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!


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