Monday, January 31, 2011

Confined to Home-This Is a Good Thing!

So the Dr. came up with a space and I had my knee replacement surgery last Monday, Jan. 24th, and came home Thursday. I am improving each day but getting around is difficult. Can't stay up too long and then have to rest, nap, do exercise, get on the CPM machine (it moves your knee for you), etc. There is not much time to knit but I have been doing some because I hate to waste the time and we have a knitalong going on at the shop and I don't want to fall behind. I promised myself that I would stitch together the squares from our Malabrigo afghan knitalong (2 years ago) but haven't done it yet. I need some encouragement. At least I'm not the only one who hasn't done this. I think Iwill take it out now. Wish me luck.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just Rocking Along

By this date I had expected to have already been to the hospital, had knee replacement surgery, and been home. But Mother Nature had other ideas. My surgery was scheduled for Monday, January 10th and I knew I was in trouble when it started snowing the evening of the 9th. I live on a hill, my street is slightly up a hill and then to turn off it there are hills both ways. There was no way I could get there. So now I am waiting for a cancellation or other miracle to happen so that I can get on with it. The bad part is that I have had to stop taking my anti-inflammatory medications which I didn't think helped that much but since stopping them have found out that they do help. The worst part is that my hands ache but I keep on knitting. Won't stop this for any reason that I can think of. I'm afraid to give in. I am working on several projects at once, the main one being the Curlicue Shawl Knitalong. This is coming along nicely, 5 of 13 sections done so far. I also finished a hat and a Rasta cowl. This is the one they have been advertising in the knitting magazines. I managed to get a copy of the pattern in advance and worked up the cowl. It was very easy. The pattern books should arrive soon along with another order of the bulky Rasta. If you haven't seen this yarn you really should take a look at it. Talk about instant gratification!

New spring yarns have started to arrive. First to come in is Baby Milk, a sport weight that knits at 5.5 stitches per inch. It's composed of 70% merino and 30% milk. There are free patterns on the Knitting Fever website. I haven't used it yet but it feels very nice.

Additional new yarns should trickle in over the next month or so. Be sure to check it out.


Monday, January 3, 2011

January is ME Month

After rushing to finish projects for holiday gifts, it's time to sit back and enjoy some ME time. We have officially declared this month to be knitting for yourself month. You can start that project you have been putting off because you had other obligations. It's time to celebrate yourself. So pull out that pattern, yarn and needles. Get going on ME time.

We have a new knitalong starting on Wed, Jan. 5th. It's called the Curlicue Coverlet, although most of us will make it into a shawl instead. You can join in (Wed. day from 1-2PM, or Wed. night from 5-8PM) and get going with us. There is no charge, only yarn and pattern to be purchased from us. Call us for more information and see photo above.
The other item that is big this year is cowls. They are easy to knit, quick and stylish. We have several models in the shop that you can check out. I have recently finished cowls in Malabrigo Rasta (super quick) and Colinette Art. This would be a great ME project.
Happy New Year to all of our fans.