Sunday, June 19, 2005

happiness is....

- an almost finished back-tack project Posted by Hello
- a successful trip to the thrift store that yielded a cotton tape sweater (that came apart easily and will become a tank-top) and a bunch of (still current!) books (that included a conversation with the other woman looking through the soft covers and concluded with both of us recommending titles to each other)
- homemade (and not burnt) blueberry pancakes
- a clean(er) apartment
- a mild and sunny day after a week of cooler and wetter days

Kiri (up in the left hand column): I’ve tried to start this on a few occasions but don’t fully understand the cast-on instructions… Does it mean that I’m knitting around the rectangle of the knit up stitches that were knit from the provisional cast-on? (I’m fairly certain this is an easy thing that I’m complicating; it’s not the first time. I think part of the problem is that I can’t see what the directions mean, and it doesn’t look right when I start it. I can start it again this week and show pictures of what I think I’m supposed to do; that might make more sense.)

Overall this was a good weekend, and I did as recommend and kept busy with projects and started a few things that I knew I could finish in a reasonable amount of time. (I’m not usually an “instant gratification” person but it worked this weekend) Most of my school paperwork is done, and tonight I’ll balance a lit search on the benefits of antibiotics before/during/after open abdominal surgery and finish up my discharge note on our fictious patient. Tomorrow is a crazy day that’ll start with an early morning clerkship orientation and end with a late evening small group meeting. In between I’m headed north for an acupuncture appointment, and hope to make a few phone calls that I’ve been putting off.

At some point I need to review my clinical skills because Tuesday afternoon I have my final clinical skills assessment; this time it’s 8 standardized patients in 4 hours. I’ll have 18 minutes with each “patient” and 12 minutes for a write-up, and once it’s done I can hang up my white coat till I start rotations in August.

I finished a needle roll and a fabric bag for my back-tack project, and later this week I hope to get a small zippered pouch done. I need to review how to put a zipper in, but once that’s done I’ll put it in the mail. Before I know it June will be over and July will be here!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok - (a) I need to sleuth out what you're doing with the "back tack" project - looks fun! (b) re Kiri - that's my read. You cast on 3 stitches provisionally, knit for 14 rows (so garter stitch, with 7 garter stitch "bumps), then K3 (dropping the provisional thread to knit the live cast on stitches), pick and knit one stitch on each garter bump (K7), then K 3 at other end of the rectangle. Turn work, K3, P 7, K 3.

I'm not at all sure this is helpful. My advice - just dig in and do it. Kind of like trying to understand sock heel turning directions. They don't make sense until the turning is done. :)


10:58 PM  
Blogger J. said...

great back tyack project, very nice. Sorry no kiri advice but good luck with it

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

I am amazed that you get the things that you do finished, given that you are in med school!! Keep your chin up you are almost finished with classes :-)

8:22 PM  
Blogger Cari said...

Yep, knit up the garter ridge bumps along the side of the rectangle... Exactly.

2:27 PM  

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