Saturday, June 7, 2008

You can't keep a knitter DOWN!

Ah yes, I have survived Arthroscopic Capsular Release on my left shoulder. It was no fun. I don't like IVs, general anesthesia, hydrocodone, nerve blocks, post-surgical nausea, or, well, surgery. Here's what I did learn about me and my knitting:

1). I can knit with an IV in my right hand. Even though I cried before the nurse put it in because it was the first time I had an IV and was scared out of my mind. I managed to pull myself together and knit while waiting to go into surgery while my husband read to me. (I am relieving you of a picture of it, however.)

2) I can knit with three puncture wounds in my shoulder. (I like to think of them as 'stigmata.' hee hee.) Under those three demure little band-aids, there are three puncture wounds all stitched up.

3) I can knit even though I can't really move my left arm that well--but I knew that BEFORE the surgery. Though I could not knit while the nerve block was still in effect--in fact I couldn't even hold up my arm. Or sit upright since I was still doped up.

4) I WILL KNIT-you just can't keep me DOWN! Even hyped up on hydrocodone or too much Aleve, I can manage an FO in one week!

Pattern: The ubiquitous Clapotis
Yarn: Madil Eden Print--100% Bamboo in "Spring," #037, 6.5 skeins
Yarn enabler: Webs, May 2008--it's a closeout, my friends!
Time I spent knitting this when I should have been laying flat on my back in a pain-killer induced haze: 1 week, May 31-June 7, 2008.
This is my third and, I think, final clapotis for myself. I have one in worsted weight wool/silk that is gigantic. I have another in Wollmeise sock yarn that is a bit small--more a scarf than stole/shawl. Now this one is just the right size and weight for spring and summer!
Knit on through all adversity, baby!


limonene said...

I'm so glad to hear that things went well and you're on the mend! Way to knit on.

misplacedpom said...

Yay! Here's to many a high five on your future :)

Anonymous said...

That's a gorgeous clapotis. And I agree about the stigmata - you are henceforce Mz Kwooz, Our Lady of Clapotis.

Anonymous said...

congratulations on completion of your clapotis

Shameka said...

YaY!!!! You have conquered it and have an FO. Wonderful. I once knit through a small bout of tennis elbow, so I know the struggle. You can't keep a good knitter down. See you on Saturday!!

SewIknit2 said...

Thanks for your encouragement on Rav. about my frozen shoulder+knitting! (is it sad that I noticed FIRST the yummy knitty clapotis and THEN the puncture wounds!? lol!!)


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