Sunday, October 10, 2010

I've missed you!

I can't believe it's been two whole weeks without blogging! And I don't even have an excuse, I've just neglected you all. I'm completely beat when I get home from work, but I should have written at least something last weekend. Oh well. I'm back now, and I've got pictures to prove it!

Last Saturday I went and visited Anna and Peter for a lovely coffee break. The first and only completely gluten free bakery has opened up its doors about 5 minutes from where Anna lives, so we took a walk over there and just went nuts. I was like a child in a candy store! I can't remember the last time I had actually freshly baked bread! And we of course had to buy some cookies too:

These were, from upper left and clock-wise: Brownie, Chocolate Balls (and yes, there is a less politically correct name for these that I won't repeat here...), Cream-filled chocolate cookie and a vacuumer (that's the swedish name for the green and brown cookie). 

The three of us split all of the cookies into three (and Peter showed us just how to do that completely fairly), and had lots of tea with it. Me and Anna knitted and we all just chatted the morning away. It was just so nice, I haven't had a chance to hang out with anna for a while now so it was so much fun.

Anna has just discovered sock knitting, and these are her very first attempt:

They are knitted in Colinette Jitterbug, and are oh so soft. Anna is a VERY talented knitter, she's just tried fair isle for the first time and I don't know a knitter that won't turn a little bit green with envy at the perfection of it! The stranding was just perfect, and all the stitches were so incredibly even. I'm just amazed!

Last week I started my job at two new work places too. I'm still doing exactly the same work, just at two new locations. I now hava almost an hour to commute to both places, which is a bit dull, but I can manage. The work is still just as much fun, and all my new (and old) co-workers are all very nice. I just hope that I get to continue after new year! The long workdays means that I'm even more tired when I get home, but I'll get used to it soon.

Yesterday Me, Thomas, my sister Sanna and Anna went to a flea market that is held by the parents of one of our good friends. This is the same flea market where I bought my spinning wheel a while ago (and no, I still haven't taken up spinning, I just can't seem to find the time!), and they have lots and lots of fun stuff. I picked up these adorable, tiny candle holders/candles for practically nothing. I thought I would include my phone or something to show you the scale, but I think Hobbe managed that instead :)

Thomas found a complete stereo set for about $40 dollars, including speakers. This was awesome, as one of our speakers just recently gave up its last breath! He's trying them out right now with lots and lots of metal... I dare you to ask me how much I enjoy this!

I've actually acomplished quite a lot of knitting these past weeks, and for once I've actually got something to show you! I still haven't managed to finish anything, but I'm almost done with the tunic dress:

I think I'll finish it during the coming week. I've sort of had a new spark with this project this past week or so, and it's going really well so far. I think it looks great, and it is quite heavy so it should have a great drape as well.

I've come about 60 % on the India stole as well:

This is constructed by casting on 115 stitches with provisional cast on (I used the crochet chain one), and then knitting all the charts in one direction. You then pick up the provisional cast on and knit all the charts in the opposite direction. I've knitted almost 2 out of 6 charts in the second direction, but I haven't picked this one up for almost a week. I think this will get a lot more attention once the dress is finished.

I'm also knitting on a pair of socks, the Wanida socks from the Sock Innovation book by Cookie A. I haven't really made any progress on these, as they've been lying in my purse for the past two weeks, but once the stole is done I'll get to these too.

That's the knitting. And you know what else: Yesterday I took my very last anti-depressant pill! I've been decreasing my dose for two months now without any depression emerging, and yesterday evening was the last pill. Thank God! And once I started decreasing my dosage, most of my stomach problems seem to have disappeared too! I couldn't be more thrilled about that, and hopefully they won't come back. I asked the doctor if he thought that the stomach issues could simply be side effects from the pills, but as I had been on the pills for almost a year before the stomach spazzed out, he thought it unlikely. I think he dismissed the idea a bit too fast though, and I really, really hope I will be ok now! Yesterday I had a little bit of set back with the stomach, but one time in two months is ok. I can live with that!

Now I'm going to attend to the laundry. I'll try to be back sooner next time!

/ Jenny


Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

Oh my goodness I'm so proud of you with your pills!!! I really hope this means a new beginning with your stomach too!

And your dress... oh my goodness, Jenny it's so so so beautiful! could you remind me again what yarn you're using? The colour is simply to die for! It'll be great in the fall with some tights and a little top underneath!

The stole is of course gorgeous and I'm jealous of it, so it's not going to get a mention. :P

I can't believe I missed your new post on my blogs list!

Virginia said...

I've missed you too!

WOW. The dress looks amazing. I can't wait to see you in it.

Also, that's AWESOME about the pills. I'm so so happy to hear that your stomach issues are clearing up. Unfortunately, mine are still a mystery (am not on any meds) but they seem to be calmer right now.

Anyway, I have a line on numerous gluten free restaurants in NYC, including a gluten-free Italian place!