Monday, July 10, 2006

Have I lost my mind?

Just because I saw someone crocheting a dishcloth, does that mean I have to monkey-see and make my own? I guess so. This baby was handled on our drive back up to the lake Saturday morning. (Not a bad deal-work 2 days and head back to the lake for 2 days-I could get used to that schedule) While I normally despise crochet, this was a very quick fix for those never ending FO's that seem to be taunting me with their in-complete-ness. So there! Plus I like the colors and it will be less dreary when I have to clean my kitchen next. (Crap, I think I left some dishes in the sink-those will be waiting for me tonight!)

Speaking of never ending FO's, here's another progress shot of the Hippo sock. I chose not to torture you all by snapping another lakeside photo, although Saturday and Sunday's weather made last week pale in comparison. I'm sporting the glowing skin to prove it.

I am 3 rows away from finishing the leg chart and starting the heel flap-finally. I only managed to get this far on such a beautiful, boat worthy weekend, because I got to enjoy a couple of hours of quiet knitting time whilst enjoying I think the second Mission Impossible movie at the glorious Grayling, MI Emergency Room, all the while convincing my SO that leaving was not a good idea, since it wasn't going to fix itself - Men! Yepper, you heard (read) me right, the ER. He decided our weekend needed a bit more excitement so he livened it up by slicing his leg open on the boat prop, about 10 p.m. Saturday night. He had been working on the boat all day and he and his brother took it out for a test spin, and after encountering more troubles with the engine and fixing them on the water, brought the boat back to shore, was covering it for the evening due to impending storms, and hit the prop with his knee on his way off the back of the boat into the water. Let me tell you, I've heard of others injuring themselves on boat propellors before but until I actually saw the aftermath, I will never view a boat prop as casually again. I even looked at the prop the next day, while it sat motionless in the water, and I shuddered just visualizing the previous evening's event. For something seemingly dull and thick it sure made a mess of his knee. Fortunately he didn't cut anything really important, so the bleeding was under control before we went to the hospital, only to be aggravated by the doctor. I'm not sure if he felt better messing it all up again, to achieve a greater sense of accomplishment once the bleeding was controlled again or what. I was there, close at hand to monitor the repair work and when the nurse had produced a suture needle too small for him to use, I offered up a yarn needle since I had my knitting with me, but he politely declined and waited for the proper size suture needle. I feel pretty confident that should the need arise, I could step in with my embroidery needles (yarn needles are probably too big for suturing) and handle the procedure on my own. I'll add that to my usual medical kit of duct tape and super glue and go confidently on my way. I'll be sure to offer my services to all the guys at work, since they come to me on occasion for minor cuts and splinters and the like. They'll be very happy to learn that I have a new skill to show off. Anyway, this is why I was able to make progress on my Hippo sock, considering that I didn't do much knitting this weekend due to beautiful weather. SO is limping along, not a very happy camper today back at work for sure, but upon inspection his beautifully sutured smiley face under his left knee cap is going to be fine in a few weeks. As long as he doesn't get silly and try any superhero work stuff to interfere with the healing. Still, I can't help but clutch my knee every time I visualize his accident. Sheesh!

I have to teach my Total Body Conditioning class in Royal Oak, so while I didn't exercise last week I'll at least have a snazzy tan and maybe they won't notice me huffing and puffing up front. Wish me luck.

Have a great night!

I love the colours in the dishcloth, and there's nothing wrong with a quick FO. Great progress on the Hippo Beast sock too! I hope that SO's knee heals quickly too.
I crochet discloths too and washcloths. Good travel projects.
Gahh that injury. I know what you mean about boat propellers. You'll never look at one in the same light. At least he didn't cut anything important; around the knee it's easily done. Hippo sock looks day I'll tackle the hippo beast.
Graying Hospital. Only slightly on par with Otsego County Hospital 25 miles north, where I learned the hard way that the 40-minute ride from my home in Gaylord to Petoskey's Northern Michigan Hospital can actually be a life saver. I think the mottos in these places is: "We're not happy until YOU'RE not happy!"

Glad all's well and you survived (literally) your time here in the north!
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