Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Merry Christmas

The past few weeks have gone by in a blur. I have absolutely no knitting news to show or report really. I finished my sweater but have not assembled it. I did make a scarf for a gift and I am still working on a pair of socks for a dear friend. She will get them after Christmas. I had a little relapse last week and had to be in bed for 2 days but with pain meds, advil, and the heating pad I was good to go by Friday. I didn't feel like knitting those days and just kind of slept. I have finished all my shopping, mailed the gifts that needed to be sent off, and I have wrapped almost everything. I have a few things left to do. The biggest thing is Christmas cards. I usually have those done early December but not this year. I did have a Christmas cookie exchange on Sunday that was a huge success. I have been to several in the past but never hosted my own and all my guest were first timers. It was so much fun and nobody brought the same cookie as anyone else. I had 14 guests and we all walked away with tons and tons of cookies! I was elected to host this event every year. I would love to and hope the participant list grows! I made lots of appetizers to snack on so that we wouldn't eat the cookies. My oldest son is taking finals this week. I've helped him go over some of the reviews. Let me just say this, I am so glad I am past all that! If I wasn't holding the review with the answers he'd have me figured out. My youngest son has a Christmas party on Thursday and then we officially start our Christmas holidays. My oldest son is going skiing with our church youth group the day after Christmas in Colorado. I'm sure it is more winter like weather there than we have been having here. We did have a week of cold weather and then it turned to summer again. Sorry for the no knitting news but I am slowly getting the socks done.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Socks, scooters and Melissa!

Here are the 4 pairs of socks I completed during my 2 week recovery time. I am working on another pair of socks for a Christmas gift and the new skein is "Rosie" from Yarn Pirate.
This is my brother playing very hard with David on Thanksgiving Day. My brother was exhausted at the end of this day. David was too!
This is my sweet little Melissa. I think she is just precious and I couldn't love her more if she were my own child. She is adorable if I do say so myself in the sweater and booties I made her before I knew if she was a boy or a girl. I know she is sideways but I don't know how to rotate the picture. If you know how, let me know!

I think things might be settling down a wee bit here out our house. My inlaws are hanging in there. If you are inclined, they could use prayers still. Yesterday it was 81 degrees and today it is 27 degrees. I am freezing. And yes, I did turn on the heater. I am recovering nicely and am able to ease back into life. I feel very good and have started Christmas shopping. I hope to get my decorating done this weekend. I am hosting my first ever Christmas Cookie Exchange in a couple of weeks and I think I am going to have a good turn out! I haven't decided which cookies to make yet but I have a gazillion recipes to decide from.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Too Much Knitting?

NOT! However, I am a little excited to go see the surgeon this morning and get an update on my condition and limitations. Hopefully, there won't be too many. I am having some intense pain behind my left knee. A pain that actually has made me scream 3 times. One time it woke me up, but not my husband. The scream must have been the same frequency as a baby crying at night. I'm wondering if I have some nerve damage. Enough about that. I am going to finish my 4th pair of socks in 2 weeks today. I have also been working on my sweater. I had to stop working on socks 2 days this week due to a blister from my sock needle. A knitting injury! I put a bandaid on the blister but thought I'd use a bigger needle and get some progress on the sweater so I can wear it soon! Two pairs of the socks are Christmas gifts for my Mother. She picked out the yarn at my LYS just before surgery. One pair was knit on size 3 dpns and the other pair was knit on size 1 dpns. My current pair are knit on size 2 and I'm using Hill Country Yarns Sweet Feet Sock Yarn in beautiful shades of purple, blue, green, browns, and gold. I really like these and I will be finished today! I think I'll finish my sweater after this pair of socks. Because I have made 8 pairs of socks in about 6 weeks. I should count how many pairs I have total. Thanks again for all the well wishes. My husband has been AMAZING during this time. He is taking care of me, getting the boys to and from school and working! We have had wonderful friends bringing in meals which has been a tremendous blessing. However, when it rains it pours. Both my husband's parents are in the hospital with unrelated illnesses and both are in serious condition. We are in Texas, they are in New York. I know he is stressed out worrying about them and taking care of us. He and my oldest son are going to NY next week Monday thru Friday so he can meet with his brothers and sister and make some plans. He was unsure about leaving me but my parents will help me out here. The upside to all of this is I get to see my sweet baby niece, Melissa. I will stay with my parents with our other 2 sons. I am so excited to see Melissa . . . oh, and my brother and sister-in-law. I am so happy to actually leave the house today! I'll post if I have any news.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Lots of Time to Knit

I am now post surgery. Everything went fine. Now comes the tough part, recovery. The doctors and nurses said I was an excellent patient. My surgeon told me I was a lightweight as they had to pull back on anesthesia. It didn't take much to put me under. I feel pretty good. I have some numbness in my left foot. I'm having a difficult time figuring where it starts and ends. My back throbs every now and then but I am mainly taking pain meds at bedtime now. So, I knit while waiting to go into surgery and it did calm me quite a bit. In fact, those are the socks I started Wednesday and I finished them on Saturday. I started some foot warmers on Saturday afternoon from "One Skein" using Lorna's Laces and I'm almost finished with the first one. Here is a picture of the 4 pairs of socks I completed during socktoberfest. The sock on the needles is the pair I started Wednesday and finished Saturday. This is the sweater that I started right before Socktoberfest and have worked very little on, however, the back is complete. I have the yarn and pattern in the bin next to my bed to work on over the next few weeks while I am limited with what I can do. I have received flowers, meals and cards. I have never been on this side. By that I mean receiving. It feels weird. I am so thankful to everyone that has sent me well wishes. I am not a good person at asking for help so for all this stuff to just appear is quite amazing. I know I am blessed. My youngest son's class did get well cards for me. They are absolutely precious. The personal notes, scripture verses and art are awesome! I will definitely scrapbook these items. I sent the class mini-m&m's and cool pencils as a thank you for praying for me. My husband has been Mr. Mom this weekend and has done a very good job. The laundry is done (and so much more)! He might do a better job than me. But, I don't think he wants to do it on a continual basis. My youngest son turned 8 on Friday and I couldn't go to his party but again, my husband did a great job on handling the 20 kids that were there. My son had a blast and came home and showed me all the goodies he received. He sat on the bed with me and we went through the pictures on the camera so he could show and tell me what was what. Well, I'm off to complete my foot warmer. I'm trying to utilize this time to get lots of knitting done!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

On the positive side . . .

I will have back surgery on November 2. I can't do much of anything after that for 6 weeks. I can knit though. I've already gotten lots of knitting done for socktoberfest even though I don't have the pictures to prove it. I am on my 6th sock which actually has me on my 4th pair of socks. I might actually get these finished by next week! 4 pairs of socks - not bad! That is positive don't ya think? So for the first 2 weeks I'm completely homebound unless I have physical therapy then 4 weeks after that I can do light things but no major housework or laundry - DARN! I have to bring all my sock yarn stash downstairs from my craft room in case I want to knit knit knit. So, I need all my favorite bloggers to stay current better than I do (and y'all do) so y'all can entertain me! I'm counting on you.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Sock Progress and a Contest Winner

I have made a lot of progress on my socks for this month but as usual I don't have any pictures. I finished the second sock of my Lola socks. I made a pair of basic socks with a six inch ribbing out of Claudia's Handpainted yarn. I am working on my second pair of socks (just finished the first one) out of another colorway of Claudia's. I am also working on a sweater which is going slowly. I should be farther along but life is getting in the way. I hurt my back (sitting on the floor believe it or not) mid-August. I have been going to doctors, physical therapy and taking it pretty easy since then. I had an xray early on which showed nothing but had an MRI on Wednesday after having what felt like an explosion in my back on Wednesday morning while brushing my teeth. I went down on the floor and it took an hour to get me up. Anyway, I have a 1cm bulging disc between my L5 and S1 disc. Apparently, that is significant. I have been in bed on heavy medication and see a surgeon on Monday. I don't know where this is going but my physical therapist and general practioner seem to be leaning towards surgery. I'm in denial. The medication makes me pretty groggy and I have my knitting next to me and look at it and pretend I'm knitting. I won a contest from Yarn Pirate and received my goody box today. She sent me a lovely pair of Trekking sock yarn and some chocolate (white - YUMMY!) and the cutest Pez dispenser - it's a sheep! I think it is a keychain. Again, no pictures but I'll have my husband take one for posting at a later time. I cannot wait for her personal yarn to be back in stock because I literally want about 5 colors that I'm sure I cannot live without! And on the scrapbooking front, I attended Celebrate Dallas last weekend and got 64 pages completed! So, I'm getting stuff done and maybe I'll get this third pair of socks finished before Socktoberfest is over. Take care!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Two Weeks Later

I finally finished my neverending scarf - Interlocking Balloon Scarf. I haven't weaved in the ends or blocked it yet, but I will . . . someday. I have started a simple v-neck sweater out of Mountain Colors Twizzle - Mountain Tango - shades of green, yellow, blues, purples and yellow. I also casted on yesterday for my second "Lola" sock and that will be my first sock for Socktoberfest. I hope to get another pair done. My first "baby" was 14 yesterday. Where does the time go? He got to go on a fun trip with his Dad to St. Louis. They had attended a Mavericks' basketball game at the beginning of the year when Mark Cuban (owner of Mavs) gave everyone in the audience a free American Airline ticket to one of 4 destinations. So my husband and son went to St. Louis and saw a baseball game on Saturday and a football game yesterday. I'm telling you these guys are sports crazy - they can watch and cheer for anyone! As it turns out they stayed in the same hotel as the Detroit Lions and my son met many different players, got autographs and gave them his personal advice. He then was on a shuttle bus this morning with the NY Rangers announcer and got to talk to him about the Rangers! The Rangers are his favorite hockey team. He made it back to Fort Worth only missing one class this morning but he is on cloud 9. It was my first time away from him on his bday but we will celebrate as a family tonight. So, I'm off to New York this weekend to take my youngest son apple picking and visit my inlaws. Hopefully, I'll have some beautiful photographs. I'm wondering if the leaves are turning color at all. I'll post pictures soon.