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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Recently diagnosed care package on: February 10, 2006 07:46:24 AM
One of my closest friends was recently diagnosed with MS.  She's only 19.

These days, she's finding it difficult to talk without a lot of thought behind it (thick tongue, she calls it), gets shakes in her arms/legs (which is especially heartbreaking as she's an artist and can no longer draw) and is tired constantly.

We don't know what kind of MS it is, and are hoping that we've caught it early enough that we can keep it steady and from progressing much further for as long as possible, but.  She's taken the news rather difficultly; she wouldn't tell anyone about it for weeks.  Now, she tells everyone without a bat of an eye, but won't let anyone help.

My friend is notorious for really needing someone, and not being able to reach out.  She knows I'm there for her -- I stalked her for a week when she wasn't answering her phone until she let me in her house to give her a hug -- but I'd like to give her a care package for the times inbetween.

I'm really at a loss.

She's a child at heart and loves cartoons of all kinds, but especially enjoys the ones like 'Recess', 'Filmore' and 'The Weekenders'.  She also loves Hello Kitty.  Harry Potter.  Disney movies in general; her favourite is Mulan, followed by Hercules.

As I said, she's an artist.  Paints and draws, mostly.  The classes she is/was taking were things like Anthropology, Mythology and Classics.  She really likes people and cultures.  She's not much of a 'girlie girl' in any way, and prefers jeans and a hoodie with her Vans above all other clothing.

Her favourite colour is blue.

I can knit, sew, paint... name it.  I'll do it.  I'm a jack-of-all-trades, and will learn a new one for her, if that's what it takes.  The idea is, to make her a box of things, and at the bottom, there's going to be an envelope with tickets to Disney World; she's never been.

Help?  My brain is, for rather obvious reasons, somewhat fried.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bliss scarf (with added sparklies!) on: September 27, 2005 07:57:38 PM
Finally finished something for myself!  I swear, as soon as people learn you can knit, everybody wants something and the worst part is, they just don't GET how much time/effort/planning it takes to do!

Enough pitty, more pretty!  I made this scarf out of something called 'Bliss' and let me tell you, the name?  More than accurate.  It's like a little fluffy kitten; so soft!  I got it on sale at Wall-Mart for like two bucks a skein, buying two skeins as I KNEW this had to be a scarf, but ended up only having to use one.  And this is a six foot long scarf here people, with enough left over for a good amount of fringe!  I used my giant 15 needles to give it a sort of lacey look without actually having to do any, you know, work.  AND!  If that wasn't enough!  I hand beaded in some clear, lightweight glass beads onto it.  You can only make out a few of them in the picture, but trust me, they're there and there are a LOT!  At least two every row, all random and pretty like.

This is my 'Summer Glau' scarf; it is white, airy, sparkly and is a loose lace stitch and has eleven stitches.  If you get the symbolism in that...  well, you're my hero.

http://pictures.greatestjournal.com/userimg/4953119/41579
you can kiiiiind of see the beads?  right?  please?



http://pictures.greatestjournal.com/userimg/4953152/41579
and of course, the 'artsy fartsy' shot of me wearing the scarf.  don't ask why
there are silk leaves by my head; I was working on a costume while taking these
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Name That Stich! on: August 22, 2005 12:16:49 PM
I'm a new knitter, and have mostly stuck to plain knitting.  Nothing over or purled or whatsit.  It's worked out fine, except I've been kicked into the whole 'moving on' thing by this beautiful wool that I recieved as a gift yesterday.

Now, I've found a scarf that I would love to create, but I'm not quite at the brilliance level where I can look at a scarf and know the stitches.  I do know it's SUPER easy, though, (according to the package) is on size 19 mm needles and is probably something along the line of knit/purl/repeat but... newbie. 

Help a girl out?

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