Saturday, March 25, 2017

Countdown to Three Months

If you go by weeks, March 29th is 12 weeks since our surgery.  We continue to feel good and do all we can to keep up our exercise and stave off the boredom of this endless, rainy winter.  Pat got a contraption that lets him ride his bike in place and, after trying it in the garage, moved it to the patio so he can keep tabs on what's happening on the lake while riding.  Much safer than actually riding on slippery and muddy roads with his new kidney!

I've been greatly enjoying the yoga class and also have been doing my own little work out a couple of times a week with my weights.  My energy is a lot better but I found out this week that if I walk 5 miles, avoiding a nap a couple of hours later is impossible.  I can think of bigger problems to have...

So I'm pretty close to turning this back into a knitting blog and hope that I will continue with more frequent posting than I did before this transplant became a reality.  In that vein, I'll show you a little of what I've been doing.

The mystery was revealed and the Hale-Bopp shawl is done.  It's really big and I'm happy with the colors I chose and the little beads I put on the edge.

I also finished some socks that I started over a year ago.  I had noticed that my dear yoga teacher has been wearing the two other pairs of socks I gave her, so I decided that this bright, sparkly pair would be hers.  I got busy and finished them a few days ago.  She is definitely knit worthy!

I got out my spinning wheel again and finally finished a braid of fiber that I had started last October before we went to the desert for a couple of months.  It came out nicely and the more I look at the subtle blend of colors, the more I like it.  JulieSpins is one of my favorite dyers and never fails to provide beautiful fiber and yarn.

In keeping busy around here, we've been able to be in the yard a little bit on the rare sunny day and Pat decided that we should have a nest box for some mallard ducks that have been hanging around.  So far no takers but we can hope...

We finished another puzzle; a tough one with an abundance of green trees but it's finally done!

We're scheduled to do a press conference at the UW on April 4th, the official 3 month date post-surgery.  We'll get to meet the other two people who made up our four-person exchange and that will be nice.  I hope to get a link to the broadcast to post here.  Keep your eyes peeled!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Two months!

Yes, Wednesday was 8 weeks post surgery and things are getting back to normal around here.  Pat has actually been released to travel so we're happily planning a possible trip to the desert sometime in April.  He's not sure how long he can be away from his doctors here, so we have some more information to gather before we can get too excited.  We still feel a little housebound as he has to be careful about being around too many people and especially little kids.  Yesterday we ventured out to a movie, choosing an afternoon showing to avoid crowds and arriving armed with disinfectant wipes to clean off the seats. We saw Hidden Figures and enjoyed it very much.

I still have the little bit of soreness, numbness and swelling around my main incision site.  I expect that will last for awhile longer.  Other than that, my energy is much better and I feel pretty normal.  I walk every day, weather permitting.  The usual distance around the lake is 2-2.5 miles and then I throw in a 4 mile walk every few days.  I started back to my yoga class on Fridays, too, which is so nice.  I've been telling myself to get my weights out, but haven't quite gotten that far yet.

The water drinking continues, and look what I got from Ravelry to make it more fun!  I've had camelback bottles before and liked them so couldn't resist this one with the sheep on it.  Makes those 2 liters of water disappear like magic every day!

And of course, I've been knitting a lot.  I'm slogging through a big sweater that I thought, for some reason, would be a good idea to make.  I'll post a photo if it ever gets finished.  

I'm still working on the Hale Bopp mystery shawl and we're through Clue 3 now.  You can see that it was designed to resemble the shape of the comet.  There's only one clue left and it's supposed to use just one color (the black in my case).  People are guessing what's coming and it's probably going to be some kind of border to finish it off.  Will be fun to finish and see what it will look like.

I've been following another mystery shawl knitalong by Stephen West.  It intrigued me because it's using a marled technique where you use two strands of fingering weight (sock yarn) held together so the colors blend and you can pretty much switch up the colors whenever you want to.  I got together a bunch of scraps and decided to make an easy blanket using the same technique and get a bunch of little bits used up.  His shawls are often too weird for me so I thought I'd use the idea and make a blanket.  I love the wool blankets I've made...and seem to always have a few on the needles in various locations and stages of completion.

All for now from the excitement capital of Maple Valley!