Friday, March 03, 2006


Sorry I've been incommunicado lately!

First off, I want to give a shout out to terpsichore, who knit my Big Wool Mittens! As far as I'm aware, this is the first time someone's knit one of my patterns. I feel really cool and would do a dance if I could, which I can't (keep reading). But her mittens turned out really well! I really like her stripes! Check them out!

On Friday, I finished felting Market Squares.

Then I went to Knit and Stitch = Bliss in Bethesda. This is the FIRST TIME I've been to a yarn store since we moved. I bought buttons for the sweater's I'll talk about later.

On Saturday, I went to my friend Jonathan's Birthday party, which featured a Journey cover-band! Woot! And, the part of the crazy girl who doesn't know when to shut up? Totally played by me, as always.

And! Look, I finished my olympic project.

Also, Amy had an awesome Closing Ceremony party. Look what I won!

That's the Shaun White Flying Tomato gold medal! With a prize!

That's a really cool pattern for a fair-isle throw with the necessary Hemp 4 Knitting. Yarn. Very sweet.

The big news is that I've totally and utterly thrown out my back. While sitting at my computer. On Monday, my coworkers had to wheel me out to the car on my desk chair, screaming. Even after the ER pumped me full of muscle relaxers and narcotics, I was still in enough pain that they let me take the wheelchair home. On Tuesday morning, I passed out from either the pain or the percoset. Thursday morning, I woke up screaming in pain at 3am. Things ARE getting better though. I'm in physical therapy 2 times a week. I've been given a note to get me out of work "indefinetly". Today, I got out of bed unassisted. TWICE! This was awesome. I'm also now consistently going to the bathroom by myself. Yeah. That's how bad it's been.

But let's just talk abot how awesome Dan is. To get me on Monday (because I knew I couldn't drive) he had to take lots of public transport and a cab across DC to get me. I bit him on numerous occasions to keep myself from screaming in the emergency room. He let me chew up his wallet. He walked about the holding room we were in and gave the nurse the evil eye until she came back with a shot full of pain killer. He stayed home with me all day Tuesday and drove me all over. (Can I also give a shout-out to my doctor? I called at 9, explained the situation, saw her at 11. She got me a 1pm appointment with her favorite orthopedist. He saw me, ran across the hall to the physical therapy place and begged someone to see me ASAP and I saw them at 3. AWESOME). Dan has to go away on Sunday for business. He's been FREAKING OUT about leaving me home alone. But, on Wednesday he went to work for a few hours (and then came home to me saying "I have to go the bathroom, but I can't get up") Yesterday he went all afternoon and I was FINE. And after today's awesome smooth moves of getting out of bed ALL BY MYSELF, he went all day. I called him for something this afternoon and I could just hear the panic in his voice, thinking I was lying on the floor, wetting myself or something.

But seriously, to quote Jed Bartlett "So this is why they make you take vows". Even though I'm super-cute, helping me off the toilet isn't fun. (Plus, I am not super-thing. Hell, I'm not even thin.) Having me wake you up at all hours of the night because I need you to help move me or something is not cool. Having to use up your vacation time to take care of me, being totally helpless, is not fun but he hasn't complained at all. Not one bit. So super duper lovely.

But I've been knitting a lot and enjoying the Project Runway marathons.

It's baby-fest in my world. Lots of people popping out little bundles of joy. So... here is EZ's Baby Suprise Sweater. Yes, I swear this is a sweater. See?

It's for a preemie, so I didn't change the sweater, but knit it at a much smaller gauge, using sock yarn. Here is one for older brother (a one year old) knitting at a bigger gauge, per EZ's suggestion

I've also totally finished the blue sweater. And a bonnet for the red sweater. And a baby bootie. I just haven't been able to take photos, because, you know, the whole-not-being-able-t0-move thing.

ALSO! Yesterday, I got a most awesome package from my secret pal. (who is from Davenport! Iowa! I love Iowa!) It's really really awesome and most of the chocolate is already in my belly, but I'll cover it more indepth later (with all of it's cool contents) when I can get photos. Or have Dan take photos for me.


kperreau12 said...

Love the bag - would you make one for me please :) the sweaters are very cute. Hope you feel better soon.
Hey... my daughter and I & husbands are coming to DC in April (last weekend).

kelle said...

Hey's me I don't know how I just signed in!

Anonymous said...

The bag and baby sweaters look great! Congratulations on winning the prize at the closing ceremonies. I'm so sorry to hear about your back. Hopefully it gets better soon. Happy to hear that you got your package and that you liked it. Enjoy!


freddyknits said...

Hi Jennie. How terrible about your back! I hope you are feeling better soon. I love the EZ sweater.

Are you going to the MD sheep & wool? I'll be coming down...

Denise said...

Oww oww, throwing out your back is the worst. Well, if you and Dan have kids, you're in luck...all those caring skills are in high demand when you have a newborn. Trust me.

Peace out.