Stitchy McYarnpants

Confessions of a husband-neglecting, cat-shooing, yarn-hoarding knitaholic. But in a good way.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

It's me again.

Wow. Thanks you all so much for the kind (and often hilarious) comments in response to my last posting. I knew it would strike a cord and I knew lots of women have had similar experiences and I had a feeling I’d get reports on the personal preferences of your own fibroids. But still, I’m amazed and touched. It took me a few days to decide whether to post about the miscarriage and the twittering fibroids, but after seeking counsel with Melanie, I went for it. I’m glad I did. I’ve experienced something that is so common, yet rarely discussed and even if we react differently, there’s a measure of understanding that is very comforting. It’s almost unspoken. Beneath the warm wishes and commiseration, there’s a small sigh that carries with it a lot of different emotions. It’s hard to describe, but I’ve never felt more like a woman. I usually think of myself as a “gal” or a “chick”, but a miscarriage is purely a woman’s issue. And dealing with fibroids and fertility has forced me to confront the essence of my womanhood. I know that sounds really Lifetime Networky (quick, someone call Meredith Baxter Birney – stat!), but reproduction is a big, fat deal. Whether you choose to have kids or not, whether you are able to have them or not, it’s all part of the whole feminine mystique, isn’t it? Fan-friggin-tastic. Bring it on!

And just a quick update, I had the D&C almost two weeks ago and everything went very smoothly. It was quick and painless, and the drugs were top quality. I felt so refreshed when I woke up, then they covered me with heated blankets and brought me buttered cinnamon raisin toast. It was the closest I’ve even been to being at a spa. The only thing they could have done to improve conditions would have been to offer me a pedicure and some lipo while I was under. I will now be free of sharp, pokey things until August. And then, no more Bagel Bites for YOU, fibies!

I’ve gotten waaaay out of the habit of blogging and I need to get myself back in. I keep thinking of things to write about and I have a backlog of things that need to be photographed, but I’ve lost those little holes I used to carve out in my day for blogging. I’ll get the chisel.

On the kitting front, I’m working steadily on Scoop du Jour by Bonne Marie Burns. Speaking of whom, it has come to my attention that I’ve been adding an “i” to her name to make her a “Bonnie Marie”. But her name is pronounced “bon”, like “Jon” but with a “B”. I could swear that I’ve seen the “i” in her name. Naturally, I assumed she was gaslighting me and changed her first name everywhere on her website. You know, just to mess with me. She swears this is not the case. THEN, I find out that ChicKnits is pronounced “sheek knits”, all frenchy-like. I’ve been calling it “Chick Knits”. What, I ask you, the hell? Why am I not able to comprehend the language over at Bonne’s place? (Do you know how hard it was to leave that “i” out? Do you?)

But anyway, I’m loving the sweater so far. I’ve got the back and left front piece finished. I’m using TLC Cotton Plus in Kiwi green. The pattern calls for Cotton Ease, but since it’s discontinued, I didn’t think I’d be able to get any. Since then, I got enough Cotton Ease for two more sweaters. Oops. :) They’re definitely different yarns. The Cotton Plus has more sheen, but it’s very soft, I also had to go up one needle size to get gague. I’ll be photographing it soon to show it off.

I have to say that the Scoop du Jour is just what I needed on my needles. I’ve been stuck on the idea of doing something lacey, but I just haven’t been able to concentrate and have become really frustrated. I’ve got three failed lacey things put aside for when my brain is in better working condition. But now the fog has lifted, my obsession has been rekindled and I’m cranking away! I have also come to terms with the fact that I just don’t like wearing wool. Wool blends are ok, but mostly, I wear cotton and cotton blends. This has come as a huge relief because cotton is a lot cheaper and now I’m really excited about making things I will actually wear for not that much money. Yay, me! Don’t get me wrong, I still love me some alpaca and wool, but I like them more for hats and scarves and shawls. I wear a shawl at work all the time, and I like that I can toss it on and off with ease. I was working on the Flower Basket shawl in Koigu, but got all messed up with the chart. Hopefully, after some success with a couple of sweaters, I’ll have my bearings back and will finish that up in the fall.

Finally, here is something I think you will like.

DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK unless you:

- Have swallowed your coffee/soda/tea
- Have recently evacuated your bladder
- Don’t care if the guy in the next cube hears you snort with laughter
- Have a score to settle with your cat

You have been warned.

Wesley Buckaroo

29 Comments:

Anonymous B. said...

Yes, do please get that chisel.

7/07/2005 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

Welcome back to the blogging world! Missed 'ya!

7/07/2005 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I also was mis-guided until recently; I never spelled it with an 'i' but I always pronounced it like it had one. And until just this moment, I thought it was pronounced "chick" knits, because of the alliteration and all. [sigh]

ps. Somewhere out in Internet Land I thought I saw that you are in Cincinnati (a word I recently learned to spell). Is this true? I may be moving there and looking for some knitty friends. I'll keep you posted.

7/07/2005 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger Bookish Wendy said...

Ah, this prompts me to give you the link to the book I told you about at Melanie's....

http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-0553379534-0

7/07/2005 01:30:00 PM  
Blogger Becky in Iowa :O) said...

I'm glad that all went well for you and that you are feeling better.

Very cute kitty link.

7/07/2005 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger Micky said...

Glad you are well.
Thanks for the link, now what can I put on my mom's cat?
:)

7/07/2005 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Cara said...

Me too! Me too! Totally thought it was Bonnee and Chick Knits.

Glad the pointy sticks did the trick - good to hear you sounding well.

(I totally agree with you on the woman thing - I still think of myself as a girl. Maybe if I ever get pregnant that will change. Either that or menopause.)

7/07/2005 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger Agnes said...

It's strange that I was just thinking how you are doing lately since Bloglines hasn't picked up new post from your blog for quite a while. Glad to know that everything is going well.

7/07/2005 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

I just laughed (sort of) out loud for the first time today.

Thank you! (now I must rush home and play Buckaroo with Aslan. Trevor, I don't believe will play as well.

7/07/2005 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger Susie Cupcakes said...

I just found your blog recently and it's so good to hear you're doing well. And thank you for pointing us to the buckaroo! I'm glad there's finally a name for decorating sleepy cats.

7/07/2005 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger Norma said...

Well, I guess we're all in the same sinking ship. I guess someone enlightened me a while back that it was BON not Bonnie, but definitely Chick. I thought short for Chicago, and we don't say SHEEE-cago, now, do we? Glad you're feeling better. That link is HIL-AR-IOUS. Pronounced HY-luh-REE-us. (why not?)

7/07/2005 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger K said...

Glad you're feeling better. As far as feritlity goes, if you need people to talk to, I know people. ;) dealing with infertility has been one of the hardest journeys of my life, and having women to relate to has made it all the easier to deal with.
ps... I'mgoing to have an Oscar buckaroo later. :D thanks for t he link

7/07/2005 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger Carolyn B. said...

I'm glad you were treated so well when having your D&C done. Those heated blankets in a chilly hospital room are killer good, aren't they! I just had some minor nose surgery (deviated septum) and loved that whole heated-blankie part of it.

The buckaroo link was a stitch! I did the same thing to a non-feline friend of mine many years ago when he had the misfortune to drink too many beers and pass out on a sofa near my bored self. By the time we were finished with him, we'd draped him with leopard-print panties, hat, banjo, stuffed parrot, and Lord knows what else. I mailed him a bound book of all the photos, with comments under each. Funny thing is, his name's Bucky! So it was definitely a buckaroo evening, even way back when.

7/07/2005 07:09:00 PM  
Blogger Rabbitch said...

Welcome back! Glad to hear all is well now.

Must ... play ... buckaroo ...

7/08/2005 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Ever so glad that you are back! Your fertility issues are in my thoughts daily and here's hoping after pokey time in August all is right with the feminine orgos and you carry full term :)

7/08/2005 05:54:00 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Jon said things went very well. So, glad. Still have those nieces and nephew you can borrow to practice with!!!
Becky

7/08/2005 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Teresa C said...

Your sense of coping and humor are inspiring. I am hoping the best for you. Excuse me, I am about to go find a bunch of knitting things to decorate my cat. :)

7/08/2005 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous B. said...

Cat's Revenge: after laughing at the Buckaroo link yesterday I woke up this morning to find myself the victim of a reverse Buckaroo. That's right, I had been fast asleep, face down, with a sleeping kitty on my bum.

7/08/2005 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger stephanie said...

Buckaroo was hysterical. check this out:
http://boortz.com/nuze/200506/06092005.html#reading

clich on: cat v. ceiling fan.

7/08/2005 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

the buckaroo was priceless. unfortunately, i will be unable to perform a buckaroo around here. jimi is just too twitchy. although my fiance's cat joplin might be a candidate. will have to check. i sense photos.

and glad everything is going a bit better. i don't know how you feel, but i do understand the reproductive urge, and the wish to hold your own child in your arms. bon chance in august (and that was bon, not bonne, lol)

7/08/2005 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

So glad you are back!

7/09/2005 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous CatBookMom said...

So glad you are done with the surgery and can start the healing. And I hope that your next attempt at 'catching' will result in a healthy baby. After 7 years of watching my fibroids growing, my gyn said it was time to remove them. In my case and age, that was via hysterectomy.

Loved the Buckaroo pictures; have to try that on our cats one of these days.

And for more entries in the MOKS, check this out, from the newest Berroco update. Some of these are just WRONG!!!
http://www.berroco.com/236/236_photoview_pv.html

7/09/2005 02:15:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I have had four children and one miscarriage, and as I have mentioned here some fibroids. I still don't feel womanish, even if 30 is fast approaching. My heart has felt for you Stitchy, I hope you are doing okay.

Wesley Buckaroo is hilarious, especially the 37 cd's is your cat dead post.

7/09/2005 09:57:00 PM  
Blogger maryse said...

ha! wesley buckaroo was hilarious. makes me want to see if i can't play at home.

it was good seeing you and mel's.

7/12/2005 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Wesley Buckaroo link is a classic!

7/12/2005 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

1. I am sorry for your loss, drama and encounter with sharp pokey things.
2. I am sorry I am so far behind the times. I've been having my own drama. I blabbed and blabbed and blabbed and the knitters and dieters and painters have been VERY supportive. I recommend sharing it all. Mostly the people who can't be nice remain silent... and so you'll hear all this kind stuff.
3. I can't believe you are also in B-town.
4. My mother had fibroids while she was pregnant with me. When she told me that (probably during one of her few sex-education sermons) she sounded sorry that I grew rather than the tumor. I've been warped from the beginning.
5. I had fibroids, but after two kids. I had a hysterectomy but still have a belly that looks pregnant half the time... Half pregnant all the time... no excuse.
6. Best wishes to you and hubby. If you want little McYarnPants's, be proactive... There are lots of possibilities.

7/13/2005 02:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Know that you are not alone - I was entirely ChicKnits retarded myself - I both called her BonnEE Marie and her site has always been ChicK Knits when uttered by my mouth! Thanks for correcting me!

I'm off to buckaroo my cats....

7/13/2005 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Have you seen the website www.stuffonmycat.com? It's the same idea - Great fun, as long as it's done safely!

My folks re-wired a 200 yr old brick house when I was a kid - I feel for you, I really do. These walls were 16 inches THICK - From outside in: 4" Brick, 4" Plaster - 4" Brick, 4" Plaster - HORSEHAIR plaster. NASTY, nasty stuff.

Hope you continue to feel well!

7/17/2005 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous MrA or Andy or Mrblack said...

Glad to see you liked Wesley buckaroo :) I was kinda shocked/surprised by how many people have enjoyed it. I am still getting emails with peoples buckaroos, I might set up a flickr set to handle them all. Anyhow I wondered here from looking at the referrals in my webstats. It nice to read something so different.

Hurrah for feeling well.

7/21/2005 02:05:00 PM  

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