I loved Show and Tell days when I was in grade school. Most kids brought new and favorite toys. I was a bit of an odd ball. My “shows” were things like a bottle of sand a family friend brought me from Kitty Hawk, the Baptist Hymnal with my favorite hymn marked (‘Tis a Gift to be Simple), a fossil I’d found playing in the creek, and a scar from falling out of my Grandmother’s magnolia tree while playing pirates. My “tells” were grand adventures I’d never had. The snickers and right out teasing from classmates did little to deter me when it was my turn again.
Here’s my show and tell for this week- I promise the “tells” this time are true. Mostly.
I had surgery last Thursday for Endometriosis, and I really believe that I have proof that I can knit in my sleep. Before I went, I cast on a Tomten baby sweater and knit an inch so I would have something simple to knit while there and when I came home. I managed to finish it all but a sleeve before I came home Saturday morning, even though I don’t remember knitting much except from squeezing in a few rows before I was taken to the OR. Thursday’s a wash, Friday I vaguely remember family and my doctor coming in- and everyone laughing because I kept falling asleep while he was talking to me (I don’t handle pain and nausea meds well).
I do remember the governor and mayor being in the hall (some new pregnancy program in the news) with a large entourage. The governor waved to my Mom, and the mayor came in to shake her hand as they had previously met. He asked me if I had a new little one, “No, just surgery,” to which he beat a hasty retreat.
I also remember my nurse Vanessa being a knitter, too. Another nurse taught her and several others and now they all get together to knit and chat. I know we talked about EZ and I told her about Elann.com (the bane of my bank account), as the only LYS we have is Wal-Mart.
Another nurse was a reader and we shared favorite authors and I tried to convince her to join the knitting group.
Saturday I was more coherent. I pulled the almost finished sweater out of my bag thinking, Cool. When did I do this? I worked on the last sleeve and finished it up when I got home. I love this pattern. It’s in EZ’s Knitting Workshop. Next on my list to start is an adult Tomten.
My daughter’s Sunday school teacher had a baby boy this spring in the middle of my medical funk and I never finished the sweater I started for him. So Saturday afternoon I cast on a new sweater for him for this winter. It’s the one on p. 42-43 in the Winter 03-04 FCEK knit in Gjestal Ren Ny Ull Superwash Sport 100% wool from Elann, of course.
Here’s a close up of the yoke. Of course I made a few changes. There were too many solid color rows so I threw in more pattern, and the neck was way too small for a baby’s big head so I ended up frogging back a bit to make the yoke shorter and the neck larger.
Decided it would be a good time to finish up the first one I started for little baby Ross. The pattern is in Sirdar Early Arrivals, yarn Bernat Lollipop. The only change I made was to sew up the side seams and knit the sleeves in the round from the top down.
Now, before my little adventure last week, I knit up these socks for DD#1. They were really quick- #7 needles and Sock It To Me Esprit.
And I dyed this yarn for my sister’s purse. It’s 1 skein of Lion Brand Fisherman’s rewound into hanks, now re-rewound into balls and ready for knitting.
On to new persuits!