Yes, I have an arch nemesis, though it isn’t as ominous as it sounds. It’s been about 5 years since I have done battle with it, but it’s back.
So what is it, you ask?
It is growing all over in the woods around our house. It used to be growing in areas right around our yard. I say used to, because now that I know what it looks like, I have been using Round Up and taken care of much of it. Before that happened though, I managed to get it a few times. I was more of a live in town, stay inside kinda of girl. I was clueless to what poison ivy looked like. After Joel and I got married, we moved out of town and I had my first run-in with poison ivy. The first couple times, it wasn’t so bad, and honestly, it took me a couple of times of having it to figure out what it was. By the third time, I figured out it was Poison Ivy and the doctor prescribed a few helpful remedies. After that, I learned how to spot it and went on a quest to rid our property of the evil plants.
So, after all that, how did I end up with it again?
Just bad luck I guess. We had been doing some landscaping around our shed that we put up last summer and brought in several loads of black dirt to shape the yard. While I was planting some flowers in this new dirt, I noticed that there were some roots and leaves in the dirt, but didn’t think anything of it. After digging around for a while, I found some of those leaves together on a stem and looked down with horror to see the familiar three-leaf design that characterizes poison ivy. Within a few days, it showed up on my arms and later on my inner thighs. Do any of you garden with you inner thighs? I guess I do. I have spent the last 12 days doped up on Benadryl, covered in creams, and trying to resist the urge to scratch. Let me tell you, the itch is terrible and the nights are long. It is starting to get better, so that is good. Since then, I have had some other allergic reaction and have gotten hives over the rest of my body that didn’t already have poison ivy. Who knows when this will clear up, as I haven’t yet figured out what I am having the reaction to.
I didn’t bring this all up just to complain. In fact, I’m sure this is bordering on TMI. Plus, I’m probably ruining your impression that the life of a quilt pattern designer is all glamour and so very exciting. Sorry but, I just wanted to tell you about part of my self-prescribed treatment.
Because sitting still means that my clothes are irritating the PI.
Because knitting means that my hands are busy knitting, and not busy scratching.
It was either that or duct tape oven mitts to my hands. Knitting sounded like more fun. Many of you have asked how I get so much knitting done, and this little problem I have had the last couple weeks has led to me getting lots done.
So, here are two of the projects I finished up -
Let’s talk about the blue one first. The pattern is Buttercup. Isn’t that a cute name? Here’s the Ravelry link, for those of you are interested.
I just had to make this one because I bought this necklace in Venice and needed something to go with it. (Sometimes you need a good excuse to buy more yarn, when you already have a stash)
I love the hem line. I also love this yarn. It’s called Hempathy and it’s great for summer knitting.
Now, let’s talk about the magenta one.
I just love these lace panels.
The pattern is the Alpaca Tunic. (Here’s the ravelry link). The yarn is Euroflax Linen. It didn’t look that great as I was knitting it up, but once I blocked it the lace design really showed up.
I really had fun with these knits. I hope my issues clear up soon, as I am currently wearing longs sleeves, turtlenecks and pants. Maybe I will have to wait until next summer to put these tanks to good use. Oh well, as I said before knitting is so much more fun than wearing oven mitts ;-)