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Mission Cowl: Complete!

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In the time it took me to watch Monsters University and the Ravens football game, I completed my cowl and I love it! And it kept me super warm yesterday, considering it was around 30 degrees all day.

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As I wrote in my earlier post, I used size 13 needles and 2 strands of Merino Aran Wool held together (4 balls total). I also needed 4 buttons, as well as a needle and thread for sewing them on.

Here’s what you do:

  • cast on 17 stitches (you must cast on stitches in an odd number for the moss stitch)

Row 1: K1, P1 until the end of the row, ending with a knit stitch

Row 2: P1, K1 until the end of the row, ending with a purl stitch

Row 3: P1, K1 until the end of the row, ending with a purl stitch

Row 4: K1, P1 until the end of the row, ending with a knit stitch

  • then repeat rows 1-4 until you’ve reached the desired length (for me that was when I was almost done with 4 balls of yarn)
  • cast off
  • attach the buttons- I sewed decorative buttons going down one side and then one button on the reverse for function

**For placement and sewing of the buttons, take a look at this blog (where I got my inspiration to make the cowl from!).

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I love my cowl so much (and got so many compliments on it), that I already started a second one last night. I’m using this soft and beautiful Cashmereno. Hoping to have it done this week!

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Type 1 Diabetes

Obligatory Venting Post

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Yesterday at work, I was speaking to a parent on the phone. The parent mentioned that his child was pre-diabetic and then proceeded to say “I’m sure you don’t know much about that”…hmm. I immediately told him that I was actually quite familiar with diabetes as I have had Type 1 diabetes for 25 years. His response floored me:

“Wait. You actually work?” Yes.
“Full time?” Yes. “You went to college too?” Yes.
“So you have diabetes and a job?” Yes.
“Wow. That’s not normal. I guess there’s hope.” Uhh..

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Brrr! It’s Cowl Time!

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With the weather in Baltimore getting chillier and chillier…especially when your office still runs the air conditioning every afternoon..it’s time to start wearing stuff that will keep you warm. For me, it’s finally giving in to wearing flats with ugly pantyhose looking things socks, trading my puffy vests in for coats (still working on this transition), and wearing a scarf every day. But, what if the scarf just isn’t warm enough? Enter, the cowl. I’ve been pinning plenty of scarf and cowl patterns over the past few months. I think I’ve finally found the one I’m going to make. Tonight.

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Visit the awesome blog: everything else we do, to see the instructions and more photos.

Why do I love this pattern?

  • Two words- Straight. Needles. Circulars and I just don’t get along. We’re working on our relationship.
  • The buttons! Did you see the buttons? I love them.
  • And because, of course, it looks super cozy and warm.

Stay tuned to see how mine turns out!

Update:
The cowl is finally in progress! I’m using this really cool bluish/dark green Merino Aran wool that was passed along to me months ago.

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Only about 20 minutes into this project and I’m already loving this color with the moss stitch

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In case you’ve never done a moss stitch, it’s super easy. If you can knit and purl, you’re good to go. Here’s a quick guide:

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Type 1 Diabetes

Hide and Seek

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One thing (and maybe the only thing) I liked about my Omnipod was that once I stuck it on, I was good to go- I could wear anything I wanted without thinking twice. Sure sometimes the lump was noticeable through fitted clothes but most of the time, no one knew I had it on.

In comes my new Minimed 530G Pump. I love it. I love how consistent my insulin delivery seems to be and that my blood sugar is displayed on the pump as well..no more carrying around a separate Dexcom unit.

Know what else I love? Dresses. With Tights. And sometimes with long sleeves under them (under the dress, not under the tights). And sometimes a sweater over top, especially when my office has the a/c on in November.

What don’t I love? Having to figure out where in the world my pump is going to go. If I wear a belt and a cardigan over top, I can string the tubing through the armhole of the dress and then clip the pump onto the belt. Still a lump but not a big deal. But, what if I don’t want to wear a belt? Or a cardigan? Like today. I ended up having to throw on a sweater and a belt because I couldn’t for the life of me figure out where to put my pump (and I was already running late, shocking).

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If I didn’t have the CGM on the pump, I would easily clip it to my tights under my dress but I’d have to lift up my skirt to look at my blood sugar. Maybe it’s just me but I tend to check that thing all day long and flashing people every 20mins isn’t the best idea.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. At this point, I’m ready to attach the pump to a necklace around my neck. A necklace made of tubing.

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Type 1 Diabetes

Stop, Calibrate, and Listen.

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Up and running on the Minimed 530G. Up until about an hour ago, my numbers correlated with how I felt and my Dexcom G4. Naturally, I removed my Dexcom, feeling pretty confident in my Minimed system. So wrong.

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Update: 11/04/2013

Must have been a fluke with the new system..maybe it just needed time to warm up but all day yesterday and today, things have been great! My Enlite CGM number is within points of my fingersticks and I’m quite pleased with having everything on one device. Check out a post later this week when I’ll compare the Omnipod, Dexcom G4, and Minimed 530G with Enlite.

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Type 1 Diabetes

National Diabetes Month

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Every year, JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, offers a really neat opportunity. People without diabetes can register for a text campaign which will help them to understand a bit more about what life with Type 1 diabetes is like. (I’d love it if they actually had some sort of pill or device that would allow someone to feel low and high..the “feelings” of diabetes are hard to describe to someone who is generally pretty healthy- this campaign is a great start though). Click on the image to sign up. T1Dcarousel

And while you’re at it, consider starting a team for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. You’re more than welcome to join or donate to my team too! 🙂

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Type 1 Diabetes

Insulin Pump Woes

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At the end of September, I realized I was over Omnipod. Walking around with a beeping golf ball stuck to my abdomen for the past 5 years was finally getting old. As much as I really didn’t want to have a tube constantly linking me to my insulin pump, I decided that I’m old enough (33, yikes!) to not care about hiding a pump or answering the inevitable questions that come with it. 
 
MiniMed quickly got approval from my insurance (100%, boom!) and I received the MiniMed Paradigm Revel a week later. 
 
It only took me a few minutes to get started, as the pump settings & insertion were virtually the same as they were 13 years ago when I started on a MiniMed pump. 
 
Within a few days, MiniMed called to say the 530G system was *finally* FDA approved and would be on its way. 
 

This arrived last Thursday: 

 
Sweet, right?! Except for one thing- they made me promise, basically in blood, that I wouldn’t start the system without reading the textbook that came with it and attending an in-person training. I am so anxious to ditch my Dexcom G4 CGM and have everything on one handy device that, shhhh, if they don’t schedule my training in the next few days, I’m putting myself on the 530G system this Saturday. 
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