Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Sidetrack From Sweater Knitting

I really love the one linen lace washcloth I have so when I got some Flax for 50% off at Sereknity a local shop I started another. The pattern is Double Eyelet Rib pattern from the 365 Knitting Stitches a Year Calendar, June 14. The yarn is Fibranatura Flax. It sheds a bit but I hope that stops after washing. The pattern is working up very nice and it's in "PINK" aren't you surprised!

Yes, my Estes Vest and Twisted Rib Cardigan among other things are all coming along.

Friday, August 15, 2008

How about some knitting?

Leaf Lace Shawl by Fiber Trends, finished. Knit with Rowan Kid Classic, 4 skeins. I actually ran out of yarn at the bind off row. I used the crochet bind off which is rather tight so I lost the 'points' at the edge. I still love it and hope to wear it to my sons wedding!

Now on the needles is the Estes Vest in the current issue of Interweave Knits. There's a center large cable down the back and smaller rope cables on either side then the hexagon cables on either side of those. It's knit in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky and is obviously knitting up quickly. The little bear is a part of a magnificent wooden flute carved by Jack at Appalachian Flutes . He is Robin's wonderful husband!

Also I am knitting on the Sundance Twist Rib Cardigan from the Classic Elite 'City Park' booklet. Sundance is a cotton/microfiber blend. Here's a photo, mine is chocolate brown. The vest and the cardigan had back measurements of 21 inches for the medium. That's way too big. I had several rows knit on both only to frog and start over to knit the small. Yes,, they are both brown but very different shades. I know I'm boring but turns out that when I bought the yarns it was the only color available in the amounts I needed. Plus I got the Lamb's Pride for $5 a skein! I wasn't going to pass that up. Check here MyPollyWogs and she's a wonderfully nice gal too!

We are on the Upswing!

My husbands skin graft took very well. He is now walking and even taking a shower. Ahhh, the little things we take for granted! The next step is possibly what they call 'compression garments' to prevent scaring. Not that he is worried at this point about that at all but burns can create a thickening type scar that can cause problems themselves. We've been blessed by so many friends and strangers praying and we truly believe that was the reason for his quick recovery. It didn't seem time was passing that quickly while in the midst of it but now able to look back it's obvious that this could have been a much lengthier healing time. Thank you Lord!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A miracle maybe?

We are home already! Larry had his skin graft yesterday. We left here Sunday eve. and stayed in a hotel because check-in time at the hospital was 6AM. That 5 day stay the doctors anticipated didn't hold up I guess! We do return on Friday and he is on bed rest with his leg elevated with bathroom privileges on crutches only.

The graft was on his right calf and a small one on the shin. His arms, hands, belly and left leg are now bandage free and he's peeling like crazy! The graft and donor site are still pretty painful but he's got medication for that. We are certainly thankful things are going well and pray for a good report on Friday.

The Lord is at work! He has heard lots of prayer on this man's behalf!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

We head back to UVA Medical Center for a skin graft to his right leg tomorrow. Had thought we were on the mend and most places are but they discovered at the check-up on Wednesday that his leg was not healing. The hospital stay is actually longer than for the initial burn so we will hopefully return home in 5-7 days. Then back to normal. This kind of thing can make one appreciate 'routine' and even 'boring' when it comes to everyday life!
Without a doubt the prayers have gotten him through and will continue to do so.