Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Right around Halloween I began to get nervous. (Let's insert a Halloween picture here, shall we? Yes, we shall. If this were your child, you'd be nervous, too. Just kidding, Bob! Love ya, babe.) I started mildly freaking out in the quiet recesses of my brain, worrying that maybe the reason I had a pinchy nerve that kept getting worse was because of a tumor. I went to my nice family doc and told him about my worries and he suggested an MRI. I thought that was a great idea. So I had an MRI two weeks ago and found that IT'S NOT A TUMOR! (said in my best Arnie-as-Kindergarten-Cop voice) Yay. It's just a herniated disk! Who'd have thought that would make me so happy?

I think the initial injury happened back in May when Eric was out of town and I decided to move a couch down to the basement by myself. Moving it down wasn't so bad, because I had gravity on my side. I think the problem was that I decided about 20 seconds later that I didn't want the couch in the basement after all, so I wrestled it back upstairs. I had just started doing that Couch-to-5K thing and I thought I was having sciatica from not stretching properly after exercising. And for the past 6 months, I've just been making it worse.

So now, I'm lying around or standing, avoiding sitting if at all possible, not driving, and (hardest of all) not picking up any children. Ever. Well, for a while, at least. PeeWee doesn't mind, she's 2 and she wants to do everything by herself anyway. I mind it more than she does.

You'll notice that I'm back at the computer--that's because I finally thought outside of the box and realized I can stand and type at the same time! Duh. Also, I'm feeling much better today and I must show off my latest obsession: entrelac! I ripped out the langishing 1-1/2 inches of ribbing on the Boberly Hat and made another entrelac hat. That entrelac, it's more fun than a bottle of Percocet.

The yarn is Noro Silk Garden, color #258, just over 2 balls. I cast on 64 stitches and started with 3/4" of 2x2 ribbing, did 8-stitch sections for the base triangles and 2 rows of rectangles. I then reduced to 6-stitch rectangles for 2 rows, then 4-stitch triangles at the top. The top was finished up with 2 rounds of k2tog, then I cinched up the last 8 stitches to close the top. Boberly has been wearing it which makes my heart very happy. I've been enjoying knitting backwards so much that I think it's time to make the plunge into my long-awaited Lizard Ridge Afghan. Yeah, remember that KAL I joined about 2 years ago? :) It's time.


woolydoodles said...

So glad you now know what the prob is! Bob looks fab in her costume.
Take lots of care
Love n hugs
Mel x

Tola said...

Mau wears the hat i made her almost every day and it just makes me so happy when she does! so sorry about your back pain, is there anything i can do? did you get the invitation?

Jean said...

Yay! It's not a tumor! (So with you on the Arnold voice.) But sorry you had to go through stressing over that. Very scary. Sorry you do still have the back pain, though. That sucks. I had a friend with a back injury who still had to go to his lots-of-writing-on-the-computer job. He figured out a way to lie on the floor, with his feet on the chair and the keyboard propped up on his chest/lap so he could still work. Standing sounds much more sensible to me, though. :) Love the entrelac hat. Gorgeous colors. Feel better!

Faith! said...

Standing and typing? Poor dear! I'm sorry you're not 100% but grateful that you are on the mend.

picperfic said...

love that hat! hope that trapped nerve sorts itself out soon...standing all the time must be horrid!