Archive for July, 2011

Brin redux

July 12, 2011
Brin redux by MajoraSue
Brin redux, a photo by MajoraSue on Flickr.

since I can’t put the pic in my post, here it is seperate

New Shawl

July 12, 2011

I finished the Brin redux shawl Sunday night, and blocked and wove in ends today. It is light as a feather, and I am very proud of how it turned out. Love the yarn (Baby Lace Merino from Elann, half merino, half baby alpaca).

I really am going to have to spend some time figuring out how to post pictures from my Flickr account, but for now here is the link:

It took just a month to do, which isn’t bad considering that quite a bit of that time was limited due to the shoulder surgery. Speaking of which , I continue to improve (and to be a bad cripple). It is very hard to get through my normal day without using that arm to lift things or put weight on that arm. Friday my van died on my ay home from dropping the kid off at work and I had to push it completely off the road then hike a mile to my mom’s for help. That will teach me to leave the cell phone at home on the charger! Not moving the car was not an option. The shoulder actually complained less than the back & hip. I baby it as much as I can, do my exercises, and revel in the fact that it hurts SO much less than before the surgery. After pt on Monday the therapist asked me what my pain level in the shoulder was. Now, it had been at a 3 when  I walked in, and we had actually started doing some more active movements. I had to think for a second before I could say there wasn’t any pain. My shoulder was tired, my back & hip hurt, but there wasn’t any pain! Mom had taken me, since car was in the shop getting a new serpentine belt, and her mouth dropped open. Even she couldn’t remember the last time I could say no pain! I have dealt with this since a car accident in 2005; it’s been a long time coming. Now if we could just get the back and hip to fall in line…

Still Recovering

July 3, 2011

I am such a bad cripple. I want to be better NOW. But the docs and therapists keep telling me that the easier I take things now, the quicker I’ll recover over all. Last Friday I got the ok to drive, but I’m still not allowed to feed. Thank goodness for oldest and his wife. They have come over every day and fed and watered the beasties.

Progress has been slowed on the Brin Redux shawl. I went into surgery with 10 of 32 points done. Last night I got to the half way point. At least I had the fore sight to start a pair of socks to keep me sane while I recover. Started them the morning of surgery, got to the heel flaps before they took me in. I’m now half way through the gusset on one and starting the gusset on the other. I’m using some of the yarn I got at Woodland Woolworks at their closing sale. It’s called Maizy (82% corn, 18% elastic, made by Crystal Palace). Not sure if I like it; it is very loosely plied and I keep splitting the yarn. I have enough of it for 2 pairs at least. The one I’m working on is “Turf”, working up very camo looking. No pattern, since I was going for truly mindless knitting (kind of mandatory, due to pain killers).

I started the Tour de Fleece on Ravelry yesterday. I’m on 3 teams. Didn’t spin much, and was using the electric. The shoulder said quit after about half an hour. On the wheel I’m going to have to manage an unsupported long draw with my right hand, something I’ve never done before. Live and learn.

Today I have been smoking a 15 pound brisket that eldest son brought over. Slow going. It’s been on since about 10 am (so about 6 1/2 hours so far), and probably has at least 6 more hours to go. I’m using an apple tree that didn’t survive as the smoke wood, and did a dry rub of salt, pepper and garlic. It smells so good already! I should be working on the potato salad that I said I’d bring to our 4th of July feast tomorrow, but that’s going to require a trip to the store, and my back isn’t up to it right now. Maybe later, or maybe tomorrow morning. Gotta listen to the back (which is not at all happy with how sedentary I’ve been over the last week)

And the youngest should be home tonite or tomorrow! Got a job in town, so he’ll be here all summer, but I’m eager to hear all about his trip to Europe (Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Paris). Plus, I’m supposedly getting a present out of the deal, so it’ll be interesting to see what that is…

Last, but definitely not least, I found out that Brin entered her wedding shawl in the Spinner’s Lead at Black Sheep Gathering and won! Sounds like the prizes for that have gotten much better (at least according to what Laura won for her two entries). Wish I could have been there to see. This is the first BSG I’ve missed in forever.