I had my surgery yesterday – and it was over fast!. I got there at 6:45 and was home by 11:00 – and that included a 45 minute drive home. It went well, and everyone there was really nice. It really is amazing how fast surgery is becoming – I had mine in a surgery center that wasn’t even part of a hospital – it looked like an office building! But they really were good and effecient and seemed to have everything they needed. The funniest part was that they had me walk to the operating room – I’ve had surgery before, and never had to do that. I was grateful they gave me a blanket to cover my bare ass in the gown! But it was all good, and its over now.
As I was becoming conscious in the recovery room, the nurse said to me “your tattoo is really cute – do you have sheep?” For those of you that don’t know about my tattoo – on my right shoulder as a result of impulsive vacation behavior + quick internet search = Microsoft clip art tattoo. The only worse thing I could have done would have been to have been drunk while doing it – I did everything you aren’t supposed to when I was getting it – no thoughtful review of what I wanted, no original artwork. Oh well, I do like my sheep (and the next one will be much more thought out)! Anyway, getting back to the recovery nurse – after she asked if I had sheep, my immediate response was a groggy “No, I’m a Knitter”. Dead silence and then a “oh, ok….”. It was in the “oh, ok, maybe its the drugs talking let me just say something soothing to her” tone of voice.
Yesterday I was pretty out of it for the most part – I felt pretty good in the afternoon and it gave me a false sense of recovery – because in the evening all the drugs wore off, and well…I’m not going to be as active today as I thought yestertday. I think I’ll just take it easy, take my pain pills and watch all the movies I normally don’t watch. And I think I’ll do a bit of knitting. But I have a quandary and would like some input….
OK, you will really need to squint and stare at these – I just couldn’t get a good picture – and I dropped stitches on one side twice so this is going to be painful to get going again. And I’m on painkillers and apparently don’t do pictures too well when I’m drugged!
This is the Aeolian shawlette so far – I’m using an 100% alpaca lace weight yarn from Misty Mountain Farm. I’m also using a US 4 needle – and that’s where my problem is. The pattern is really nice, I love the yarn. But from the very beginning I keep on stopping and looking at it and thinking that its just too loose. I also think that my nupps are pretty craptacular on this one – I’m doing 7 stitch nupps and have missed stitches when I’m purling them together, or have included stitches from either side (I found another way to do nupps, and I’ll post that later after I get through this part).
I’ve finished the first three (or four?) charts, and now I’m ready to start the remaining two charts which are the bulk of the shawl. And I’m still iffy. I just don’t know if I like the fabric, and I think that the pattern is really lost in the looseness. And the last row of nupps I did was so bad I tried to tink it back and redo – um…you know, that didn’t really make them better. Just made it bad in a different way.
I’m really thinking that I should have used a size 3 needle – and I’ve ordered some from KnitPicks (I like Harmony Wood needles for lace – smooth yet grabby). So the question is, do I frog this back and restart with the smaller needles? Does it look really bad? Will I always be unahpy with it? This is going to be for my mother (its her Mother’s Day gift, but I also got her flowers since this obviously won’t be done in time). I don’t want to send her something that is half assed – but maybe I’m just too close and being too critical. Of course, if I continue with it, I’m going to have to figure out how many stitches were dropped when I was taking pictures…and try to fix that.
So what do you think? Frog it, start over using a smaller needle? Or continue on and hope it looks ok when its blocked?
If I continue it, I think I need to go back and stitch up some of the nupps (I see some dangling stitches). I looked on Ravlery yesterday for suggestions on nupps, and someone had a great suggestion that I’ll try (I just tried to find the post and couldn’t but if I do, I’ll update). She said that when she gets to the nupp, she adds a Size 1 DPN and knits to both needles (the 4 and the 1) – this makes them nice and loose. Then when she’s done making the nupp, she puts a split stitch marker on the nupp – and then when she’s purling the nup together, the marker holds all the stitches together and makes it easy to get them all and keep them in order. I think its a great idea – maybe a little slow, but my nupps look terrible! Definitely worth the time. I really do love Ravelry – such creative people all in one place!
I’m just about done with my Monkeys, and should have something to show you next time. These socks really went fast! As I mentioned in my last post, I have been thinking about making the Maikell shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia – except that I actually meant Madli’s shawl. And I didn’t realize it until I was speaking with Chris and she said she was starting Madli’s. The yarn I bought will work for either, so I just need to figure out which one. Except…
Did you see the new shawl from MimKnits – the Nefertiti Wrap? Isn’t that gorgeous? I bought it as soon as I saw it. Its knit on the bias (like Clapotis) and I think its just beautiful. And I wanted to do a rectangular shawl next. I’m thinking about using this yarn:
Enchanted Knoll – silk and merino. Don’t you think it would be perfect? Larry is going to wind it for me today, and I think I just may start it while I’m thinking of what to do with the Aeolian.
OK, I think I’m going to go get dressed – I can’t shower until tomorrow but I don’t know that I can lie around all day in my PJs since I did that yesterday! And then maybe I’ll start a new shawl. Or finish some socks. Hmmm…so nice to have time to have choices!
Andrew is coming home today – he wasn’t originally going to because he’s studying for finals, but I think the combo of Mother’s Day and my surgery guilted him out so he called last night to surprise me. It will be nice to see him and have them all home this weekend. We are going to see Star Trek – it looks good, and Larry and I have been Trekkies for years (ok, we like the shows, but don’t dress up and go to conventions). But I’m happy to have all the kids home, and have some down time to just relax and talk and have some fun.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!