Sorry for the delay, but things have been in flux. You might not have noticed if you saw me in person, as I seemed pretty sedate, but on the inside I was a boiling pot.
Knitting first, since it is the most fun. I found a fabulous group of knitters to test my pattern designs for me. This was a scary step forward because someone other than a best friend or relative was going to have an opinion about what I made from scratch. I suppose it is similar to a writer who doesn't want anyone to read their works.
I set a date of September 1st as a deadline, and everyone managed to complete ahead of schedule. The Fields of Green sock is free, and I thought it would be a good way to get my feet wet in the world of pattern sales. It is an easy introduction to toe-up sock knitting. I had to completely change the original design within minutes of posting it as a test knit because I did my math wrong. So much for perfection! You can find the pattern here.
Mary Darby Robinson is a set of feminine, beaded armwarmers or wristlets for Fall. I was inspired after reading how she was a writer, actress, and love of the Prince of Wales.
The yarn was a gift from a friend of mine that she handspun. These really designed themselves while I just watched. I did have someone double-check my math this time! You can buy the pattern here.
Today, I uploaded and fought with the Ravelry site. I really struggled and was confused with how to get the patterns for sale and listed the way I wanted them. I seriously had to take a shower when I was finished because of the fear sweat. Sexy, huh? As it stands, there are two pages for one pattern. I am hoping the Sooper Editors will fix this soon. I also have three sweet little hearts under the pattern, so that made me feel loved.
For the life that surrounds the knitting, there is less excitement. I started a new medication, Mestinon, for my blood pressure. I am up to 1/2 a dose twice a day. I haven't had any bad side effects, but I do feel like my fatigue is worse. I am noticing that while my heart rate is very high still, my blood pressure on standing seems better. I am still having too many episodes of a pressure in the 70s and 80s, but can get a shower without huffing and puffing to blow the house down.
I had another echocardiogram done because there is concern that I have a rare form of cardiomyopathy called Takotsubo. I have not followed up on this yet. I have been avoiding it, to be honest.
Okay, enough about me...back to the knitting. Here is what I am currently designing. I am currently trying to figure out how it wants the ribbon to tie in the back.
This is a fun, textured twisted stitch knit. I might have to write it top-down, but haven't decided yet if that will be completely necessary.
Oh! I finished the curtains and sweater, but they need blocked. I will post pics next week.