag, and frogged back to the border again. I'm determined to make this, if I can just work out the gauge issues. The challenge is to pick up the correct number of stitches without the body puckering where it meets the border. Normally when you pick up stitches from garter stitch, turned sideways, you pick up stitches between the purl bumps. When you have only 144 loops between the bumps and need 200ish stitches, this is a challenge. Note to self: think really hard about yarn substitutions for unusual yarns next time!
A generous prize arrived from Deb on the Web, who held a fund raiser for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation(CCFA)'s Guts & Glory 5K. Thank you so much, Deb!! Beautiful Koigu, which I have never knit before, an Italian Garden cookbook (inspirational even to me, who can only cook the plainest of meals), and a Crohn's & Me water bottle. Note to C&M promoters: please make us a Crohn's/IBD & me pet water bowl...
...speaking of which, our IBD cat Charlie went to the specialist last Tuesday for his endoscopy. Unfortunately, his IBD has turned into small cell lymphoma. For reasons researchers don't understand, it does happen in pets but not people, though humans with IBD are more susceptible to colon cancer. Thankfully Charlie's is a slow-growing, treatable kind, and 70% of cats respond well to the medication, also used by human leukemia patients (Leukeran). Please go over to Noolie Knits and support her Walk the Night fundraiser if you are so inclined -- I apologize for the shameless plug and hope no one is offended, but I am mighty grateful to everyone these days who puts time and effort into raising money for treatment and cures of these diseases.
On a happy note, the B12 shots are going well. Charlie's coat is becoming glossy again, and he's been more his usual self, coming around for company. A few weeks ago, he would hide under the bed and only come out to eat. And boy is he eating!! No tuna are safe and the grocery store may put us on rations!! If he is responding to the treatment, his doctor said he should gain weight in a few weeks. I really hope he can fill out again. Note to self: I promise a photo when he does -- I think he'd be embarrassed if I took his photo right now. He is a little bony, and one of his paws is shaved from his IV. He's very proud and particular that way.
Instead, I will share this photo of sweet little E, who is wearing the seed stitch jacket I knit for her back in April:
It is an honor to see her wearing it. I know her grandmother, my dear friend H, is knitting her a wardrobe any little girl would dream of. Isn't it wonderful to share something we love, with someone we love? Happy Knitting!