Posts Tagged ‘Doctors without borders’

Yes I have been living under a rock…I like it there.  Lots has happened in the last week or so .. mostly involving the job situation – more on that later.



Jeanie is 32 INCHES!!!! That’s like half done.  The pattern says 66 inches, but I have a feeling that it will block enormous if I do that.  Maybe 60 inches, that sounds good – it will be two inches shorter than I am and probably still block enormous.



All 32 inches of 1×1 kill me now ribbing.  That’s a new technical knitting term – go look it up.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         At least I know someone enjoys the endless knitting.  It’s big enough now to take over my lap – which means a certain furball thinks that it’s a blanket that belongs to him.  Oh silly cat.  It’s a good thing you are cute and didn’t try to eat chicken wings today.


That would be Doctors without Borders sock #1 version 2.  I still need to weave the ends in, but it’s a completed sock – that fits.  I have a feeling that sock number 2 will in no way look like sock 1 for a varying number of reasons.  It will not be knit from a sock and involved crinkled up yarn – which clearly changes the tension.  And I think I tried to cast on 68 stitches, but thought I had 72. So I increased to 72 for the cuff?  Maybe?  I have no idea.  This would involve writing stuff down – and remembering where I put that.  I like non matching socks so it’s good. 


So in the craziness that is life – I will be moving to Bluefield West Virginia/Virginia area in oh 3 weeks.  The bottom line – I needed a job, and they have a job.  That’s about it.  No other part of me is excited about this move in any shape way or form.  I think it’s the right decision job wise – just not excited to leave my life here in CT.  The only plus side so far…I will be closer to one of my favorite yarn stores in the whole wide world – but it will still be an hour away, so who knows how often I’ll have time for that.


I’ve started packing up my stuff.  Priority number 1 – securing yarn in element proof packing. 


Kitty was of course willing to help me empty out the yarn boxes and snuggle some yarn for me.  He’s a good little helper.    I put all the yarn in 1.5 lb plastic bags and then in a plastic tub.  This is a picture of almost all of my malabrigo.  I found 2.5 skeins of silky malabrigo hiding.

That would be 5 skeins of Twist ,2 skeins of lace, 2 skeins of sock, and 8.5 skeins of worsted.  ….. I do love me some malabrigo. 



My apartment has started to look like a disaster with boxes everywhere… Next priority find a place to live in Bluefield.

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It sucks to live in Haiti at the moment.   

Most of you know that I have a fondness for developing countries and helping out those in need.  I’ve been to Kenya twice and spent a month in
Honduras serving the poorest of the poor.  While in medical school I also helped out with some flood relief in Missouri after the mighty Mississippi decided to flood our Dean’s hometown.  VCOM also supported post Katrina clean up and medical clinics, even if they didn’t let my year go – something about going to class was important.  blah blah.  When tragedy hits I need to do something.  I am hoping my school is putting together a group to go down there, but until then I have money.

Anyway… I’m a big fan of Doctors Without Borders, I even own some Doctors without Borders sock yarn.  But mostly I love them because I want to work for them later on in life.  Hurry up residency… I have developing countries to visit and lives to save.  The Yarn Harlot is also a big fan of them.. one more reason why knitters are awesome.  She put up the The Knit Signal yesterday asking people to find that extra couple dollars that would have been spent at Starbucks and send it to an organization to help out in Haiti.  The news reports that they are sending inflatable OR’s to Haiti because the buildings were so badly damaged.  Is it wrong if I now want my very own inflatable OR?  How handy would that be.  What… shiny things.  Ok back on topic.  The Yarn Harlot keeps a ruining tally of all the knitters that donate, because knitters are awesome like that.  So go search under the couch cousins go through the giant cup of change sitting around your place and help out the people in Haiti.  I gave them a few bucks.

In the process of donating money I found this nifty website – Pennies per Hour of Pleasure.  Another knitting group that is supporting Doctors without borders.  They have free patterns available for download and all they ask if that you donate pennies per hour of pleasure.  The company is based out of the UK and made it’s way all the way over here.  When I am allowed to knit new items again…the Trinity Shawlette will be awesome in one of the thousands of socks yarns I have sitting around… or maybe some handspun.  Check out their patterns.  I linked them on the side… also knitters without borders is there too.

An infamous group on Ravelry… LSG has already collectively donated over $6,000 to various organizations supporting Haiti in about 24 hours.  That number is still climbing.  And with that group, nothing shocks me any more.

Never underestimate the power of the needles.

I responded to the Knit-Signal… will you?

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