Sunday, February 18, 2007

Drugged Knitting

Hello, friends!

This has been quite a week. As Bryan mentioned, I was in a car accident on Monday that landed me in the hospital overnight for observation. Actually, the doctors were more interested in how baby was doing and so they spent a lot of time doing ultrasounds to make sure that she was still safe and happy and that I wasn't bleeding internally. I got to preview the Labor and Delivery ward of Cox South hospital as they kept watch over us and made sure I wasn't going to do anything stupid like go into premature labor when the baby was only at 24 weeks.

I'm still quite stiff and sore, which is to be expected. My right leg is bruised from ankle to knee and somewhat numb, but I'm told that the numbness will go away after the swelling goes down. My car, though, did not fare as well. According to the police officer who came to the hospital to get my statement it seems like my 2004 Kia Sorento is a total loss, though it will need to be verified by the insurance adjuster.

Hopefully, I'll be cleared to go back to work after an appointment with my doctor on Tuesday. I've spent most of my days alternating between knitting and sleeping. The muscle relaxers that I was prescribed have really helped with the pain but also really knock me out. I've also noticed that they have done a number on my knitting. For example, I started a sweater for Owen. I'm using Lamb's Pride Bulky and so the progress is quick. I used the sweater pattern generator from Knitting Fool and am really happy with the results. I was about 7 inches up the torso of the sweater when I realized that this thing that I was knitting would be big enough for my 7 year old brother and would have swallowed alive my 3 year old son. So I've recalculated the numbers and realized that in my gloriously relaxed state, I had put in that my son had a 28 inch chest instead of a 23 inch chest. Oops!

One project that is going well is a sort of log cabin blanket that I started on for the baby. This really is some fabulous, mindless knitting. With all the sock knitting I've done in the past year I can pick up stitches in my sleep, and I've made such good progress on this thing that I wouldn't be surprised to learn that I had been doing just that! I'm using Peace Fleece worsted that I purchased from kpixie.com and I'm loving it. Bryan loves the colors and when I mentioned that I might rip it out and rework the coloring he begged me not to because he loves it just as it is.

For those times when even picking up stitches seems like too much work, I pulled out my therapy blanket from the stash closet. This is a garter stitch blanket that I started when we were moving from CA to MO in only 3 weeks total time and I needed something completely mindless to work on. It's on 8 US circular needles with super soft TLC Amore acrylic yarn in a light sage green. The pattern goes a little something like this: cast on 250 stitches, knit every single stitch on every single row until you've used up the yarn and then bind off. I think I've probably added a good 5 inches to this blanket since Tuesday night. It'll go back into the stash closet soon and will be unearthed the next time I need it.

A big big "Thank You!" to everyone who commented and emailed me this week. I'm sorry that I haven't replied to any of them but I appreciate all of the prayers and good thoughts. Wish me luck with all of the insurance stuff and that I'm in good enough shape to go to the Knit In at the LYS later this week!

5 comments:

Tammy said...

I'm so glad you and the baby are okay! But your poor, cute little car :-( At least you made good use of your surprise time off! And for the record, I don't recommend knitting with TheraFlu either!

Zarah said...

Yay! I'm so glad you're feeling better! How about you, me, and Tammy meet up for dinner before the Knit In this Friday?

Melissa said...

I hope you are back to normal soon! At least you can take good drugs!

del said...

So glad you're at home & doing well!!

I love Peace Fleece, too--can't wait to see the blanket!

Michelle said...

My stars, I get behind on blog reading for a little while and all sorts of things happen. I'm go glad to hear you and the baby are well.