Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Step One - Gauge it Out

Project: Felted Wool Basket to hold the kids wooden blocks

Yarn: Lion Wool held double stranded
Needles: size 7 bamboo
Gauge: 15 sts x 21 rows = 4"
Pre-felted measurements: 5.5" x 5"
Post-felted measurements: 4.75" x 4"
   Height lost: 20%
   Length lost: 14%
   Area lost: 31%

Mold: "YARN ONLY" dye pot
Measurements: circumference 10.5", height 9.25"

Sunday, December 5, 2010


As most of you know, I work in a hospital. There is never a dull day - be it ridiculous or heartbreaking work is always an interesting place to be.

This weekend I had a consult on a patient admitted from a nursing home. The paperwork that came with her from the nursing home listed her diet as "NSS". I have a degree in Nutrition, I have been a dietitian for 6 years, and I have never heard of the acronym NSS. So I called the nursing home and asked to speak to someone in the kitchen. The kid that answered the phone refused to tell me what NSS stood for. He actually told me, "I can't divulge that information."

Seriously? Is your facilities list of acronyms HIPPA protected? I don't think so. I think someone takes his job a little too seriously.

For the record, NSS stands for No Salt Substitutes. Also for the record, I have no idea what that means either.