Friday, April 06, 2007

Questions and Answers

Finishing touches? Decision made!
A few amber beads and a trip through Nicky Epstein's "Knitting On The Edge" and I settled on the Berry Cluster as the appropriate finishing touch with a vintage feel for Mia. What do you think?

back, left

back, center

right, detail

Since I'm a (ahem) big-boned gal, I decided to place the visual interest up toward my face . I really like it because, if I'm feeling particularly sassy, I can turn up the collar, resulting in more face-framing allure! I did absolutely nothing to the ribbed sleeves because, well, who needs to advertise the wings :o).

So why was I in such a rush to get this done? Read on, McDuff!

Doctor, it hurts when I do this.
Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior or SLAP. Sounds like an interesting acronym doesn't it? What it is is the answer to my questions about continued pain and weakness in my right shoulder and arm lo these many months since the spinal surgery that I'd hope would remedy the problem (among the others that were fixed). I was informed by my doctor this morning that a painful diagnostic procedure I underwent this past Monday showed that I have a SLAP tear.

The long and short of it is that I can't move my arm much and, at a certain point, any movement (even knitting!) hurts - well, burns is more accurate. I pushed myself to finish the collar on Mia so I could go out with a beaded bang! I will probably have surgery to repair the tear, but won't know when until I see another specialist in May.

Why tell you all of this? Just so you know why the knitting will become as scarce as hens teeth around these parts. This really sucks because I have so many luscious yarns and beautiful patterns yearning to break free from the yarn closet. Ah, well. What's a knittah to do, friends? All I can tell you is that you shouldn't be surprised if some goodies end up on your doorstep. If I can't enjoy it, someone else should, non?



Anonymous Michelle said...

So sorry to hear that you're still in so much pain. Take care of yourself!
Mia is beautiful!

4/06/2007 10:05:00 PM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

Mia is georgous! But you need to take care of yourself. Don't go sending of your supplies, you WILL get better and be able to knit again, I'm sure of it!

4/06/2007 10:21:00 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Mia is wonderful. The detailing is beautiful.

Take care of your self. I have confidence you will feel better.

4/07/2007 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Mia is absolutely stunning Karen! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the addition of the beaded leaves!

I'm sorry to hear your knitting is curtailed and that you'll need more surgery but at least now you know why you haven't been feeling "much" better...and hopefully treating the SLAP will fix things once and for all!

Happy Easter KB! :)

4/07/2007 01:46:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

oh, Karen, take care of yourself, I know the severe decrease in knitting won't be fun, but perhaps it will help to think that you'll soon be back in the saddle again?

4/07/2007 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

You poor thing! Take care. And if you really start jonesing for some knitting, you can probably finger-knit, right?

4/07/2007 08:04:00 AM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Mia looks wonderful - definitely a great finish before putting away the needles for a while!

So sorry to hear about the latest detour in your health - sending wishes & prayers your way for healing...

4/07/2007 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Mia is wonderful! I cannot believe how gorgeous the shrug turned out, and in time for Easter, too.

Your news about not being able to knit is devastating, however. I am so sorry you are in pain and will likely need surgery. (((HUGS)))

4/07/2007 07:13:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

I am so sorry about your pain! I wish there was something I could do to make it go away. (((hugs)))

Mia is gorgeous. What a wonderful finishing touch!

4/07/2007 08:30:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

Oh, I'm sorry to hear about the shoulder & arm pain, you've been having. Hopefully if you need another surgery it will be resolved and then you can knit again, right? The newest version of the Mia shrug is absolutely gorgeous. I love the collar.

4/07/2007 11:46:00 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

SO lame!! But isn't it nice to at least know what's wrong? I've always found that the not knowing is the scary/frustrating part. When will they get you fixed so you can get back to your beautiful knitting?

4/11/2007 10:24:00 AM  

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