Saturday, May 29, 2010

One Down and One To Go (Cataract Surgeries that is)

It's been 3 days and many changes since my cataract surgery. The first noticeable change showed up on my way to Knit Night on Thursday. I kept thinking my driving glasses were dirty and needed cleaning, but cleaning didn't help. I then realized that I could see better without my glasses than with.

One of the signs of cataracts is often the loss of color perception, and after surgery colors are more vivid. I figured that doesn't apply to me, because I already see colors very vividly. NOT! By Friday morning, I started noticing that colors seemed so much brighter than usual; if I closed my right eye (the one in which I'd had the surgery) colors looked as usual. If I closed the left eye, WOW. And even with both eyes open, the brightness remained. 

Surprisingly, the third change is that I'm able to read, knit, and work on my computer mostly without reading glasses. This is surprising because often, even though the distance vision improves, you still need reading glasses. I imagine that there will still be instances where I will need some help reading small or faint print, but for now, I'm one happy camper. We'll have to see how my vision is when working at the torch.

The surgery on my left eye is scheduled for a week from Monday. I will be glad to have that over, too.

Monday, May 24, 2010

A New Chapter Begins

As I have mentioned, and alluded to in my blog's subtitle, I also work in glass. But when we moved permanently to Tucson, I had no glass studio, and so have been unable to do my thing at the torch for a couple of years. But that is about to change. We are at present setting up a workspace; and I am so looking forward to being able to create Artglass beads again, as well as small sculptures and vessels, not to mention pieces for shawl pins and closures.

In that vein, I needed some sort of closure for my 1000 Branches Kimono, and found the perfect Butterfly among my previously made beads:
To ensure that I'm at my best when at the torch, as well as all my other creative pursuits, I'm having cataract surgery on my right eye Wednesday, to be followed shortly by the left eye. The challenge now will be how to balance Glass and Fiber.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Translating Knitting Designs into Crochet

I've been wanting to translate some of my favorite knitting projects to crochet, mainly Feather & Fan, and some of Jane Thornley's. One project combines both: the Baked Squash Scarf. I made a few of them last Holiday Season, and I liked them a lot; but I really wanted to try my hand at crocheting one. This is the result:

I'm really quite happy with how it turned out, and I'm working on another one, as well as doing a vest simulating some of her stitch patterns. I'll post photos as they progress.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Those of you who follow TECHknitter's terrific blog already know that I won the prize she offered in a recent poll of her readers. She asked for suggestions of subjects they would like covered in future posts, with the added incentive of a prize to one lucky reader. The winner was chosen by random drawing, and I was notified Monday that I had won! The prize is a $20 Gift Certificate to a LYS (Tucson Yarn Co.) of my choice, AND a set of Addi Clicks interchangeable needles! Today is Wednesday, and I've received both already. How great is that? 

If you're not already a reader of  TECHknitting, I urge you to check it out. This blog should be your first avenue for How-To information on all aspects of knitting. It's well written, and includes great drawings illustrating the technique or other issue being addressed.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

May Squares

I finished the May squares for my 2010 CAL/BAM Afghan immediately, but as usual forgot to post photos. The squares are coming along very well, and I think the afghan is going to be great.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Inspiration is Everywhere

You'd think that living in the desert would be drab, all beige and sand colored. But nothing could be further from the truth. Especially now in Spring, when everything is flowering and greening up.

I wrote those few sentences when I first started this post a full month ago. I was so inspired by the Spring flowers and foliage everywhere I looked.  It's now a week into May, and almost Summer. Some of the colors are not as vibrant as they first were, but I had the foresight to photograph things when they were fresh.


I've been collecting yarns in these colors:

Now to decide how to put them together (which I'm sure the yarns themselves will tell me) and what project to make with them.