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!