When I last posted, I was all set to participate in the Tour de Fleece. That was the last spinning I've done. I managed to mess up my back big time. A pinched nerve that was supposed to result in surgery after PT didn't work. Before I could schedule surgery Harold's back went out. What was initially diagnosed as sciatica has subsequently been diagnosed as osteomyelitis, a bone infection. The initial diagnosis was mid-July and he was finally hospitalized September 16. He's still hospitalized and we hope to have him home next week. I've put my surgery on hold until he's somewhat recovered, maybe the end of the year.
All I can say is thank God for health insurance. If not, we would be bankrupt. All hospitals are not created equal and past performance is not always an indicator of current performance. Nuff said.
There has been some very uninspired knitting going on. I found that I'm really unable to concentrate enough to follow most written patterns, therefore the three sweaters I had on the needles at the beginning of summer are still on the needles. Strangely enough, I've been able to write patterns and have several crochet designs in the pipeline. The mind is a funny thing. I've made several hats for charity, but I haven't taken pics of any of them.
Over the winter, I paired up some stash yarn with patterns and put them aside for a planned road trip. The road trip never materialized but as we were preparing to leave for the emergency room I had the presence of mind to grab a bag. I completed this Hitchhiker in 8 days. It's the fastest I've ever knit anything. Hours of sitting in hospital rooms are ideal for knitting. This was a completely mindless knit and occupied enough of my mind to keep me from going absolutely batsh!@#$ crazy. I bought the yarn at MDSW years ago. It's 100% silk noil, which is leftover after processing silk, resulting in short fibers. I'm not sure how well this is going to wear. It's not very tightly spun and the yarn pulled apart in two places as I was knitting. But it's yarn out of the stash and if it makes it through the winter I'll be happy.
Just in case you need another reason to knit shawls, they are a must for hospitals. They keep you warm (there's always a draft!) and in a pinch can work as a pillow.
That's it from this neck of the woods.