Saturday, August 29, 2015

4 Weeks Post-Op

What does Pretty knit almost 4 weeks after surgery? Well, a second sockhead in Serpent, for starters!


And a small, speckled sweater!

And, if you look in her queue on Ravelry, you may or may not find patterns to cast on soon for finger puppets, because, well...why not?

I'm doing well, walking as much as I can and knitting in the down times (well, I knit when my eyes are open anyway!). I'm getting back into work, and I've been back in the office a week now. Sometimes I even feel like I am fairly productive...yay! Other times, I go home a little early, and I fall into bed ahead of schedule most nights. 

I hope this post finds you being productive, working on your fall routines and traditions, and knitting like the wind! Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thank You!

To all my friends, both near and far,
Who've extended help and prayer -
Thank you from the depths of my heart
For the time and the love you have shared!

Seriously, so much love and practical help has come my way since my hip replacement surgery, and I simply can't say thank you enough! Now that I am back to work, and I pretty much go to bed as soon as I get home, I wish there were more awake hours to thank each of you in a much more personal way...but I am working on my thank you cards!

Yes, I'm knitting too...simple stuff still...those ambush naps are still a big part of my life!

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tradition!

Much like Tevye was, I am a fan of tradition. There is a certain comfort in having a plan, and knowing that certain things will always happen at the same time, and in the same way. Growing up, some of my favorite traditions included the following:

Opening presents on Christmas Eve, after my younger sister's bathtime (Santa would often bring them while she was in the bath...lol!), followed by Christmas day dinner with turkey, lasagna, soup, salad, homemade bread, everything made from scratch and shared at Grandma's house with all of our cousins (and aunts and uncles, too).

Spending one glorious day at Cedar Point every year in the spring, usually a Wednesday, before school was even out! We would get up early, stop for a fast food breakfast to eat in the van, then drive to the park, where we would ride and laugh and play until the last ride closed. Then we'd buy salt-water taffy to take home. 

The Russo family reunion, on my mother's side, the first Sunday of every August at Coulby Park. We'd pack giant picnic baskets, and our family would often pick up Grandma and Grandpa (who didn't drive) and be their transportation for the day. There were cousins, aunts and uncles, second cousins, and great aunts and uncles. Sometimes we kids would pick blackberries, and we would always be free to roam the whole park...around the pond, to the playground and all the way over to the ball fields by the pool. And there always seemed to be baseball on the transistor radio in the shade under the big tree. 

As an adult, a wife and a mother, our pretty little family had it's own traditions. We hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our little house almost every year (with no vegetables in the stuffing, at my hubby's and brother-in-law's request); we opened one gift on Christmas Eve, before Santa even arrived for the next day; and we continued going to Cedar Point each summer. Tradition punctuates so many of my happy memories!

I like tradition because I like to know what's coming around the bend, and I don't take to unexpected change as gracefully as I should. As I look back on the last year or so, I see that my traditional self has really been turned on its ear. Things have changed where I work, often suddenly and without warning. Things have changed in my family, some beautiful changes (most notably a beautiful new granddaughter), and some not so pretty. Things have changed for me physically, with the recent addition of that shiny new hip!

I am doing well, despite the changes, and I might even assert that I have handled many of the changes with a fair amount of grace. But this morning, as I looked toward my return to work on Monday, I found myself longing for some of the traditional things I've missed over the past year. So I started my day with a little laundry and a little visit to Bedford Falls (I never did get around to watching this movie last Christmas), as well as some comfort knitting (a new baby sweater for a little one that will join her family this fall).

Now that I've done that, I'm off to enjoy whatever adventure I find today. I'm down to just the cane now, and I even go without that around the house sometimes, so I think I'm up for whatever life throws at me...but we'll see. I wonder what new traditions are coming my way next...

Do you have any favorite traditions? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Holy Knitted Cats!

By all that is good, I cannot explain it. 

"I'll knit a little cat to go in the box to the girls," I thought. So I did.

Then I knit  another...

and another...

and another...

until there were 5 knitted cats!

Yikes. I just kept knitting until the yarn was gone. Is it the pain meds? Is it the lack of sleep? Is it the time off work? Or is it just that I really like to knit toys?

Let's go with that last one. Yeah, that's it. 

In the meantime, at least two of these will go in a box to the girls, and if I have "leftovers," I am sure they will find good homes. After all, who doesn't like a knitted cat? I know, right!?!

I am Pretty, knitter of multiples...of just about anything. Maybe I should go back to the hexipuffs...or maybe I'll cast on a second sockhead. Either way, I'm going to knit and nap today, and I hope you'll get a little of one or the other into your day, too!

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Baby Steps

One thing they've told me, time and again, is that healing is going to take baby steps forward...and it has. But even though it seems to me that my progress is slow, I know that I am healing well, and I am grateful for that. :)

I'm slowly transitioning from the walker 

to a cane, as I am able. 

I am more able in the morning and early afternoon, and with a fresh dose of painkillers, but I am more and more able to walk more and more with the cane each day. I am also trying to walk a little more, and sit a little less, with each day, and I am feeling pretty strong most of the time!

Still, I sit a lot, and I am not back to work quite yet, so the knitting (and the cats) have been a very appreciated addition to my days at home. 

As with my hip, my knitting seems to be taking baby steps along the way. My big accomplishment seems to be hat knitting, with one in worsted cotton

and one in fingering wool finished this week.

Simple knitting, stuff I can do with my eyes closed (which happens occasionally, to be sure - the naps do tend to ambush me following physical therapy!), but satisfying projects that become finished objects, nonetheless. So satisfying that I have now cast on a simple pair of stripey socks as well, and I am looking forward to seeing them fly from my needles!

That's the thing about progress...sometimes you can see it, like in a newly finished object, bound off and gifted to a thankful recipient. Other times, you just trust that progress is there, sight unseen...as I trust that my hip is improving when I can make it all the way around the block without stopping to rest, taking in the sights of my lovely little neighborhood along the way!

Long story short (too late, I know), the hip is doing well, I am doing well, and I am thankful for each day that I open my eyes and take a breath, even if I'm in pain. There's too much life to be lived, and pain is often part of that life, so I might as well keep on putting one foot in front of the other. I hope that you are doing the same, and that you are also finding some joy in the journey of this life!

Thanks for stopping by, and knit in good health!