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January 31, 2010

Barnes and Noble trip....

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So we paid a visit to Barnes and Noble today. Aunt Joyce gave us BN gift cards for Christmas. Mine went towards this pile of knitting mags. Woot! Thanks Aunt Joyce!

January 29, 2010

January 25, 2010

Nermal Thremal

I recently started the Knitty Thermal. I am using a combination of Briar Rose Alpaca lace weight and Knitpicks Palette.

I started this a week ago Sunday. It is 336 stitches around. I will be knitting this for a while!

January 22, 2010

Slideshow: 13 Best Quit-Smoking Tips Ever & Smokers With Lung Cancer: Not Too Late to Quit

I wanted to share this being an ex-smoker. It has been over 9 years since I quit. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but I am so glad I did it. You can too!


Smokers With Lung Cancer: Not Too Late to Quit
Study Shows Patients Who Quit After Cancer Diagnosis Live Longer Than Those Who Keep Smoking
By Kelli Miller Stacy
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Jan. 21, 2010 -- Smokers with lung cancer who have asked "Why quit now, I'm already sick?" may find new motivation in this answer: Doing so could double their odds of survival over five years.
A report published online today in BMJ suggests that people who give up smoking after being diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer live longer than patients who continue the habit.
The findings underscore the importance of the notion that it is never too late to quit smoking.
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death, according to the American Lung Association. And smoking causes most cases of lung cancer.
Medical evidence has repeatedly shown that as soon as a person quits smoking the body begins to repair the damage done by tobacco-smoke-related chemicals, and it's been theorized that continued smoking can influence the behavior of lung tumors. But until now it was not clear if ending the smoking habit after being diagnosed with lung cancer had any impact on a patient's survival.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham in England reviewed the results of 10 studies that evaluated how smoking cessation after lung cancer diagnosis affected a patient's prognosis. The review included patients with both non-small-cell and small-cell forms of lung cancer.
Among their findings:
  • Patients with early-stage lung cancer who continued to smoke had a "substantially higher risk of death" than those who quit after their diagnosis. The increased death risk appeared to be due to the cancer spreading.
  • The five-year survival rate for the quitters was 64%-70% compared with 29%-33% for those who continued to smoke.
  • The continued smokers were also more likely to have their cancer return than those who quit.
The researchers say their findings suggest that smoking-cessation programs may benefit patients with early-stage lung cancer, but they add that more research is needed.


January 18, 2010

Christmas in January.....

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After many scheduling conflicts, Jimmy and I were able to get together with our friends Arla and Stephen to celebrate the holiday season.

It was nice to sit back and relax without the rush and panic the holidays can bring. We met them at a wonderful Mexican place so neither of us had to cook. It is nice to be waited on so that you can focus on company and conversation.

Jimmy and I received a lovely kitty pillow and it goes perfectly in our living room. But then Arla spoiled me with a hank of 100% alpaca from Great Lakes Fibers. She said she bought it last summer at a festival. I just love getting yummy yarn from friends. It is especially cool in this instance since she is not a knitter but she really appreciates that I am.

Thank you Arla and Stephen. We had a great time and love our gifts!

January 16, 2010

1st Angee Finished!

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Knitting charts....

I have found another use for my amazing, wonderful Macbook Pro..... Knitting chart holder!

I "blew up" the size of the chart and lunched the Stickies to move up and down the chart as I go. On the sticky note I track my last row knit.

See last year I started the Muir stole for Sarah to wear on her wedding day. The project was put into a time out but I got it back out last night only to find the chart/pattern MIA. So I am going to use these files to ensure I don't misplace my spot ever again.

January 14, 2010

Angee love....

I am really loving this sock pattern. Almost to the toe on the first sock. Woot!

January 10, 2010

Cooper Circle Angee

I started knitting my third pair of socks from Sock Innovation from Cookie A. I really am enjoying this knit. The yarn was a gift from Molly and is Neighborhood Fiber Co. It is 70% wool and 30% Seacell. The yarn has a subtle color shift between reds and browns with a beautiful gloss.

The pattern is lace that appears to be cables without any twists. I am enjoying knitting these socks so far. I have decided to knit one repeat of the leg chart since I like shorter cuffed socks.

January 5, 2010

Get out your knitting needles and burn some calories....

According to an article by Shaun Chavis one way to cut 500 calories a day is to spend the afternoon knitting.  Number 21 on the list of 50 suggestions is as follows:

21. Get out your knitting needles. An afternoon of knitting can burn more than 500 calories (at a rate of about 100 an hour).

The full article is here.

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