I've been persevering with my 'taking care of myself' routine. Last Friday morning I saw my knee surgeon and he said that I am healing quicker than usual (and not to be too pushy with myself, to watch out for falls and such) and released me to drive again. Hooray!! :)
To celebrate, I drove myself to Catonsville to Cloverhill Yarn Shop on Saturday afternoon. My poor Cruiser has been sitting in our carport for four weeks without being driven - it was covered with pollen and looks more yellow than its normal dark blue color. Gotta search for a car wash soon. :)
Saturday was the one year birthday of Wae and Amanda buying Cloverhill. I had ordered a pattern from them before my surgery and it was in so I thought I'd just pick it up and say hello. Found some lovely yarn to use for making the pattern, though, and everything was on sale, so had to buy it. A nice cotton yarn in my favorite colors - pink, yellow and orange:
The photo at the top of this post shows the sweater - a short cardigan with fairly simple lines. I'm actually a pretty experienced knitter but I have hesitated to work on sweaters (except for baby ones:) in the past because they take a longer attention span. I'm trying really, really hard in my fiber life NOT to keep starting and never finishing projects....so it is an act of bravery for me to start such a lengthy job. :) I am determined to finish it so I might be working on this one for the entire summer.
I knitted the swatch (and it came out exactly on gauge, surprise!) and am now working on the back. This yarn (Cascade Luna paint) has a soft crimp to it and I really like the texture of the fabric it is creating - soft and plushy. :) I think the sweater itself will be cushy and nice to wear. Here in Maryland, a cotton sweater will be perfect to wear for almost 3/4's of the year. :)
Once I got back from Cloverhill on Saturday, I was really tired - uh, my knee was really tired. My car (and Skip's) is a standard so my left knee has to do clutch duty when I drive. I sat for a while with my nice cool water wrap on (boy does that feel good!).
Sunday I piddled around all day, finishing up other projects so I could start on the sweater. :)
Monday was my first physical therapy session for this week (I'm going Monday, Wednesday and Friday now) and I could really tell that I had not done much in the way of my exercises for the weekend - my knee was really stiff and did not bend as well as on Friday. Sigh. Gotta stick to the straight and narrow!
Monday night was the first meeting of the Wool Club at Springwater Designs. Mary Nielsen is facilitating the club so that made it fun - Mary has a great sense of humor and shares her knowledge and experience very freely. Mostly we talked about her work with various combinations of felt, wool and cotton in applique and her experiences with taking Sue Spargo classes. The club doesn't concentrate on Sue's work specifically but some of the members are going to be working on her patterns, especially the birds and the new Imperial Blooms. I am going to keep up with my determination to finish things by continuing to work on my WoolyLady 'Nature's Way' block of the month quilt.
Next time the club meets (next month) we are supposed to bring our projects to work on...Mary is going to teach some stitches for embellishing and show us how she does turned-edge applique on cotton with starch. :)
The weather has been really hot the past couple of days (high 90's, with humidity index) so I'm hiding out indoors as much as possible. I did go to the first Medifast weigh-in I've been to for five weeks late this afternoon (gained a few pounds, as I expected). My Cruiser's a/c does not work so it was a pretty miserable trip. :P
Tomorrow I have to find a car wash to run the poor sedan through and go to my PT session in the late afternoon. Otherwise, I think I"m going to try to set up my sewing machine. I have to get cracking on making the pretty feather quilt for the Baltimore Modern guild's bingo in September. :)