The Saturday Update: Week 10

This week I have been really busy with appointments and testing. I wrote about the first round of doctor’s appointments in this earlier post (The Blue-Lipped Zebra Report) where I also showed off my fabulous monster orchid in bloom and a pair of finished socks. I finished the week with an echocardiogram and two MRI tests. In the week when COVID-19 arrived in Colorado I walked into 4 different medical clinics feeling like I was walking into the lion’s den. Hopefully there will be some good results soon. Next week it just keeps going as I have two more tests scheduled; after the test results arrive I have appointments with two of my doctors again. Whew!


Knitting took a hit this week as I spent too much time driving around completing medical tests to get much knitting done, but I did make some progress on the Pebble Tunic.

Sigh. This is the part of sweater knitting that takes out the faint of heart. I’m knitting down the body of the sweater, and even though I’ve added almost 6 inches of knitting, it feels like I’m not getting anything accomplished. In about 4 more inches I get to add the pockets. Yay! Something different.

I’m knitting the tunic holding a single ply fingering yarn with a silk-mohair lace yarn, and knitting with the two yarns is just a joy. So soft and yummy feeling. My project notes are here. I also started knitting a copy of my son’s kitten Jonesy, which is really fun and involves even more yummy mohair. Check this out.

Once again I’m using the pattern Cat by Claire Garland. If you would like to see what yarns I’m using you can check them out on my Ravelry page.
I’m going to use some embroidery to add more color to the face later (stripes and freckles) but I think that I’m doing pretty good on the color match. I can’t wait to start knitting the stripes in Jonesy’s body.

All of this medical testing is a little traumatizing: long drives to cold rooms where I battle to control my Raynaud’s while the tests are being run. Today I drove 2 hours to be trapped in an MRI machine for 90 minutes. One hand was solid blue when I got done, but as soon as I got outside into the warmth it pinked up again. After fun like that I need a little reward, don’t you think? After leaving the clinic I drove straight to the nursery and bought my African violet some little buddies. Aren’t these just the cutest?

Aren’t these the happiest guys ever? I found the little pots on the discount shelf: perfect!!

These violets are really small and were next to the miniature plants section, so I’m not sure exactly how big these plants are going to be, but they are blooming like crazy so I have high hopes for these little guys. My original African violet is the one in the background.


Another sigh. I’m still reading the same book, The Overstory by Richard Powers. I’m further along with the story, and, as I anticipated, the cast of characters (all people with a relationship with a tree), have met up and are now activists trying to save the old natural growth forests in the western US. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’m not going to share any more details of the plot, other than I am fascinated by the work of Dr. Patricia Westerford,  one of the characters in the book. She studies mechanisms of communication between trees, and in particular, is studying Douglas firs in one part of the book. Plants are crafty organisms that use lots of mechanisms to respond to the environment. They use hormones to control their growth, and they are able to track the hours of the day (or maybe it actually is the night) so that they bloom at the right time of the year. Of course they are communicating with each other!!

Look at these female cones on my Douglas fir tree. They are kind of goofy looking with those bracts hanging out between the cone scales. They have the only cone like that in our nearby Rocky Mountains. The needles are strange too… they have little tiny stems on them like leaves.

I have a Douglas fir growing in my backyard where I have been babying it for a few years as the honey locust tree next door is outgrowing it and putting it into shade. Poor Douglas fir. They are kind of misfits in our mountains, having no other close relative, aren’t really fir trees at all, and are notorious for pulling a lot of water from the ground. When I attended a forestry workshop in the Denver montaine watershed I was told that the only good Doug is a dead Doug… hey, Dougs need love too! Some of the trees in that forest are turned to sawdust by enomous grinding machines to both thin the forest and reduce water use; some of those thinned trees are evidently Dougs. Douglas firs are really important timber trees, which is why they are in this book, but they aren’t beloved by the biologists who are making sure Denver has enough water in the coming year. Luckily for my Doug I am hiding it from the Denver water board and giving it all the water that it wants. Sadly, it is the only one around and has no other Doug tree to talk to. I wonder if the honey locust ever chats with it?

Have a great week, everyone!! Read a little, knit a little, and garden like your heart can’t live without it!

Okay, I just had to show off the monster orchid again. I feel happy every time I see this big guy. This is why it is good to garden. 🙂

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

17 thoughts on “The Saturday Update: Week 10”

    1. Oh, I thought that little fingers are called pinkies because they are small. I always thinking of my mother’s old pinking shears that cut little teeth into fabric. Something to look up.

      May COVID also leave you and all of your alone, too!!

  1. I saw a meme about the Coronavirus that fits: Wash your hands like you’ve been eating Cheetos and you’re going to crochet with pure white yarn. That is the explanation of hand washing that we can understand:)
    I hope your tests supply treatable answers:)
    The flowers are just stunning. They really are the happiest sight I’ve seen in a while:)

    1. Oh, dear. You can never get all of the Cheetos dust off. I’m going to wear my hands out washing them!! My next round of tests is in the middle of next week. I sure hope that the virus behaves itself as next time I have to actually go to a hospital.

      Aren’t flowers great?! For less than $20 I have those flowers sitting in the kitchen window sill to make me happy each morning when I make my coffee.

    1. I have to admit that it is the perfect item to knit while watching Netflix. I’m also knitting the Jonesy cat right now and I have already ripped out at least 3 times because of mistakes. Those long stretches are really good for kind of a peaceful meditation effect, too. Maybe that is why you love them. 🙂 Me, I’m counting the inches to get to those pockets!!

  2. I’ve got seeds for beets and basil in the garden this year! Can’t wait to plant them – but think I have to wait for a bit still. Love your plants!
    The first time I planted both beet and radish seeds I somehow got them confused w/each other and pulled the beets way too early and left the radishes in the ground until they became woody! Sigh –

    1. I love fresh beets! My grandmother used to keep a big garden at our house in San Bernardino and we would pull the beets out of the ground, cook them and then practically eat them out of the pot with butter. Yum!! Do you have one of those little indoor greenhouse set-ups to start your seeds in ? I’ve been looking at them at the nursery but they are kind of pricey.

      I miss eating vegetables so much. Somehow it isn’t the same in a smoothie. 😦

      1. My neighbor borrowed a huge grow table w/the grow lights. She said I can grow my seeds w/hers. In previous years she’d plant the seeds in little containers, yogurt or peat or egg cartons and put them in an old pan and then cover them w/saran wrap until they sprout.

  3. Your plants and projects are looking wonderful! Love the new violets – that is a good reward for putting up with all the doctor visits. Hope there are good results from all your medical appointments 🙂

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