Friday, October 7, 2011

Playing Catch Up

Oy! Life has been insane! After my shoulder break (June), possible unnecessary gallbladder surgery (July), blood clot from said surgery requiring a 5 day hospital stay (Aug), I'm still working on healing from EVERYTHING. Anyone who's had their gallbladder out knows it takes time to, well, ..."adjust'. Lets just say I'm still "adjusting" so I stick close to home.  My shoulder still hurts but my range of motion has improved over time although I've got to get better about doing my stretches everyday.  I'll probably be on blood thinners for about 6 mos for the clot (Portal Vein Thrombosis - Not good!), I have another CT scan mid-November to see if it's dissolved at all (please, please, please...). All of this in addition to the fibro pain and inflammation I suffer from has made life just... dandy. But I'm still here (weaker and shakier but surviving).

And I'm still knitting! (slow as it may be)
Pattern: Just my usual basic 64 stitch sock.
Yarn: Regia Design Line by Kaffe Fassett in Exotic Color Pool Colorway
Hmmm, I wasn't crazy about this yarn. It felt like knitting with Paton's Kroy Sock: sort of rough when knitting up & slighty itchy. Not a favorite but I do love the colors. I'm sending these to my Mom for Christmas and she wears her socks around the house so hopefully they'll feel okay to her. She's not a big wussy pants like I am about the itch factor.

To compensate I'm sending her these too:
Pattern: My same ol' basic pattern
Yarn: Knitting Fever Indulgence in Colorway: 115 (Pinks, greens, white)
Now these are SOFT! I wasn't thrilled that the gorgeous colors in the ball sort of got "muddied" up in the knit fabric but they feel so good it's okay, the pink still comes through some. Mom will certainly enjoy these too! (my photo taking skills are so below par - I blame it on not feeling good and being too lazy to edit right now).

I also finished a simple pair of ribbed fingerless mitts for my daughter for the high school football games but I haven't seen them since they came off the needles in time for last game night - so no pics yet. I have another pair in the works for my other daughter but it's been slow going working with Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn. People are right in saying it's tough on their hands, it does feel like knitting with cotton - no give = pain in your fingers and hands. Not fun.

I also gave up being chicken about getting back to my spinning. When I broke my shoulder I was about 1/3 into spinning some gorgeous hand-dyed Polwarth I picked up at the last fiber festival I attended. I had such an amazing consistency streak going I guess I was afraid to mess it all up after being away from it for so long. I finally got up the nerve, oiled my wheel a bit, and was off to the races again:
I have to find the tag to check the info but I'm pretty sure it's Rivers Edge - Out of Oz (Reflection colorway). It's 4 oz of Polwarth. I'll probably be working this as a 2 ply and it should be a fingering/light sport when it's done. I can't wait, plying makes it all magical for me!

I've got so much blog reading to catch up on. Someday I pray things will be back to normal in my world.
Happy Knitting!


Cat said...

Hooray for the 'basic 64' sock, my favorite travel sock. No fuss, no muss, and even my bad memory can (mostly) get through it. I am sure sorry to hear about all the dents and dings, recovery must be about all you can do at this point. Eeep! The spinning looks nice!


Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

Found you through another blog, and like your attitude! Your socks make me want to knit another pair as it has been ages since I tried them. (never really had success with sizing socks, but all the podcasters do it, so will have to use a simpler "recipe"). Sounds like your poor body has had a whippin.! Feel better, Nancy

Yarn Dependent Me said...

Glad to know you're still alive and kickin! Feel better!

Anna said...

Hope you feel much better soon! Glad you're improving, though. I need to get back to sock knitting. I love the patterns and colors you chose.

NatRed2 said...

Yay!! Dawns back!! At least you have your socks to knit :)
I am a big wussy pants too about the itch factor. Thats why I don't use Regia any more. Kaffe Fassett does do nice colors doesn't he.

Prairie Rose said...

I am so sorry to hear of your struggles!
I will pray that you will continue to heal and be back to your ol' self soon:)
Love the socks! the colors are awesome!
Glad you are getting back into the spinning world:)
Take Care, Friend!