Sunday, November 25, 2007

Berroco Sweater Done

My great nephew's first birthday was today, and the sweater was gifted as planned. It fit him nicely, and I am happy with how it turned out. I put the cord stopper and the button on this morning before heading out to the party, and forgot to take photos, so these were done at my niece's house in a hurry, but there they are. I don't know if you can see the button up close (click the pictures to make them bigger) but it is a cute little dalmation dog.
I finished the sweater about two weeks ago, the night before I went in for surgery on my left thumb. I have arthritis in the base of both thumbs, but the left had gotten so painful on a daily basis and hurt to do things as simple as washing the dishes and even washing my hands, so it was time to take care of it. The surgery involved removing some bone and putting ligaments in its place, and I will be splinted for about ten weeks. The doc tells me I will be able to knit "as tolerated" before then, and I look forward to that. I feel lost without my knitting now - not sure what to do with myself. I can't really clean house (like that's appealing anyway), too much computer time is hard on my neck, and I have never been one to spend much time in front of the TV, except of course, with my knitting. In trying to solve this dilemma last week I found myself in Barnes and Noble buying buying one of Oprah's latest book selections, "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. I used to read all the time, but have gotten away from it as my handcrafts took over more and more of my time. I am enjoying this book very much, and every time I DO read a good book I vow to spend more time reading. Maybe I will have to put it on my list of resolutions for the new year. I know there is a stand alone "sequel" to this book and I am certain I'll want to pick it up.
Even though I am not actively knitting right now, I am surfing blogs and Ravelry and impatiently waiting for healing to progress so I can get back into action. I bought the book Scarf Style a few months ago and have fallen in love with Lady Eleanor's stole. I was THIS CLOSE to ordering the Noro Silk Garden last night. I had the number of skeins punched in and the credit card poised on my keyboard. Why did I stop?? I am not sure. I think it would make a fabulous Santa gift for me under the tree though, don't ya think?? Maybe later this week I'll follow-through and place the order.


Karen said...

That sweater is so cute!! And it looks adorable on him. :) I hope your thumb heals up fast and you are back to knitting in no time. I can't imagine how lost you feel without it - although time to read is a good thing too.

"T" Van Hoecke said...

Karen, it turned out sooo cute and it is none too big is it.
Way to go on finishing it in time.
I have thought that lady Eleanor looks fabulous myself.
I would love to see what the Noro Silk Garden feels like. Sounds heavenly ; )