Oh yes I did let my fingers do the walking whilst recovering from neck surgery. And not just the 1967 Vintage Raleigh Sprite bicycle. It rides great with a new set of tires and a Mr. Lady tune up. Just the thing for an Old Zipperneck.
A fellow Raveller had a loom for sale and answered my forum plea for a countermarche. It is a Swedish loom, a vintage Glimakra 120 cm, 4 shaft, 6 treadle. Sue brought it from her Vermont farmhouse to meet Mr. Lady when he was cleaning out his mom’s house in Alexandria. She was on a trip to visit the D.C. area. Prior to being in Vermont the loom was in Holland after being built in Sweden then crossed the ocean to live in New England where I don’t think it was ever used. Mr. Lady and I set it up and I am learning about dressing it. A rag rug will be first up.
If I can’t go to Scandinavia I will at least own a bit of it. I dream big. Thank you Sue!
Suzie the Fiberdog has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It happened suddenly on July 6th, and it was cancer. Stupid cancer. I miss her each and every day, she was my constant stay at home companion. She got me through the recovery without letting me slack on my activity and then she died. I know she waited til I was recovered and well. I so much appreciated her presence and she will never be replaced. We will have another dog at some point but never another Suzie.
We are going to the Outer Banks next week. The weather is almost too hot to go to the beach, much less knit, weave, or ride bikes. But we will have a place to stay unlike the very old days when we camped in a tent and the mosquitoes ate us.
The Emperor agrees.
Meanwhile I weave another spa towel on old Nilus. This one is for me.
I wish I had a better photo but the iPhone will have to do. I will have to recommend the kit from Halcyon Yarn. Everything included and it is a beautiful towel. Large too! After 2 runs through hot wash and dry it is 28″ x 64″. Big enough for a pool or beach towel. I am in the process of warping one in another color. I might be tempted to put on a long warp for several. Easy plain weave alternating 5/2 cotton and bulky cotton chenille.
I have done lots of knitting in my 2 months since surgery finishing some old projects and starting many. Many. Including one yesterday when the perfect storm of pattern, yarn and heavy weather came together to result in a new project.
Here are a bunch of photos. Windward, Karabella Yoke Cardigan and Rowan Denim Lauren cardigan. The Karabella sweater is knit of Aurora 8 and my friend Issy did the finishing because I could not get the yoke piece to fit the body. If you knit this pattern, do yourself a favor and knit the yoke on. Use the yarn, it is soft and gorgeous.
My neck is fusing according to the xrays taken at the end of May. I have weaned out of the rigid collar and am using a soft collar for the next 2 months til I can wean out of that one. Fun! I have driven exactly 4 times since the beginning of March, twice to the drug store, once to shop a little (prompt retreat home) and one to check out the summer shoes at DSW. No shoes but I will treat you to my new neck bling profile! I still get some neck spasms but considering what I was dealing with before this is nothing.
To my SIL Pamela, I am so sorry you too have to have cervical fusion surgery but it is doable. I am so glad you can have 1/2 the surgery. I don’t even feel the incision in the front. I did have a little sore throat but it went in about 3 days. Just think we can have matchy scars! The posterior work was a bitch, I won’t lie.
As for me, I am doing OK. Had a wee setback with some sort of Norman Bates-ish knife stab pain in my left shoulder that they think is from some internal swelling in the posterior neck site. I am almost done with a Medrol dose pack, the pain almost gone. I go tomorrow for my first post op visit to see the surgeon and get fitted with my “external bone growth stimulator”. I have already heard all the jokes. Other than than I am doing really well. Better than I expected at 2 weeks. The only thing is energy, not back to what I had but I will take it. My pain in my arm, leg, shoulder and hip are gone. Better than expected. Glad I had the surgery and glad there are narcotics.
The absolute worst thing about recovery is twofold: 1. the fact that I cannot bend over or reach above my head. The neck collar impedes that somewhat but still I am not supposed to do it. I keep forgetting. And I can’t walk Suzie. Or clean out the cat box…hee hee. I suppose I could sit on a chair and scoop poops but whatever. Not gonna do it. And 2. the need for er, um, miralax. Do NOT go without such a thing if you want to live through the days on narcotics. I tried. Stupid.
Sleeping is possible in the recliner and in bed with enough of an incline provided by a wedge pillow on bottom (get one at Bed Bath and Beyond), a euro square pillow on that and then some bed pillows as needed. Also put long pillows beside you and you wont roll around as much as I am a dedicated left side sleeper this has been a little problem for me. My asleep self is fighting it.
Mr Lady has been an angel. Yes, I said that. And Pamela, you will need help with food and drink and handing out those pills and keeping track of when you last took those pills….at least for a few days. Maybe I should send Mr Lady? He does know what is needed. Who knew he had mad nurse skillz?
And, to top it all off, his robotics team FINALLY won the USFIRST regional robotics tournament last Saturday. They are going to St Louis to compete in nationals in late April. They do need sponsor money but I think USFIRST/Nasa will pay if they don’t have enough. Some one of the resourseful kids strapped a teeny camera on the front to go all ESPN on them. I’ll take a nerd any day.
Oh one other thing…I want my damn Peyton Manning autograph. We had the same surgery why can’t someone get me one? I know he had more surgeries but still we are kin.
I always thought that when I get stressed I knit. The threat of incapacitation has amped me up. I have been thinking about all of the things that I have started that are not finished and have tried to finish them. First, there were the quilt blocks. Check. Next is the shrug for my eldest and the socks for Daniel that were promised at Christmas.
The shrug was literally unphotographable in its finished state as it is made of black wool/cotton (Debbie Bliss Wool & Cotton DK from stash) and is stretchy. It has been sent to her in Alabama. The pattern is from Churchmouse. It was very fun to knit with its unusual smocking stitch.
The socks are the Simple Skyp Socks, a free Ravelry download. The pattern is definitely simple and a little boring but makes a beautiful sock. Yarn is Malabrigo Arroyo superwash merino.
I also started and finished a new pair of slippers for myself – the Duffers- revisited pattern on Ravelry. (Cascade 220 from stash) Just in case my feet get cold sleeping in my recliner.
I also bought some interlining for a tote bag I have not started but might do this weekend. And I ate 2 scoops of Gelati Celesti yesterday. Salted caramel mixed with Chocolate Decadence…an inspired combo if I do say so myself.
Oh, and I bid on a small sofa (for my new crafty room) at a local online auction. Now I need a truck. Maybe I should stop…..
Hello all. I have been fitted for my neck support device and gotten the pre-op haircut. I think they will clip the back of my neck even further. Here is the debut of the neck collar. Apparently, I will wake wearing this necklace and be utterly happy about it. Not.
I have to tell you about some really great friends that are here supporting me. I have spoken about going to knit night on Tuesday nights. We call it TNK for Tuesday Night Knitting. ”Membership” is loose and changing but there are quite a few regulars. I am irregular regular and they must understand that because they welcome my attendance and contribution whenever I manage to get there. We laugh a lot and share good and bad. There has been a lot of bad in this past year believe you me.
For some reason during my life I have never really been a joiner. Even though I was in a service club in high school (Treasurer, money stolen from my locker) and a sorority in college (craziness beyond the pale). I usually don’t last long in informal or formal group attendance. I hated playground recess from an early age as it was wild and unstructured. The teachers stood in the shade and smoked. I didn’t climb on the jungle gym because there were territorial little horrors that took that structure over. I didn’t run around the blacktop because there were impromptu dodgeball thugs. I did jump rope if I could manage to grab it when the teacher pulled it out of the toy box. Mostly I played jump the drainage ditch near the mulberry bushes with my friends Julie, Harriett and Lorenza and sometimes Fifi. We made up stories and games and ate mulberries and honeysuckle. Oh and there were 2 sets of twins in my class named Sharon and Karen. The Sharons were nice and the Karens were mean. Weird. My old elementary school was converted into the alternative high school then into a hospice, one of the first in the nation. I wonder what that means.
I digress. Anyway, my TNK friends went together and got me the greatest pre-op gift ever given in advance of my incarceration and euthanasia as we joke about it. A beautiful tote bag in Dala horse fabric (love them!) by Issy who makes gorgeous bags for knitting. A fantastic book prop pillow. A more than generous gift certificate for books from a retailer of online digital media for my digital reading device. I just have to show you some pictures. I am so grateful! Several of the members have offered their service in awesome and unusual ways: loan me various DVDs from “Northern Exposure” to “Game of Thrones”, teach me spanish, provide algebra equation games for my brain, assist me with tapping the PayPal button on my phone, take a professional portrait of me while in recovery, drive me hither and yon and cook for me.
I am still spinning some “humbug” jacob fiber that happens to coordinate with the Forest Darkness cardigan which continues to grow. What the heck is humbug fiber?
Now, I also bought this antique bowl thing with a drain hole in the center and a little handle above the hole. It is about 10 inches across and 3 inches deep. I don’t know what it is! Anyone know?