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Ms. Sydney Tertius Pearl.

She has a penchance for handknits… Handknits that are left alone on the counter with burnt cheese on them.  ie. Squid has a (refined, if I do say so myself) taste for eating my handknit felted potholders.


And thus, we have no more potholders.  Mike has started using my linen dishtowels as potholders.  THIS IS A NO-NO.

I had to knit more potholders before I  lost any more tea towels!! (I also only have a colourwork project and a crazy complicated cable project on the needles.  Both of these are driving me crazy right now.  I need something simple to keep my brain happy.)


Basic recipe- take feltable wool and size 5ish needles and cast on 45 stitches.  Knit in garter stitch until 1/2 of yarn is gone. Cast of with sewn cast off. Crochet loop onto corner. x2.  Throw in washing machine on hot. Felt the crap out of them.  Use to remove hot things from oven so partner doesn’t yell about the inconsiderate destruction of linen tea towels.  MAKE SURE TO PUT UP AND AWAY FROM CUTE DOGS THAT HELP THEMSELVES TO THE CUPBOARD COUNTERS!!!

raveled here.


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{this moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Image

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

oh my G-d, YES!

oh my G-d, YES!

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Well,  I did match.

I’m going to be an obstetrician/gynecologist (hopefully, 5 years from now!).

And it looks like we’re going to be staying put here in Regina.  It wasn’t exactly our top choice but it isn’t a bad thing.  It took me a few days to come to terms with the disappointment of not moving, but it’s growing on me.  The program is excellent, the people I’ll be working with are lovely, we don’t have to deal with the stress of a move, I can plant my garden on time and still have tomatoes this year, we don’t have to leave our favourite sushi restaurant (I know, you’re thinking: “In Regina?” but yes, best sushi I’ve ever eaten – and that includes the year I lived in Vancouver- is from Hanabi’s on Broad Street).

On and on, the little bonuses add up. I’m really looking forward to this next chapter in our lives starting.  It’s going to be exciting and scary and awful and wonderful.

oh, and the best part? I have no more excuses to not join the pile of bones derby club now.

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Mojo returns?

I’m finally feeling very crafty again these days. I don’t know if it is the weather (boo winter) or finally being home with my own supplies or what, but I’m a crafting fiend as of late! I think it has more to do with actually being home.  I got home 2 weeks ago from my last set of electives and my rural family medicine rotation (13 weeks away from her own bed is enough to make anyone crazy!!) and I don’t leave again now until the CaRMS interviews begin in Janurary. I’m on psychiatry now, which means my days are pretty quiet- 830am to 530pm. I’ve been getting to the gym for a run 3-4x a week! I’ve been cooking real meals (not just popcorn for supper!) I’ve been hanging out with my partner! I feel like a normal person. It’s wonderful!

I’ve been trying (and succeeding!) to finish up some of the projects on my to-do list for 2011. it feels so good! My to-do list (ie. the pile o’ projects that is sitting behind my chair in the living room) is very large.  Too many bouts of start-itis and not enough finishing up.  Projects   that ran into a road block at some point in their making. But the strange thing is, they’re not even really big problems, just things that would take 10-15 minutes to puzzle through. Prime example?  My february lady sweater.
FINISHED Feb Lady Sweater

Ravelry tells me that I started this project November 2009.  I ploughed through the whole project in no time.   I skitched it out with less than a meter of  wool left to go.  It was blocked and done by the end of Dec 2009. Everything was coming up Kirsti. Those perfect 3/4 sleeves! The lovely purple-y tweed!  This was a winner!

Lovely Tweediness

I found the perfect-est buttons that matched the tweed to a t (from knitpicks- but it looks like they’re not carrying them anymore). I sat down to sew them on and then I realized that I had forgotten to make button holes.

forgotten. to. make. the. button. holes.

Okay.  deep breath. there are solutions here-

  1. I don’t need buttons- I could just use a sweater pin. Nope. That looks rediculous.
  2. I can sew on the buttons and use snaps underneath.  Nope. The wool pulls all funny and gapes weird.  I’ll have to sew on a ribbon facing to do that. Then the ribbon sticks out. ugh.
  3. I can do an afterthough button hole (from EZ’s Knitting without Tears).  Oh my G-d. I can cut my knitting and make an afterthought buttonhole…with less than a meter of safety yarn.

And so, with the buttons sewn on, my sweater sat for 1.8 years in the pile o’ projects behind my chair waiting for the moment when I would “take the time” to sit down and “figure this out”.   Well, that never happened.  Last weekend, I pulled it out of the pile and resolved to figure out the afterthough buttonholes and deal with it once and for all.  Except I didn’t. Figure out the afterthought buttonholes, that is.  While I was fiddling with it, I just sort of pushed the buttons through the other side of the fabric, forcing a make shift button hole. And it worked.  They look smooth and clean. Now, they are not functional as actual buttonholes, ie. for opening or closing the cardigan, but I don’t think I’d ever wear this sweater open anyways. And putting the sweater off/on is not that complicated- it’s just sort of like a pull over.

Buttons conquered!

2 years to push the buttons through the fabric.   Jeesh.

Lately, I’ve also been inspired to sew. I’ve been quiliting a little bit every morning when I get up before clinic. Sewing is so quick compared to knitting, like instant gratification! My sewing machine all of sudden started skipping stitches on friday though. I’ve worked through my manual and nothing seems to help. I guess it’s time to take it in to the professionals. I hope they can fix it- I don’t want to throw a wrench in my crafting groove!

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I seem to have lost my oomph as of late. My inspiration meter is running on empty.
My get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone.
All of my energy seems to be funneled into getting up and being “on” for 9+ hours a day at the hospital & there doesn’t seem to be a lot left over for me.
Being a medical intern is hard… and I don’t mean in the way that tv medical shows make it out to be- what with the running around and the sleep deprivation and the sex in the broom closets and all that. It’s not really the hours or the work that’s tough- yes, the hours are usually crazier than I’m experiencing in this rotation and the work is intense and difficult, but for the most part that is interesting and engaging enough to be its own reward.

What really drags you down is the being “on”. Everyday you are judged. All day, everyday you are questioned and monitored and evaluated. It’s like the most stressful job interview of your life…. and it lasts for a year and a half. Every specialist assumes that you MUST know the details of their specialty. Every preceptor has their own way of doing things that is the RIGHT way. Every physician/PT/OT/RT/lab tech/social worker/whatever thinks their role is the most important in caring for patients. They think that you should think that too. You should be rediculously passionate about their job, above all else.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m keen. I’m keener than keen. I truly believe that you can make up for a whatever you lack in smarts with a shit-ton of enthusiasm. And mostly, that’s what I bring to every day of my internship: a “man-this-is-the-most-amazing-thing-ever” attitude that takes me really far. My patients thank me for taking time with them. My preceptors give me good feedback 95% of the time My reports read: “Kirsti is enthusiastic and great with patients.” “Kirsti has excellent clinical skills and good bedside manner.” always closely followed by “Kirsti would benefit from reading more”. I have a wonderful relationship with most of the nursing and support staff teams. I feel like I’m learning a million things every day. I feel like I’ve gained a million new skills since January.

But I don’t feel like it’s getting any easier. I just feel like I have fewer excuses than I did in January for being confused and lacking knowledge. At least then, I was a “baby” intern. I could be a disaster and it wasn’t my fault, I was just starting out. Now, just as I’m starting to have a few basic things under my belt, everything gets ramped up. The expectations are greater everyday. Why don’t you know this yet? Why aren’t you more competent?

I’m not ready for ramping. I need more practice with basics. I don’t have any energy left for more ramping.

On the plus side, my call shifts are giving me lots of extra knitting time at 3am.

Paeds Call 1

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