Move in' the Wheels
I am working on a new little pattern for the shop and am lovin' it. I really enjoyed the Zig Zag pram blanket (I will post about it once I take a photo) and wanted to try another stash busting blanket, this time in crochet. I am "hooked" on crochet, the rhythm is in sync with my personality, it moves quickly and you see progress instantly. An added feature of crochet (if you own a yarn shop) is that it gobbles up yarn! Here is a little preview of the blanket. I'm using the Catherine's Wheel stitch pattern, it is fun, fast and addictive! I just love the color explosion, very unlike my usual sedate selections, and how quickly this pattern grows. This shouldn't be too difficult for anyone who has taken the Quick Start crochet class at the Shabby Sheep, it requires chain, single crochet, double crochet and a double cluster stitch which is just a modified version of a double crochet. If you would like to see the progress and try your hand at it, stop by the shop, I'll be happy to show you how to hook a row.
About the other wheels. I had my knee replaced several weeks ago and have begun to feel a little more like my old self lately. One never know what to expect post surgery, no matter how many people you talk to, how many questions you ask, or how many internet searches you explore, it's impossible to really know what you are in for. I felt last week like I wasn't making much progress, but then I realized that a week before I was still using a cane at times and I hadn't used it at all in days.
So, Sunday I thought I'd take a little walk around the local University's campus and then call Captain Happy (aka my husband) to pick me up. I ended up at my friend/old next door neighbor's house, she wasn't home, but I laid on her lawn in the 100 degree heat and called her (she was doing paperwork at her office), chatted for 30 minutes, then called Captain Happy to pick me up. I realized, I was hot, but felt refreshed and wasn't hurting, so I called him back and cancelled the pick up. I got myself up and walked back through the campus to home. When I got home, I iced and elevated my knee like usual, then realized I had walked about a mile! With my bad knee, before replacement, I hadn't been able to do that in years without a TON of pain!! I still have stiffness and pain with my rehab exercises I do each day, but to walk a mile with my new wheel, without the sort of pain I used to have, is welcomed progress.
Have a great day, and keep all your wheels a move in'!