"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


WIP Wednesday October 12, 2011

I've got a WIP to share today.

I got the first of the mens mittens done that I mentioned last week. I just love the seed stitch stripe pattern I put in there. So much more fun than just plain stockinette. I'm using size 5 needles with a worsted weight yarn. It's nice and firm, but not too firm. I think they will be warmer than the average mitten would be if I'd knit them on a size 7 or 8 needle as would be expected for this weight of yarn. If there is any interest, I might write up this pattern and post it on the pattern blog, for free of course. Let me know if you think that's a good idea.

I am also well on the way to finishing the second Wheat Rib sock. I got the toe done, and I'm just over an inch into the foot. I was much further, but last night I realized I'd put the rib pattern on the sole of the foot, so I had to frog back to the toe and start over. My brain just isn't working so well right now. It's so distracted, or maybe easily distracted. I am having a hard time concentrating on anything and sleep is but a memory. I'd love to be able to have some sleep. I'm having small panic attacks too. I think Tommy's death has put me over the edge in the stress-handling-ability dept.

I have started a new beading project. It's actually a sidetrack kind of project. I'd planned to do some other things, but after seeing this pattern, I HAVE to do it, now!!! The name of the pattern is Luis. It's a Seahorse pendant!

I did not make this one. It's what mine is supposed to look like when I get it done.

It's so cute! It's also in German. I started it today by translating the pattern into English (Yay Google Translator.). It's done in Right Angle Weave with some herringbone stitch. I ordered the crystals for it over the weekend. They should be here in a day or two. If you feel brave (or speak German), you can find Luis on Fantasiabeads. He's a PDF pattern (and he's about $18 US).

I finally heard from my Gynecologist/Surgeon on the results of my pelvic ultrasound. Urg. I heard from him about 6 hours after Tommy died. Not a good time to hear that the Endometrial Ablation is a no go. You know that 'small uterus' he thought I had? It's actually a 4 inch diameter tumor attached to the inside wall of my large ute. With that, and the whole outside covered in tumors, he said there is no way I can have anything less than a complete Hysterectomy. I'm not surprised, but it's still scary to think about. Thankfully, nothing is cancerous. It's all fibroids. He said I'll be in the hospital for a at least one night, maybe more depending on how things go.

My surgery is scheduled for October 21. In some ways I'm looking forward to it--"hooray, no more periods, no more birth control, no more bleeding like crazy, no more cramps, no more money spent on pads and tampons!" (Think of the money I'll save!) The other side of me thinks "Yeeks! Surgery, pain, agony, helplessness, trusting doctors to keep me alive, ick!"

I'm most afraid of the Coumadin 'bridge' I have to do. I take Coumadin, which is a blood thinner, because of a genetic blood disorder I have that causes blood clots in bad places. I can't be on the Coumadin and have surgery, so I have to go on Lovenox for 3 days before the surgery, and then 3 days after. It is also a blood thinner, so I don't really know why they are switching me to it. Either way, they are worried about bleeding me to death in the surgery. I don't like Lovenox. I've had it before. I have to inject needles into my tummy twice a day. Yuk!

I'm so glad we've got that Hawaii trip scheduled for the first part of December. I'm gonna need a vacation after all this. Assuming there are no complications, I should be completely recovered by then.

If you're interested in participating in WIP Wednesday, please join us.

Live long and prosper. \\//


  1. So sorry to hear about Tommy and that you need major surgery to help you. The seahorse is beautiful!

  2. Coumadin stays in your system and takes time to build up (hence the three days after). Lovenox only stays in your system for 12 hours (hence taking it twice a day). Once you don't take a shot and 12 hours has passed there won't be the bleeding risk on the table. I'm certain your instructions will have you skip a shot on the morning of the surgery. Lovenox and Coumadin effect different numbers, however, so they can see whehn the Coumadin is taking effect.

    My husband has a terrible time getting his Coumadin level up when he has to go off it. Hope it will go smore smoothly for you!

  3. susan francis10/13/11, 4:49 AM

    thinking positive thoughts and love for you at this time. also, would love the mitten pattern..

  4. Loving all your WIP's! Especially the seahorse, you did an amazing job!

    I so sorry to hear about your medical issues, it must be tough for you right now. But you sound like you are in a good frame of mine and that Hawaii vacation sounds heavenly!

    Sending good energy and prayers your way!


  5. Good thoughts speeding your way!

    My nephew would love warm mittens - in John Deere green of course!!

  6. Just wanted to make sure y'all know I haven't made the Luis pendant yet. I've just translated it to English so far. That is the picture from the website where I bought the pattern.

  7. So glad you are progressing and looking forward to your Hawaii trip.
    I had shoulder surgery late April and I was in SUCH a fog for it seemed like forever. I was in a lot of pain, NO sleep for a couple of months, NOT fun!
    Your fog too shall pass!

  8. Trish from NH11/4/11, 8:25 AM

    Trying to leave non-anonymous comment. Think I figured it out.

  9. I would love to use the mitten pattern.

    Thanks-Jan HP