Moving Right Along

I wish that I could tell you that I was busy and productive during my two week hiatus, but I’d be lying. I wasn’t busy. I wasn’t productive, (not much anyway). I wasn’t reading the classics. I wasn’t trying new recipes. I wasn’t folding laundry. I wasn’t really living life. I feel a bit like James Stewart in “Rear Window”, only my neighbors are nowhere near as interesting. And there isn’t a cute little dog that you can tote in a basket.

No, life has been downright b.o.r.i.n.g. I’ve been out of the house three times. Two of those times I fell. The crutches just flew out from under me and somehow I landed on my face the first time. My knee, the second time. So I’ve essentially regressed and am now a total hermit. A boring one at that.

Tuesday just happened to be the day where I decided to take up my knitting needles and make a few stitches. Not too bad, when I ended up with this:

Crab

(Sorry for the shabby photo, but I can only move in so many positions now.) He’s the Deadliest Crab from Knitty.com. He’s going to be a birthday present once I finish up the last two back legs and the front claws.

Working on him made me realize a few things.

1. I really need to finish working on my Etsy Orders.

2. The holidays are approaching, a little quicker than anticipated.

So I’ve decided to set up a list of my goals for October. I’m thinking that not only will I be busy and productive, but  I  just might open up my hermit shell and try to enjoy the little things that I can do, not the things that I can’t do.

My October 2009 Goals

1. Finish Christmas Advent Calendar, (I have 12 mini hats with pom-poms to knit).

2. Finish my Vine Yoke Cardigan, (now that Ysolda made the final corrections, I can restart this).

3. Make up for two swaps that I’m incredibly late on: one is a doll and the other is a pincushion.

4. Put together the final touches on the two swaps I’m currently in: one is an Autumn Swap and the other is a Halloween Swap.

5. Sew Scout a trick or treating bag for Halloween. (Lucky for me that I found a cute Halloween costume, at Target, at the end of Halloween last year. Store bought gets me out of handmade this year.)

6. Go to the Saugus Pumpkin Festival. (I can’t wait for this one.)

7. Finish up my Etsy orders, (I currently have about 5 and I’m a little behind since I had surgery during my turnaround time).

8. Try a new recipe.

9. Decorate the house for Autumn and Halloween.

I think that I can do this. I’ll just have to move right along a little bit faster than anticipated. I’m sure I can tackle it.

30 Days of Happiness

Over at Erin’s blog she started a Thirty Days of Happiness theme. I wanted to follow suit because the past few days, and I’m sure the days to come, have been and will be emotionally rough.

Inside I’ve felt anger, hopelessness, sadness, guilt and fear. Dalton’s death is still too new. Sometimes I coast through the day and I don’t give him a thought. But then I look under the coffee table as I sit on the couch to knit. He isn’t under there swatting his tail, left, right, left, right. I expect him to be sitting on the balcony soaking in the setting sun. But then I open the door and there’s nothing there but stucco and an empty herbal pot.

I need to dig down and find some happiness. I can not let his death consume me. I know that he wouldn’t want it that way. So I’m going to buckle down. I’m going to live 30 days of happiness.

The pictures all represent some type of happiness I have in my life, this minute.

It’s the end of the Summer.

I’ve been sketching and drawing in my spare time. Shawn bought me a new book and Derwent pencils, (my absolute fave).

I’ve been knitting the Rhiannon socks, but truth be told it will be slow knitting. (How hard does a sock have to be? Try knitting four charts at the same time. Mind you, they don’t all have the same row count.)

I also picked up a copy of Ysolda Teague’s new pattern from Twist Collective: the beautiful Vine Yoke Cardigan. I’m using some Cascade Ecological Wool that I had in my stash and already I’m quite pleased. I am thinking I might have someone make me some special buttons to compliment my new sweater.

And I have to say I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading. I think it’s suffice to say that it will be keeping me quite busy next week. The low down: I was born with club foot and had corrective surgery when I was a day old. Then when I was sixteen I jumped down off a fence and landed so hard on my right foot that it broke. Then I broke it again, playing softball, in 2003. The second time it didn’t heal and for the past six years I’ve had a lot of swelling, numbness and pain. I found a Dr. who can reconstruct my ankle and foot. It’s going to require a 3-5 hour surgery. A few days in the hospital. Crutches. And a lot of books. A whole lot of books to get me through 5 months in a cast/walking boot.

Any suggestions?

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):

Details:

  • 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.