Last Thursday, a week ago now, I was taking the trash out to the road, so it would be ready for the trash man when he came to collect the following morning. As I started to pull the cart I had the 2 trash bags sitting on, I caught the back of my foot on the tongue of the cart, and I went flying. Now most of you know that I have an artificial knee, and as I was falling I realized I was about to crash land on that knee, and I will do anything to have that NOT happen. So I twisted to avoid hitting the knee, and came crashing down on my arm, shoving it into my chest, and doing a serious number on the muscles of the chest wall.
It was raining at the time, so as I lay there in the wet grass, getting wetter myself, I realized that I could breath OK, so apparently no broken ribs. Just pain, a lot of pain in my chest. I was able to roll over and get up with the help from my "other" knee. I finished taking out the trash, and as soon as I got into the house I just collapsed in my chair and stayed there. It was just too painful to do anything else, for the time being.
Now I finally did see the Doctor, and either I severely bruised or may have torn the chest muscle, but there is nothing to be done for it but several days using an anti-inflammatory to keep the swelling down, and rest so it can heal. Since I couldn't do very much, I knit. So now we have several pots in the fire and nothing completed just yet, but it'll happen eventually.
First, this Teddy Bear by Debbie Bliss. I have a lot of baby yarn laying around, so I started making this adorable little bear. His body front and back, head and snout are done. I am now working on a leg. So we are well on the way with this one. The yarn is Bernat Softee Baby.
This was a dishcloth pattern that is so easy, and again, with all the baby yarn I have, why not make squares to put together as a blanket? So this is the start of a baby afghan. I probably have quite a ways to go here, but it has a good start and I am enjoying working on this. I love this pattern. The yarns are all by Bernat; Softee Baby and Baby Jacquards.
I was reading Ev's blog, Strings N Things, and she had knit this gorgeous scarf by Kate Flagg, called The Multnomah Scarf. Hers is a lot more colorful, but it looked like something I could do fairly quickly, so I downloaded the pattern from Ravelry (it's free) and I am making it as a gift. In November my Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild will meet for the last general meeting this year, and they make a bit of a party of it. Everyone brings a dish to pass, and they have a grab box of gifts, and every gift must be hand made. So mine will be the Multnomah Scarf. The yarn is Peruvian Tweed, 100% Alpaca in fingering weight. I would guess I have about 1/3 of it done at this point.
And this is my first pair of toe-up socks. I'm using the pattern "Double Eyelet Rib" by Wendy Johnson. I used Judy Becker's "magic cast-on" to get started, and I'm happy to say I "got it" on the first try. The toe is finished and I have begun the eyelet ribbing on the instep. Last night we had a storm with rain and very high winds. The electricity went out as I was working a set of pattern rows. I was determined to finish all of the rows before putting it down, so I sat knitting with a flashlight sitting on my shoulder, to light my hands as I knit. I got the set done and no mistakes either. The yarn is Koigu, and I am liking the pattern so far, but not the yarn. I've already had to smooth out several kinks in it as it is spun very tightly. It feels nice, but I don't like kinked yarn. I'm not too far on the socks, but hey, it's a beginning, and this is a totally new experience for me. Although, with all the socks I've knit over the past several years, it's about time, wouldn't you say? :)
On Tuesday I gave you a view behind the house of some very lovely, and brightly colored trees. This is what they look like now. They are almost totally bare. After yesterdays storm and high winds, I would say Fall is well advanced in my neck of the woods. I captured our Peak during it's last hours in existence. After yesterday, it is no more. There are more leaves on the ground and covering the roads now, than are on the trees. My tallest Sunflower was blown over and uprooted, and about half of them now have no petals any longer. they are a sorry sight. But this morning, as I walked down the driveway to the mailbox, I noticed that my Dahlia has a brand new bud beginning to open. Hope springs eternal! LOL
Medical update.................the Naproxen has been working very good, and today I am feeling much better. There is still some minor residual pain. No doubt there is still some healing to be done. But it is much better and I am able to do much more now. So today I laundered all the bedding for both bedrooms, and made up the beds. Then I got the rolls of plastic that I purchased 2 weeks ago, with the staple gun, and I have closed off my attic, completely. It is a "finished" attic, with two rooms and a store room, that I don't need right now. No more heat is going to be wasted now. Took out all the burnable trash and set that alight. And I sorted through a lot of yarn, and put it in storage containers by color and dye lot. I got a lot done today. Now night is falling. Time to go back to my knitting. I wonder which project I'll work on tonight?
Have a great weekend! :)