Friday, January 31, 2014

Counting My Blessings

My knee surgery went well and now I'm doing physical therapy. I have to admit that I think of the women that I'm working with as the "mean girls". I know that they are doing their jobs, but yikes, after an hour of them working my quads and stretching, I can hardly walk! They are helping me stretch out my leg in order to straighten it and I'm a motivated patient as I'm ready to start cycling again-soon, sooner, soonest. Thanks for all of the prayers and well wishes. They meant so much to me. I'm humbled that I received emails from women that I've never met, telling me that they were praying for me after Mildred posted about my surgery. How cool is that? It just uplifted me, that's for sure. So, again, thanks so much. I've met the neatest people through blogging.

Counting my blessings. I found out from my surgeon that I have lost 50% of the meniscus in my right knee. So okay, I can't do anything about that. But I do have so much to be thankful for, and that's what I'm going to focus on.

When I was combing through the cormo fleeces that I had bought from Dan I discovered a bag of kid mohair that was a nice find. I like working with mohair as it has a nice sheen to it and the curls can be fun to play with. I don't know if you've worked with kid mohair, but it's so soft it makes lovely scarves. I dyed some of it using a cherry drink mix in various strengths, gently carded it on my hand cards, and then spun it into a thin singles on my canary wood spindle with the ebony shaft that my husband made for me. It's a delight to spin with.

I've started knitting the handspun mohair using a lace pattern to make an open scarf:

I like it so well, I decided to dye more of it, this time using a brilliant blue to go with one of my winter jackets.

I've been doing some simple tapestry work, reacquainting myself with the techniques. I did a little coneflower:


The other day my husband and I went for a walk along the Boise River and we noticed a couple of guys fishing while enjoying the sunshine. I wonder if they caught anything? I think that it's time to renew my fishing license....

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,
Judy

19 comments:

Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Judy, Nice to see you posting again and our prayers continue for your healing. What a lovely spot for fishing; I think you better renew that license! Your pink scarf is so soft looking.
I hope you and your husband have a very nice weekend.

Rogata Owca said...

Oh, Judy, i did not know, You had a surgery. I hope You will be back to full fitness soon, so You shall better renew the fishing licence.
The pink scarf looks so soft. I can not knit like that. Best wishes to You and Your Family.

Teresa in Music City said...

So glad to hear you are doing well, Judy, and getting back to doing some of the things you enjoy. Before you know it, you are going to be back cycling and it will all be SO worth it!!!

KaHolly said...

Hoping your therapy goes well and you are back on your feet, as the saying goes, sooner than expected! Just love that yarn!

Sheila said...

So glad to hear you are making progress with your knee . Beautiful yarn and the scarf looks wonderful and soft . Cute little weaving and that river looks very inviting for the fisherman , I agree renew that licence, fishing is such fun . Take care :-)

Loree Jackson said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend :)

adailydoseoffiber said...

What luscious pinks! You are a "dreamy" spinner; I love what you do. Take care of yourself as you mend.

Marion B. said...

HI Judy,

I'm glad you're doing so great.

And that pink! oh I can imagine you couldn't resist spinning it.

Have a nice day.

Fran├žoise said...

I'm glad to hear the surgery went well. You just have to be a good girl now and do the physical therapy. ;-)
Love that pink colour!
Have a nice weekend.

maliz said...

Hej Judy,
I wish you to get well as soon as possible!
It,s always amazing for me to see the wonderful yarns you produce with your spindle.
Have a nice weekend!
maliz

Karen Reff said...

I couldn't look away from those pinks. The picture just draws my eye! I hope your healing is as fast as you wish!

Barb said...

Good news about your surgery. You'll be biking before you know it! Love that pink yarn, my goodness! Looks good enough to eat.

Linda Coleman said...

Judy, so glad to hear that you are on the mend. It won't be long before you are out ski-ing again hopefully. Love that pink wool. Best wishes

Nicki said...

Love the pink and blue dyes- brilliant colors!
Hope your healing goes by quickly!

CATHY DANIEL said...

Hi Judy - hope you continue to improve. You certainly have the right attitude. How wonderful to be able to walk somewhere so beautiful (another thing to be grateful for!). xCathy

Blackberry Lane said...

Stopping by to say I hope you are improving every day. Have a good day tomorrow.

WolleNaturFarben said...

Hello Judy, did not know of your surgery, all the best or healing. Anke

adailydoseoffiber said...

You should have saved that luscious pink wool for your post on the 14th! It even looks heart-shaped. You name the most lovely wool!

Lin said...

Pretty pink wool Judy and love the blue too. I love coming across new words in blogs - coneflower I had never heard of but having looked it up I know what it is. Hope the knee is coming along. xx