Not-Quite-Spring Clean Up

It’s starting to feel like that time of year again.  We had a couple of slightly less frigid days that normal, and all of a sudden I remembered what spring feels like.  The birds were singing.  The breeze didn’t make my eyeballs freeze.  And for about a day I thought about Spring Cleaning, that mythical act of airing out and freshening up your home, office, wardrobe, stash, whatever.  I got about as far as washing my car and organizing my knitting patterns before I lost steam.  It’s just as well, because it got cold again.

But I did come away with a couple of things that got spring cleaned.

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I took apart an old binder and re-purposed it as my new and improved knitting pattern library.  This binder now holds all the patterns I have printed out or purchased since I started knitting.  They are each housed in their own plastic protective sheet and are organized by anatomy of use, ie Feet, Hands, Head, etc.  it felt good to get all those papers tamed and accessible; and let’s not forget how much I love using my label maker!

As far as Spring Cleaning and knitting go, I whipped up one little FO but didn’t make noticeable progress on any of my other projects.  Most of my knitting time went to working on a sharps container cozy, a knit born out of the desire to cover this ugly/scary thing:

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Before

This box is sitting on the back of the toilet in my bathroom, awaiting its daily needle disposal responsibilities.  Now I’m not typically a cozy person (although I have been tempted by all of the beautiful tea cozies over at Princess Pea’s), but thought it would be nice to cheer this process up a bit.

I went to my stash and pulled out all the little leftover balls of yarn that spoke to me.  I found bright pinks and greens, and a couple shades of purple.  I then grabbed a brand new ball of teal yarn to act as a unifying background color and set to work.  My design was nothing more complex than knitting with a strand of teal and another color held together until I felt like changing, then randomly grabbing a new color from my knitting bag.  I did this until it was long enough to wrap around the box, then finagled a 3 needle bind off with 2 needles and a cast on edge.  It worked, and I didn’t have to seam anything together!

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After

  • Pattern: Be a Happy Pincushion sharps container cozy by Me

  • Yarn: Paton’s Classic Wool Merino in color 77734 “Too Teal”, 3/4 skein, and varying amounts of leftover wools.

  • Needles: US size 10

  • Notes: This method could easily be used to blend disparate yarns and leftover bits into any knitting project.

This was a fun way to use up some leftovers and to cheer up my surroundings.  When you have to give yourself daily shots, it’s nice to have something a little silly around to remind you not to take yourself too seriously.  I’m considering hanging up some Teen Beat posters and getting a hot pink Troll doll to finish off the look.

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For those of you wondering what all the shots are about, here’s the brief update:

I am currently going through an infertility treatment called In-Vitro Fertilization.  The protocol is different for everyone; for me this means I am taking hormones to stimulate egg production and having blood work and ultrasounds done to monitor my body’s response.  In a few more days I will go in for an egg retrieval surgery where the doctor will remove all these eggs and then fertilize them in a lab.  If all goes according to plan, they will put no more than 2 healthy fertilized embryos back and I will get pregnant.

That’s the long and the short of it!  It means that I am tired and bloated and excited and nervous all at the same time.  I may not be blogging much in the next couple of weeks as this is an intensely personal process and I need to focus.  Rest assured that if I finish any of my knitting projects I will let you know!

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17 thoughts on “Not-Quite-Spring Clean Up

  1. The box definitely looks better wrapped up in a colorful cozy! And I’m sure it’s much better for your mental health to look at some lovely knitting while you’re taking a shot (rather than a scary biohazard mark). I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you and Sweetie too. I hope everything goes well!!

  2. Totally hear you on the spring cleaning bit. And I think you’ve got a great mindset – that cozy is fantastic! Positive thoughts for you and Sweetie 🙂 Take good care!

  3. Positive thoughtsw being sent your way. We jokingly called my sisters treatments the “swim meet” and the cryo genic tank “the practice pool”

    I know this time is agonizing for you, and I hope that good news will follow soon.

  4. I’ll be rooting for you and Sweetie and throwing in some good prayers and happy thoughts too that everything goes well and you share some good news at SnB soon!

  5. As soon as I saw the sharps container, I wondered. I have a bright yellow one that does not please me. I’m considering knitting something to make it less ugly, too.

    I am at the tail end of another IVF cycle so I get what you’re going through. All the best.

  6. I absolutely love the binder for the patterns, I MUST do something like this. Also, good luck with IVF. DH and I are planning on starting infertility treatments soon, so thanks for sharing what you are going through!

  7. I like the idea of a naked troll placed by the container! I think I have one with your name on it! And if you really need it I can break out the My Little Pony stash! Thinking of you, much love sista!

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