Changes.

It’s somewhat hard for me to believe that this use to be a daily activity for me……..but nonetheless, here I am, again trying to catch up.  I so appreciate you all stopping in to say hi, and I love reading your blogs as often as I can.  I was about to say, that I’m having trouble sitting down to write (but you all know that) and I could appologize, but in this community that hardly seems necessary.  For now, the blog is what it is.Several of you have commented that you hope I’m feeling better, that tests came back good and so on.  I have had some correspondence with a few of you, but  to fill you all in, I have been recently diagnosed with diabetes.  Now I know, this is not the worst thing that could happen, some of you live with the same disease, more of you know someone who does; it is by no means a death sentence.  What it has meant for me though, is a completely new way of thinking.  Figuring out what to eat has become another part time job, and keeping it all together has required some real effort.  I had none of the classic symptoms (excessive thirst, running to the bathroom all the time, and so on), only fatigue, which I attributed to an underactive thyroid, and weight gain which I attributed to just being lazy.  In retrospect, I had several symptoms, though they were easy to miss—the most glaring is a triglyceride level that was sky high and refused to come down.  Suffice it to say, though we caught it before it was out of control and still in the early stages, I’ve probably been diabetic for 5 or more years.  More than 20 million Americans have diabetes, and at least 6 million more probably are walking around undiagnosed.  (allow me to preach for a moment)  If you have not had a fasting blood glucose level checked recently, PLEASE DO.  Left too long, diabetes can cause serious health problems, not the least of which are kidney failure and heart disease.    About the same time I was having lab work done, the provider I work for decided it might be a good idea to have an ultrasound of my liver (I had some funky values on my liver lab work)—-what we weren’t counting on was finding my gallbaldder chok full of stones.  Once again I had been able to attribute my vague symptoms to something else.  I’ve seen the surgeon, and since I’m not yet writhing on the floor in agony, having it removed is an elective procedure.  I’m seeing another surgeon tomorrow for a second opinion, but I’m leaning toward having it taken care of before it becomes a problem at some inconvenient time.  Any opinions???Now, on to happy thoughts. 

The Lendrum has arrived, and it spins beautifully.  It is lovely to look at, has a nice solid feel and I’m loving it.  We are still in the honeymoon phase, but once we bond, it my be my favorite wheel.  I’m having a bit of trouble getting just the right amount of twist with my merino combed top—it wants to fall apart easily, but I’m getting better.  Could be it is just a difficult fiber, but I keep plugging away at it.  Any of you with Lendrums, have you had trouble with fine combed roving? 

I have three new projects on the needles since last I checked in.  First, MJ gave me this gorgeous mohair/wool blend yarn for my birthday (turns out MJ is allergic to mohair).  I immediatley cast on a simple garter stitch triangle shawl.  I’ve about used half of the yarn, and it’s coming along nicely. 

This weekend I went shopping with Kirsten, and picked up some cotton for a baby blanket for my collegue at work (I think I might have mentioned this before).  I’m doing the modern log cabin form this book, in very baby girlie colors (per Simons request).  It is cast on, and just started.

While I was in the store, it occured to me that I had not knit anything for our new grand-nephew, born a couple weeks ago.  (Is it grand, or great when your neice has a baby??  I never get it right..)  He will be getting the sweater on the cover of this book.   One sleeve is nearly done. 

The fair isle is languishing in the basket, not forgotten, but taking a time out.  It is meant as a long term, epic knit, and, well, there are babies to knit for.

In other big news—-the Yarn Harlot finally made it to
Denver, and some of our merry band ventured to the Tattered Cover to see and hear her.  What a blast!  Just five of us went, but joined the nearly 200 there to see Stephanie and pick up a book or two.  Stephanie was very funny, and was a real trooper to sit and sign soooooo many books.  We were among the last in line and she was gracious and kind and warm and altogether wonderful.  It was a real treat.   Here we are, all together.

(that’s Kirsten, Linda, Ellen, Chery and me, with everyone’s favorite Harlot  🙂 )

Now, I need to get some knitting done, before I get on the treadmill, get cleaned up and off to run errands.  I’m hoping to get the sleeve finished up and cast on the back (or another sleeve).  Maybe I can even spin a little.  Hope you are all well—-have a great week.

Oh, by the way—-

Estes
Park Wool Market is coming up.  Whose comin’????

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  1. Looks like the spacing ended up wonky–my apologies. Seems everytime I try to write a post, something goes wrong—-this time it took me three tries to publish, and I still have problems. Geesh.

  2. I’m coming! Several of us are coming. It’s great to see you post. Health is often a challenge. The changes you need to make will be good all the way around.

  3. Sorry to hear about the varying diagnosis. Your symptoms sounds very similar to mine, though I did just have a fasting glucose so I can only assume I’m still okay in that realm and while I keep thinking I’m having galbladder issues I show no stones. But I almost want them to just take it out and see if anything improves because I’m sick of feeling sick.

    The shawl is a gorgeous colorway! Sorry you’re having issues with your Lendrum/merino combo. With fine merino you need a lot of twist in the singles. Have you tried either upping your ratio or treadling faster? Hopefully someone can shed some light for you!

    I’m planning on being at Estes again! Yeah!

  4. I’ve been looking at a second wheel, when you have tested the Lendrum out for a while longer, please let us all know what you think. 🙂 I’m trying to decide which wheels I should look at.

  5. I must have missed a post re:getting a Lendrum. I know quite a few people love them.

    Re: type 2 diabetes – you know I have it. And I checked out perfectly healthy 10 months before the crash that landed me in the ER. It’s been 7 yrs and a long road but now I just take it in stride.

    Re: EPWM, I need to go up and visit a few vendor friends. Maybe will see you there.

  6. I already asked for the time off for Estes Park!! 🙂

    I’m sorry to hear about your health woes, but glad that things were caught before they got a lot worse. I can tell you that my brother felt the best he’d felt for YEARS and YEARS after he had his gallbladder out!

    I can relate to the new way you have to look at the food world, too – it does get easier with time and practice.

  7. Hey, I actually think I saw you at the Harlot. Of course I didn’t know it was you but non the less, I think I saw you. I wrote about my encounter with the Harlot on my blog. You should go and check it out.

    I think my friend and I are going to the Estes Park Wool Festival too. Maybe we can arrange a stitch and b*tch there?

    Marly
    knitthing.mypodcast.com

  8. Laurene

    I was diagnosed with Diabetes about 6 years ago & I have to say that it was the best thing that has happened to me in a long time (health-wise). What do I mean by that? It forced me to totally revamp my life & my way of eating, which has helped my health immensely. I’m even losing weight! I gave up eating sugar (maybe 90% of what I used to use), and started to eat whole grains, beans, more fish, less red meat & TONS of fruits & vegetables. I tried a few (oral) diabetes meds, but eventually found one that doesn’t threaten low blood sugars if I take too much: Precose (or Acarbose). I test myself on average about 6 times per day, and I tailor how much medication to take by what & how much I’m going to eat. That way, I’m not “forced” to eat in order to keep my BS from dipping too low. Does it work? My last HbA1c was 5.6%. This can be a positive thing for you too if you make it that way. Keep strong! Hang in there!

  9. Estes should so much fun. I’ll think of you.

    I know you will get on top of the eating and exercising and living better conundrum. Yeah, it does take time. I’m always a little stunned that we are old enough now to start seeing what our bodies are going to be doing to us (seeing what our genes have programmed in). Can’t ignore it anymore!
    I know I tend to do that.

  10. I missed this post when you did it; must have been one of my overwhelmed, hit the “mark all read” days. Sorry to hear about the DM diagnosis. I believe that medical people, including me, are the worst about ignoring their own symptoms. I’m sure you’ll get it under control, though.

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