Thank Yous and Gift Making


Let's start with the awesome, shall we?  On Monday this past week I stopped by our local florist to deliver some prints from the wedding of their bouquets that were beautiful.  The florist has a photo album of weddings they've done and I loved looking at "real" arrangements.  Imagine my surprise to receive a bouquet to thank me, thanking them.  This world is full of good good people.


I finished my sweater last weekend and blocked it willy nilly.  Only to try it on after two days of drying and finding out that the slap dash blocking is NOT flattering to my figure.  Ahem.  So I re-blocked the sweater on Tuesday using a measuring tape -- so far I love my sweater!!  Now to weave in ends and do the photo shoot.


I've been Santa this week cranking out mitts for gifts that need to be done by this weekend (sort of self imposed deadline...).  I am happy to report I think I'll be finished-phew!

Now for the eye update.  I went to the doctor on Wednesday and unfortunately the steroid drops made my eyes feel fantastic and masked how dry they were and I lost some healing ground.  So I'm still on the antibiotic drops and decreasing the steroid drops and doing lots of moisturizing drops...  She said and I quote "these things take time".  Ugh.  I'm done mostly with my ranting and raving and complaining (who me??).  I am diligently following doctor's orders hoping that when I see her in two weeks I'll have good good news.

When I am done with this treatment, I'm slathering on every single eye shadow and mascara I can get my hands on.  I've been using only eye pencil and liner for weeks and my eyes feel naked.  Imagine Boy George in his glory days, yeah, that kind of eye makeup :)

Anyways, I'm off to get stuff done around here.  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Also my friend Tracey has opened up an etsy shop if you're looking for some handmade knitted gifts.  Check her out!


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  1. You're gift list is going to be full of happy people. The mitts looks warm and cozy. Hope you have good news on your eyes. I know what you mean about eye makeup and I hope you heal well enough to slather on everything you want. I had to give it up years ago and that's just the way it is. Your bouquet is beautiful and very thoughtfully given!

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  2. Your Fetchings are quite fetching, as is your lovely bouquet! I'm hoping that your diligence, patience, and time will give you some good eye news in two weeks.

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    1. me too, and I'm being super duper diligent!

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  3. The flowers are so pretty and how nice of your florist to thank you for your thank you. :-) You are going to make some people very happy with your mitts, they all look great! Can't wait to see you model the sweater!

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  4. Karen, I saw on Ravelry that today's your birthday! so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend and treat yourself to knitting, sleep, chocolate! xo Tammy

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  5. Happy Birthday! (saw the previous post) Hope your eyes heal very soon--I went through something similar many years ago due to careless contact lens habits and I was not able to wear them for about 9 months. I also had to do without mascara.

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    1. I hope I am finished before nine months :) I am trying to be patient and just follow the doctor's orders.

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  6. The flowers are beautiful, what a wonderful gesture. Good luck with reaching your deadline I am sure the recipients will be thrilled. Here's hoping that you can slap on all the make up you want to in a couple of weeks. Have a great weekend.

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  7. Oh Karen, these things do take time... don't rush it :0) the flowers are just beautiful!!! and yes, I have visited Tracey's shop. I already thinking of some of her things for my list :D

    mari

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    1. you sound like my husband, he says I should be patient (impossible!).

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  8. Hey Karen, how lovely are those flowers and mitts.
    I'm sorry about your eye condition you have been struggling with so long and it definitely doesn't help if they tell you that it takes time. I hope it really won't take too long anymore.

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  9. The world really is full of good, good people and I am so happy to say that one of them is my good friend You!
    Happy birthday Karen, enjoy your day, eat lots of fattening food, knit and laugh!
    Much love.

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  10. Happy birthday, Karen! Those flowers are really beautiful--and it is no wonder to me that you received them. Look at all those mitts! What a lot of knitting you've been doing. I can't wait to see your sweater.
    I will keep praying for your eyes.♥

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  11. I know how you feel about the eye makeup. I hate to put mascara on but my eyes look horrible without it! I'm so glad you are on the mend. I know you will get those gifts done on time. How do you like that Ella Rae yarn? I used that for my Hiro sweater and it seems to be wearing well. And is super warm!

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    1. I love ella rae very very much! I also like patons wool as well. I used to like cascade 220 but it feels rougher than it used to...not sure if it's me or them.

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  12. Go you on that Christmas knitting - you are really cranking it out!!! Isn't annoying to hear that phrase, "these things take time......" Argh. Whine away - you deserve it!

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  13. Sorry about the eyes, again. :( I can imagine Boy George (was thinking of that song, Karma Chameleon just yesterday and thinking how I loved that song...ha!). Birthday? Hope it's a happy one!!

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  14. So sorry that your eye problem is going on for so long. Very frustrating!
    I see your Fetchings also curl a bit. Maybe I'm just being OCD about this pattern. I love the way yours look.

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  15. I am not surprised that the florist sent you a thank you bouquet, dear Karen. I doubt very seriously that they ever have very many people come back with pictures and thank them for helping to make their daughter's day special...but that is just the way my friend Karen is! :)

    Your knits are absolutely beautiful. Sorry the first blocking wasn't to your liking, but I'm looking forward to seeing the results after the second blocking.

    I really was disappointed to hear that you are still having to deal with the eye issues. However, I will continue to pray. Those steroids can trick out bodies into thinking they are doing much better than they really are sometimes. (((hugs))) and prayers for a super duper speedy recovery.

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  16. wow that's a huge pile of mitts. You have been so good to knit them all up. They look really lovely, I am sure everybody is going to love them!

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  17. Im sure you already tried this, but I had my ducts in my eyes on the lower lids closed. This made the tears well in my eyes and bathe them....have you tried this?
    I m off to the etsy site

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    1. I have not. the doctor thinks that my eyes were damaged by the first medicine and wants to let them heal over time. I'm hoping that eventually I'll be done with all of this sooner than later.

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  18. Oh how lovely of the florist, there are so many good people in this world. Hope you have some good news soon about your eyes. I would definitely miss make-up too! Have a great weekend xx

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  19. Karen, Happy birthday! I totally sympathize with your impatience regarding your eyes. I once went through a similar seemingly endless recovery process a few years ago so my heart is going out to you! xx Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend! xx

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  20. I notice from other comments that it is your birthday - Happy Birthday!!! I am glad that at least you have a good doctor now for your eyes and that even if things are improving slowly at least they are improving! That is good. Beautiful flowers which do indeed show the wonderful kindness of people don't they! xx

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  21. Happy Birthday! Sorry to hear about your eye doctor visit, it’s hard being patient for the body to heal.
    I have going through your blog posts and qeuing books, you are a reader there girl. Started one last night about Yellow Fever. I’m in a mood to get lost in books, thanks for all the recommendations
    Oh and your sweater looks great, I am WAy behind on my sweater.

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  22. Impressive stuff flying off your needles these days, Karen. Hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration and best wishes for the coming year! Sorry about your eyes though and hope they get with the program and heal!

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  23. Happy birthday Karen!!!! Beautiful flowers. Sorry about your eye, hang in there. Love those mitts. Enjoy your weekend.

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  24. Happy birthday! Hope it was a lovely day.

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  25. When you get better eyewise, you should treat yourself to a new eye look. Happy Birthday. Beautiful bouquet. Like those mittens

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    1. I most definitely will treat myself to lots of eye makeup and yarn.

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  26. Well done you on nearing the finish line with the knitted gifts. Something about a pile of knitting makes me so happy!
    I have been thinking about you and your poor eye this week. I am sorry that it is taking so long to heal. Sending you so much love!

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  27. I am sorry your eyes are still not healed, I do hope in two weeks time you have better news :). Hope you get that knitting done. It's sewing all the way here at the moment, I have a deadline for next weekend, not sure I'm going to make it.........

    Hope your having a lovely weekend :)

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  28. Wishing you a great weekend too! Sad to hear there was no good news about the medication, but at least you have a pile of fantastic knitting to comfort you.

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  29. Hope your eye gets better soon. Can't wait to see that sweater on you!

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