In the nick of time

Tomorrow is the big day and while I don’t anticipate having much time to knit, you’d better believe I will still be bringing a project or three with me. I’m happy to say that I have another finished object to share with you though. I’ve been using my nervous energy this week to work on my knitting and a little bit of sewing. As you already know I finished my tank and much to my delight I was accosted at the local Post Office by an elderly lady who asked if I had someone make the tank for me. I proudly announced, “No. I made it myself!” Clearly she was impressed. I am very proud of my work and even more so when someone out there recognizes how much time and love, (and money, let’s face it people), goes into my hard work. Nothing could bring be down, but for the anxiety I can’t shake in anticipation of my upcoming surgery. You have no idea how relieved I will be to have the surgery over and to be able to come home to my own bed in a few days. I do look forward to my four day hospital stay. It will be the most rest I’ve had following a hospital visit and, for that, I’m grateful.

Introducting Helena, modeled by the sophisticated and glamorous Scout, (if she won’t be a nun, she might be a model):


  • Helena from Knitty, Summer 2008
  • Yarn is Lana Grossa Elastico in a coral pink, approximately 450 yards used
  • Needle were US 6’s and 2’s for gauge
  • Mods: I did a 2×2 ribbing for the short sleeves and for the neck line. I didn’t add any ties or buttons. This was just something simple to throw over a shirt.
  • Dislikes: Sewing the hem. I’m not a hand sewer by any means. So that was a bit of a turn off but it gave the bottom of the sweater a pretty detail with the lace.

Scout seems quite enthralled with clothing and shoes, especially the hand knits. I will take that as a good sign and continue knitting for her until she says, “Mooooom, I don’t want anything handmade. That’s not cool.” Then I will crawl into a corner and what happened to my baby. Though, I have more faith that she will accept my handknits graciously, and happily, as compared to her brother. I only knit for him for about 5 years before making two sweaters he’s still never worn. * sigh *

Anyway, I decided to definitely work on Cookie A.’s Baudelaire Socks in some Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn.  This was actually the first sock pattern out there that I saw and had to have even though I didn’t know how to knit socks quite yet. For some reason the pattern vanished from my mind and reappeared about two weeks ago. How I could have forgotten it’s beauty I don’t know. But I trust Cookie and her sock pattern skills, so it’s a must do!

I haven’t decided on what else to bring. I thought about taking my Vogue Cabled Sweater, (you know, the one I started two years ago?), but then I thought, “Do I really want to work on cables after stomach surgery?”. I would love to have this sweater done by this winter, but what was I thinking to have chosen an all cabled sweater? I swear! I’d really like to start another CPH, (Central Park Hoodie), in Cascade 220. They have the most delicious chocolate brown at the LYS that I put it on hold yesterday and am hoping Shawn will pick it up after work. I will do a larger size this time and I will make the sweater at least 1 1/2″ – 2″ longer. I think the cables would look wonderful in the brown. But then there are so many other simple sweaters that I’d like to start and have for my winter wardrobe. It’s so hard to choose. Then, of course, the new KnitScene will be out on the 22nd and if you haven’t checked out the preview you should because it’s superb. Decisions, decisions.

Anyway, farewell my good friends. I wanted to say thank you to many of you for your private emails and your comments regarding my surgery. I’ve had a very rough time with this decision and dealing with the anxiety. Unfortunately I don’t have much support from my real life friends because they are so busy with work and family. Somehow, though, my blog buddies lift me up and remind me of what great people are out there in the world. If you all lived nearby I’d throw you a party. But since most of you live quite far, you’ll have to accept my gift of a cyber card:

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words, your support and your understanding.

And morbid as it may be, I have left a “will”, (not quite official). A few of you are named in there. Mainly because I don’t think Shawn would even know what to do with all of my yarn or fabric. But don’t worry, I’m not giving up that easy! I still have some Sundara and Noro to knit up.

Til next week.


6 thoughts on “In the nick of time

  1. a few days? that’s not so bad. i hope you’re home by monday, at least. and i’ll be thinking of you all day tomorrow and hope you’re doing very well afterwards. scout’s hair looks so light! she’s been in the sun a lot this summer.

  2. Scout is so beautiful, and her little sweater is just precious.

    I hope you enjoy knitting your Baudelaires – they’ve been on my list for the longest time as well. I will just say good luck and enjoy your rest… Hugs!

  3. What a beautiful sweater! That really turned out great…and a beautiful little girl too!

    Good luck tomorrow. I can’t remember what surgery you are having (hyster???). If that’s what it is, I had one in February 2007 at the ripe old age of 30. Recovery was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

    Enjoy your four days of “rest” and I wish you a speedy recovery. Hugs!!

    ~ xoxo ~

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