Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Knitting update

Well, I am trying to join the Fluffy knitting web ring so I had better get my blog updated.
Usually I just post finished objects but I will start keeping my progress as well.
This last week I have been working on the Kimono Shawl from Folk Shawls. It is about 4 feet long and I am getting tired of it. So...I picked up my Faroese Flower shawl from Lucy Neatby and am zooming along on that. (on row 107). I fear it is going to be too small for my fluffy frame but I don't know how to upsize it.
The Kimono shawl is done on size 3.25mm needles with Zepher yarn. I adjusted the pattern by doubling the width. With the smaller yarn I am hoping it will be wide enough. I estimate a width of 30 inches.
Also, I am slowly working on the Frost Flowers and Leaves Shawl from "A Gathering of Lace". It is a complicated pattern that needs concentration so I only get 1 or 2 rows done at a time.
In other news , my daughter is still waiting to hear from the surgeon for her ACL reconstruction on her knee.
Happy knitting..................Colette in MB

Friday, January 13, 2006

Rosy fingered dawn shawl. measuring 47 inches across before blocking. I used Fingering weight yarn from Knit Picks and dyed it using orange and grape Kool Aid. Posted by Picasa

Rosy Shawl before being blocked. Purl giving her approval. Posted by Picasa

Rosy fingered Dawn blocking. It blocked to 60 inches square. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Update on Barbara's knee injury

We finally got the results back for my daughters MRI. I will do a brief recap since it has been so long. (Wonderful Canadian Health system) In June 2005 my daughter (age 14) fell and injured her knee playing soccer. (dislocated her knee cap). She had blood drained from under her knee cap, a full leg cast for a couple of weeks, physio therapy for the rest of the summer and then she had to wait for an MRI. It was scheduled for November 7 and then postponed till Dec 23. We just got the results. All this time she has been getting around wearing a brace on her leg.
The results were not as good as we had hoped. She has a complete tear of the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) with fraying and retraction of the ligament fibres. It also looks as if a piece of bone has broken off with it (avulsion-type fracture).
Typically the bone is reattached using a screw and the ligaments fixed using tendons. I don't have any details yet but do know that surgery is involved. When? Who knows.
We are all a little stressed around here right now because of it but do know it will be OK eventually.
With the extent of the damage we are greatful that Barbara has not been in pain the whole time. (only occasionally) and can walk and run and work, etc. We are also greatful that through this we have found a great family doctor and a wonderful specialist to look after her. Our church family has been very supportive through this and continues to be so.
Your continued prayers are appreciated.

She won't stay still for photo. They are coming out blurry. Note clock on wall. Posted by Picasa

Purl on her new perch. She is ruling her world from here. Posted by Picasa

Purl enjoying her new perch. Now she can lterally Climb the wall. Posted by Picasa

Here is a photo of the beinning of Frost Flowers and Leaves from A Gathering of Lace. I am done row 45. The yarn is Dye your own laceweight from Knit picks. I dyed it using Raspberry Ice Kool Aid. Posted by Picasa

Here is a shawl I made for a friend of my mothers. It is modified from The Beginners Triangle from A Gathering of Lace. I used 2 strands of lace weight wool together. Posted by Picasa

Here is a close up of the shawl I made for Ethel. It is the beginners Triangle shawl from A Gathering of Lace. Posted by Picasa

Here is mystery shawl #2 being modeled my my daughter. Posted by Picasa

Here is the Mystery Shawl 2 blocking. Posted by Picasa