Monday, July 16, 2007

Trying to Ignore the Rumbling Stomach

I am on a clear liquids only diet today due to an upcoming medical procedure tomorrow - the dreaded colonoscopy. It's a routine-ish screening. I had a perfectly clear screening 6 years ago, but due to the fact that my mom died 2 years ago from colon cancer, it's not quite as routine a procedure as it might be for some folks. I think the worst part of the whole procedure is the preparation for it --- particularly the special beverage that you have to drink. At least this time I only have to force down a total of 3 oz instead of a whole jug, but still . . . It's funny all last week I had no problem ignoring breakfast. I'd be up by 7 and rarely had anything but coffee til about 9:30. Today, my stomach's been rumbling since 6 am!! I realize our meal schedule yesterday was interrupted by a 6 hour power outage but this is further proof that appetite is often a mental state too!

Anyway. We leave Thursday for our big vacation - a trip to England. We've been to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean, but this is the first time off the continent. I'm excited to say the least. I finished knitting my 2nd Bistro Shirt yesterday, and it's being blocked as I type. I'm hoping to wear it on the trip, so I hope it dries in time! I used Goshen again, from Valley Yarns, in sage this time. I made some minor modifications - a couple of garter stitch rows at the bottom to prevent rolling, a bit longer, and I knitted it a size smaller than my first Bistro.

I wore my lace stole to a wedding on Saturday, and to church yesterday. I received LOTS of compliments on it. Here's a close up of the lace pattern. Isn't it pretty?

I started work on a baby blanket - Debbie Macomber's Baby Blocks. I'm using Plymouth Leader, in lavendar. It's an acrylic yarn with a nice feel to it. This will be a present. I've got 2 more major projects in line - as soon as my yarn order arrives. I ordered some 2/14 Hand dyed Alpaca Silk in Storm Cloud from WEBS for the Mystery Stole 3 KAL and some more Goshen, this time in red, for the Valley Yarns Green River Tunic.

And I still have LOADS of sock yarn!


NH Knitting Mama said...

Sorry I'm late on commenting...

I hope the colonoscopy went well. And ENGLAND! Lucky girl! Hopefully you'll find some great yarns there.

Your shawl pattern is beautiful, would love to see pic of the whole thing!

Deb said...

Yes - I'm "clean as a whistle" according to the doctor. I don't have to do it again for another 5 years!

I'm hoping one of these days to get a picture of the stole "in action" as it were - It's hard to take pictures of yourself wearing your creations, and the other photographer never seems to be around when he's needed. LOL.

Amanda said...

Beautiful stich pattern on the stole! I'm glad the colonscopy went well. And I hate to say that I am jealous over the trip to England. I hope you have great time!

BT: Thanks for the comment on my blog.

Lisette M said...

I googled Green River Tunic and your blog came up. My mom is having trouble with the front, I believe she ends up with more stitches than they specified. Did you have any trouble?

Lisette M said...

Wanted to let you know, that indeed there was a mistake in the directions for the Green River Tunic. Webs emailed me the corrected instructions.