Sorry I've not been blogging. My back procedure is tomorrow morning and I've spent the last two weeks or so getting my family and house ready for me to be off my feet for a few days and unable to sit for extended time or lift for a few weeks. Won't cover the details we all understand, just imagine errands, taxes, bookkeeping, kid stuff, housekeeping, etc.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last entry. I don't think I answered most of you, which I usually do. I read every comment and appreciated all of them. Thanks also for the emails as to my well-being. I'm a little anxious, but this is a non-invasive out-patient procedure and the risks are minimal. My problem is that I've been on this table nine times and I know to some degree what's coming. Kind of like the dentist.
My back got a little scary about two weeks ago and I wondered if I would make it til now, but thankfully I have. That last blow-out came after a similar upswing in pain, so I've been anxious and very careful. Sadly, sitting really exacerbates it, so I've not knitted as much as I would like. Hope to start something new during this forced break - maybe socks with this cotton? I haven't seen it knitted up yet, but looks like a fun sandal sock. I hope it's not too hard on the bottom of my feet. I wear berks around the house except for the hottest days of summer since our floors are hard and cold. I hate cold feet!
Did do a massive restructuring of my craft space through. Before Emily joined us my craft room was the third bedroom with it's south facing French doors and great view. Bright and airy with a laminate floor that could take anything. Now I have a dark little corner in the office/guest room. Not complaining, but it's also not quite the same! Like many unattractive and hidden corners, it had become the piling place and was about a foot deep in clutter. Much of that clutter was meaningful and resistant to a quick clean up. Dedicated last weekend to massive organizing while DH built plain but effective shelves. Getting a solartube installed next week to add daytime light. The photo above is pc brightened - it's really dark back there. Still a work in progress, but I love being able to see the cards I receive and have a place to pin up visual cues. I was able to create three scrapbook pages this week - something I hadn't done since October.
Don't have knitting progress photos - next time. I am on repeat 10/13 of the straight section of Clapotis II, so I expect to be done this week. Might just squeeeak by with only three balls (it will be by yards). Returned two of the six that I definitely won't need and exchanged them for Starmore's Tudor Roses (hardcover), which I wanted specifically for the Elizabeth I pattern and generally for the Tudor connection, and Zimmermann's Knitting Around, specifically for pi r squared pattern and generally for her knowledge.
Didn't recognize my luck at the time, but my LYS sold me the Starmore book for list. It's now on ebay for $80+. I remember when I first searched for her Aran Knitting book and was teased unmercifully by all the dead links on google. It had been remaindered and sold at virtually nothing, but no one had stock left at any of the links. Now of course it's hundreds of dollars. Luckily my library has it.
Went down to the Del Mar Home and Garden show last night to pick up coupons for the solartubes and walked away with five new orchids. Finally admitted I need to learn their names, so I spent some time photographing and learning about them last night. If you like orchids, click to enlarge.
Also spent way too much of my little free time listing Emily's Gymboree clothes from last spring on ebay. I hope it pays enough to make it worth my time - last time it did. Will be thrilled for the proceeds because it's PayPal in/PayPal out ... spring yarn money baby!
Look for updates in a week or two. Until then, take care everyone!