Thursday, January 12, 2006

This Is It!

People sometimes refer to labyrinthitis as an inner ear infection, but it usually isn't due to an actual ear infection. In the most general terms it's a condition which causes irritation of tiny structures such as microscopic hair cells which project into fluid-filled canals (labyrinths) within the vestibular system located deep in the inner ear. Normal balance is, to a degree, controlled by movement of fluid and particles in the labyrinths, in response to changes of body position. This causes the hair cells to send electrical impulses to the brain helping to define the body's orientation. In labyrinthitis the hair cells and other structures in the labyrinths have become irritated or inflamed. They discharge randomly, sending chaotic messages to the brain, tricking the brain into thinking you or your surroundings are moving or spinning. In the vast majority of patients with labyrinthitis syndrome, the acute episode is self-limited and lasts anywhere from days to weeks.

More information here. Conclusion: They don’t really know what causes it (49% of cases are idiopathic — aka “unknown cause”—unless it was viral or even more rarely bacterial) and there isn’t much they can do about it (unless it’s bacterial in which case antibiotics will help) except treat symptoms, which in my case isn’t warranted. I don’t have a temperature and I’m not vomiting. So thanks for all the well-meaning advice I’ve gotten from everyone! But I’m much improved today anyway. Hopefully this will be the last of it. I almost feel normal again — not lost in the Labyrinth with the old Minotaur. (How’s your Greek mythology?)

So here we have the finished baby hat. Cute huh? I just had a thought that if the corkscrews were green it would look like a plum! Too late. Vital statistics:

Date started: December 7, 2005 (it languished for awhile!)
Date completed: January 11, 2006
Yarn: Lanett Superwash, 100% merino wool, 50g=195m, MC - 5226/5188 purple, CC - 5213/4772 lilac
Amount: MC - about 1/2 ball, CC - few metres
Needles: 3 mm dpns (Swallow Casein)
Gauge: 7 st per inch

CO 100 st. Knit 6 inches in st st.
Decrease row 1: [k8, k2tog] around
Row 2 and all alternate rows: knit
Row 3: [k7, k2tog] around
Row 5: [k6, k2tog] around
Row 7: [k5, k2tog] around
Row 9: [k4, k2tog] around
Row 11: [k3, k2tog] around
Row 12: [k2, k2tog] around
Row 13: [k1, k2tog] around
Row 15: [k2tog] around; 10 st
Row 17: [k2tog] around; 5 st
Draw up all rem sts and fasten off.

Crochet Corkscrew Tassel
With contrast yarn and 2mm hook, ch 17.
2 DC in 3rd ch from hook, 2DC in each ch until last 2 ch.
In second-last ch, 1DC. Sl st in last ch. Do not break yarn.
Ch 17. Repeat row of DCs and finish as for first corkscrew, except that last sl st is in the same st as first corkscrew.
Make a third corkscrew as for second one.
Tie first and last tails together and pull through centre to underside.
Use these to stitch it through point of hat.

I’m partway down the poncho and I remembered another reason why those lifted increases worked so well last time. If you work the first one before the marker, move the marker, knit the centre stitch, and then work the second increase before the next stitch, you don’t have stitches building up between the marker and the centre stitch necessitating frequently moving it to the correct place. It just stays where it belongs naturally. Elegant. I like that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Louisa, Over the holiday I developed a swelling in my left pinky finger which stiffened it along with the ring finger and searing pain for days. I kept thinking that it couldn't be infection cuz I had no fever, there was no red line going up my arm, no visible entry spot. Just swelling, stiffeness, and profound pain. But it turns out antibiotics is what is reversing it. weird.....