Subscription Boxes

I’m thrilled to report that I purchased the yarnbox subscription box yesterday. I’m super excited. I’ll be getting my first box in February.

I’ll write about it as soon as I get it.

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WIP’s and Chains Excite Me.

I have a lot of WIP’s right now.

It started with a scarf, that I still haven’t finished.

My kitten was helping by distracting me from my knitting. I still love her though.

I’m still working on my temperature blanket. We’ve been having some unusually warm weather and so I’ve been able to put a few colors into play.

And while I was in bismarck this last Saturday, I stopped by Michael’s and picked up some Caron cakes.

Now I’m working on a loom knit blanket. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

That’s all for now. Happy knitting.

Long Time No Post

So. In my last post I said that I was going to explain my blood donation experience. It was good. I had a great time. The whole process took about an hour and a half. But, keep in mind I chose a complicated donation. Whole blood  (regular) donation takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour total. And you get to save lives!

I decided to donate platelets and red cells. My blood type is O-. It’s the universal blood type so my blood can be transfusion into anyone.

First is the interview process. This is where they ask you questions about your health history, certain medications, and sexual history. They also get your blood pressure, pulse and temperature.

They poke your finger to take a small drop of blood to test iron levels in your blood (to make sure it’s safe for you to donate blood). Then it’s over.

Then comes the part most people dread, the actual donation. Don’t look at the photo below if you’re squeamish.

Because of the type of donation I decided to do I was using a machine to filter out my platelets and red cells and my plasma was given back to me along with a small amount of anticoagulant. It took about an hour, so while I was sitting there, I played on my phone, watched TV, and chatted with my coworkers. I also got to eat some snacks and drink some pop.

It was a great experience. My coworkers are so good. I did have a small reaction. I started feeling like I was going to be sick and eventually I did vomit. But it was because I didn’t eat anything before donating. Learn from my mistakes and eat before you donate.

I made it all the way to the end. I waited my 15 minutes in the refreshment area, ate some snacks and drank some pop, and then I went out to lunch with my friend. I was feeling absolutely great after my donation. I know that my platelets and red blood cells are going to help someone who needs them. I think it’s a great privilege to donate my blood. I can save someone’s life.

Anyway, that’s it. Happy knitting.

8 Days Down

I just finished day 8 of my temperature blanket. It’s mostly light blue with one row of light green and one row of white. I can’t wait to see what it will turn out like at the end of the year.

I’m going out of town for a couple days. I’ll be back home Wednesday night. And of course I’m bringing my knitting. I won’t be bringing the temperature blanket because I don’t want to pack that many skeins of yarn to prepare for whatever temperatures might do while I’m away from home. I get Friday off though so I’ll just catch up then.

I’m going to go down to Bismarck on Saturday and donate some blood. It’s very important to me to donate blood when I can and how much I can. My mom used a lot of blood before she passed away. She used packed red cells and a lot of platelets. I feel it’s my duty to donate. I’m the universal donor blood type so I feel it’s even more important. 

I encourage everyone I know to donate. You never know who’s life you might be saving. I’ve done many different types of donations. I’ve done whole blood, double red cell, platelets. The only thing I haven’t done is plasma and that’s because my plasma is basically useless. It’s my red cells and platelets they need. They are all easy and painless, platelets take some time but it’s time that can be spent reading a book. I promise you won’t regret it.

I’ll write about the whole experience including pictures on Saturday.

That’s it for today. Happy knitting.

Starting my Temperature Blanket

I finished yesterday’s row and so far it’s looking really good.

It’s strange to me being this mindful of the temperature. We got some decently chilly weather over the last week. Hopefully it gets better.

Tonight is my company’s holiday party. I don’t really like the idea of driving for 4 hours to do this but it might be worth it. I don’t mind hanging out with my coworkers and we have games and stuff planned so it should be fun.

I will continue to knit my scarf on the way to the party. I’m getting close to the end of the first skein. I haven’t decided if I’m going to do 2 or 3 skeins. I feel like I’ll figure it out later.

Anyway. I should probably get ready to go. Happy Knitting.

What A Long Week.

I put in for some time off today. I’m hoping I can take some time off in the first part of may. With any luck I’ll have about a week off.

I decided this because the anniversary of my mom’s death is coming up quick and the pain is still pretty fresh. I know I’m not going to be a great person to be around at that point so I thought I should take some time off and collect myself before I come back to work.

Truth is I’ve been really struggling lately. I’ve had depression and anxiety disorders for many years and I’ve been on antidepressant medications for a while. Since the passing of my mom, they’ve gotten worse. It’s harder and harder to fine things that I enjoy doing even though they have been things I’ve enjoyed for years.

However, with that being said, my knitting and crocheting, and even this blog have become more of an outlet for everything I’ve been feeling. It’s a nice distraction from the confusion and loneliness.

Anyways, that’s enough rambling for today. Happy knitting!

Loom Knitting Part 2

I finished my hat! I’m so proud of this thing!

And I was just asked to make my coworker a hat. I even accepted it. I think that this purchase was easily the best $15 I’ve ever spent.

I know there are a lot of charities that desire hand knitted hats for premie babies, children with cancer, even adults with cancer. Maybe I’ll start knitting for those things. Charities like that have always been pretty close to my heart. My sister was a premie, my mom had cancer twice before she passed, and I’ve known a few people that have had cancer as children.

Anyways, I’m still working on my temperature blanket. I’m going to have a lot of colors in it. Our weather has been on one wild roller coaster for the last couple months. I’ll post pictures of it soon.

Happy knitting!