Friday Finishes and Medical Update

I will put the knitting first so those not interested in our medical trials this year will not have to take part.

So, this week has been productive in the hat area! 5 hats done since last Friday means I have something more to show than slow progress on the 3 big items I am currently knitting.

These were showcased on Wednesday

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All fun and quick knits.

Then these cuties flew off of the needles!

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Pattern: Magic Coffee Bean
Yarn: Classic Elite Liberty Print

I love how the grape color makes the hat look like an eggplant or a grape! Pure accident. The preemie hat makes me think of a seaside with sand, water, and sky.

Stash Enhancement:
I misbehaved, not too much, but still, no excuse for adding these lovelies to my closet.

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Yarn: A Good Yarn Superwash Merino Fingering in AGY-C
Shop: Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood, IN
Book: Vintage Modern Knits, from Amazon

While traipsing around Greenwood with College Girl on Wednesday I snuck into this shop in between lunch and Dr visit. Nice shop with some good lines and a friendly owner, great combo! Short on time I quickly passed through, but kept coming back to this skein. The colors are silver gray, purple, with flecks of what look like red and navy. The photo doesn’t do the purple justice. 530 yards of soooooffftttt merino!!! Oh, if you could only feel this stuff! Not sure what shawl it will become, but it will become something soon!

The book includes about 4-5 patterns I would knit. I got it on Amazon for less than $10.00, so a great buy. The technique for this hat is what was the impetus for purchase. The cover sweater was just a bonus!

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Update: The Breast Surgeon in Indy said there is nothing wrong with the incision. It is healing as expected, we just didn’t expect that it would take 3-4 months to fully close. We think that the week CG moved up to school she might have busted a stitch and that added to the complications. We got a more in depth and fuller understanding of the issue of seromas from the surgeon in Indy. We likely were not patient enough with her condition because I had the same surgery at the same age and had no complications. When it’s your kid you are prone to worry and over react some times. But the Indy Dr who saw us couldn’t have been nicer. The Dr locally was not bad, but never went the extra mile to explain what we could expect or what the issue was. We should have done our homework after that first visit. Now we know. Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts you sent our way, we really appreciate it. We are just very grateful we finally have an answer and she knows how much longer to expect the condition to go on.

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Recovery and Knitting

Thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts directed at my family right now. My College girl finally has a visit with a different surgeon in the city where she goes to school. I am probably driving up Wednesday with the films from her original breast exams and the subsequent ultra sound from her MEC visit. She is healing, but there is still an issue with the stitches that did not dissolve and the incision site is still not closed. Hopefully the Surgeon will have a plan of action.

The second issue bedeviling our home was an issue with Diva Girl. Through talking we have come to a plan of action to avoid any more misunderstanding between all parties. It has been a rough summer and I am hoping the next few weeks play out with positive directions.

Through it all I just have to remind myself that I am not the first Mom to face these issues. While everyone’s outward appearance seems to me to be one of light and love, I do not see the behind the scenes they deal with. But also, my daughters are beautiful inside and out, and really are fine young ladies, so what’s a little strife in the long run. Just keeping it real here.

Now, the knitting. That has been a way to keep sane and use my hands to keep busy. Hats have been my go to, since I can knit them on auto pilot. I finished the hat for our friend and gave it to him Sunday. He loves it and I hope it brings him warmth. Then a few more charity hats flew off the needles.

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Cambridge Watchcap
Classic Elite Liberty Wool

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Adaptation of the Watchcap
Leftover Encore and Liberty Wool

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Punkin Head
Karabella Yarns Merino

 Then I had to add to the Scoreboard Scarf for the Spanish Teacher.
Brown is our team, so you can see we had a great week, 41-14!

And lastly, I remembered I needed a baby blanket for a November baby, and the shower is October 25th!!! Caught me sleeping on that one. So I quickly cast on another Walt Painted Chevron.

Walt Painted Chevron Blanket
Berroco Vintage

I have 3 skeins of the yarn, so I am trying to use it up evenly. I am doing 8 rows of green in between the 14 rows of the teal and purple that are alternating. I now wish I had started with 14 rows in the teal instead of the 6 rows the pattern says. Oh well, baby won’t mind.

Since I will likely be traveling Wednesday I will go ahead and link up to the following parties.

Frontier Dreams

Small Things
Yarn and Life 

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Thank you! & Fiber Friday

Thank you for all the prayers and comments. CG is still recovering, but she is still battling the infection. Continue the prayers and good vibes!! Still having issues with another area of my life, so continue praying for the situation!!!

Now, on the knitting side, progress is being made, but there is still nothing close to done. Here’s the photos for proof.

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Redo Blanket border. I just love that texture! Sleeves for Autumn Sweater are growing quickly. The black band is a new project, Cambridge Watchcap. Cast on Thursday when I should have been casting on the Passport pattern for the knit along that started Oct 1st. But the hat is more important.

Our good friend J battled appendix cancer. We thought he had won. But the cancer is back. He started chemo to prolong life, but after 1 treatment he has decided to stop and let nature take it’s course. We are devastated. My husband has been best friends with J since their first years in school. I decided that I should knit him a hat. But it’s more for his lovely wife L. I am hoping that he will wear the hat and then in the case that J departs our lives, his scent will cling to the wool and give L comfort when she needs it. I am also thinking of making 2 more hats, one for each son, so they might also find comfort. But I am holding out for a miracle. I know God can handle it.

It puts our issues in perspective to know what J is battling. It puts our trifles into the shadows. It shows our tribulations for what they are, trivial. But it’s still hard to divorce ourselves from our problems. But I guess, it doesn’t really negate the pain we feel in our trials, we just need to understand that they do not always meet the level that other’s experience.

Sorry to be so down, but it’s where my mind is right now. I am sure there is joy out there today, go and see what you can find.


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