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.