Frog in knots

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Broken

When I was very very small my mother dropped me on my head I fell over (no really) and smashed up my face pretty badly. The hospital did the obvious and stitched up the gash across the bridge of my nose and left it at that. Unfortunately there was more damage internally and I have never been able to breathe through my nose properly. It's never really been a major problem but more recently it's been causing me a lot of grief so my doc suggested we get it checked out a little more in depth. I had surgery on it last week and am now the proud owner of a brand new nose - well the old one broken down and used for parts in an upgrade. I'm yet to tell if I can breathe through it, but I'm assured all went well and it will be worth it. I didn't anticipate it would be as painful as it is or quite how ill I'd feel after it, so rather than knitting I've been clutching my head in despair all week.

Before I went in to have it done I did get some knitting finished. I've been wanting to knit with Wendy Fusion from when I first saw it. It's divine. It's a chunky single plied 50/50 wool/acrylic that comes in the most gorgeous colourways. It was Juniper Berries that caught my eye, but shock horror I couldn't think of anything to knit in it. I didn't need any more purple accessories and I couldn't budget in a sweater from it at this time of year. Then my mother came to the rescue. She's just bought a purple coat (don't tempt me on the red hat!) and needed a scarf or something to go with it. We decided on a cowl and I set to work. She wasn't bothered what it looked like and I wanted to do something that would show off the yarn to it's best advantage which meant something plain-ish. I decided to go for alternating cables with no purl breaks. I've had something similar in mind for something else and wanted to use this project to see how things would turn out.

I wasn't overjoyed with how it looks but the Ma is happy as long as it keeps her warm. I'm so delighted with the yarn I'll be making myself a scarf from the Cinnamon colourway as soon as I can get out for the yarn. As well as a broken nose I've also broken a toe so it could be some time...

Psst - I have a lot of emails and blogs to catch up on which I'll try to get done over the next week or so.

42 Comments:

At 5:44 pm, Anonymous Sue said...

Oooh! poor you! I hope the 'new' nose feels better soon. I've seen the Wendy Fusion and wondered how it would knit up so thanks for doing my research for me!

 
At 5:49 pm, Blogger Bezzie said...

Yeouch!!! And funny to think that people have that done for cosmetic reasons huh?? Hope you feel better soon!

Lovin' those colors and cables.

 
At 5:55 pm, Anonymous Heather said...

Oh, that sounds so painful! My mother-in-law had eye surgery a few months ago because her eyelids hung over her eyes and it hurt to hold her eyes open all day and it was really difficult in the beginning but she is so glad she did it now. I know you'll be feeling better soon!

 
At 6:02 pm, Blogger Kelly said...

yikes, hope your in less pain soon and your able to breath better asap!

 
At 6:09 pm, Anonymous Eva said...

sorry that you're in so much pain, but if it means you can breath properly again, it will have been worth it :)
I love the yarn you've used. I'll have a look for it on the internets to get some.
I love the way that cowl looks. Guess I'll have to make one for myself too :)

Hope you'll heal soon!!!
Cheers Eva

 
At 7:15 pm, Blogger Peg said...

Ouch! You are having a good go at the medical world these days. They are great, but try to stay away, as it is eating into your knitting time! That is a pretty colourway - is there a Red Hat Society in your part of the world. There is one here, but I have no inclination to join! I would rather sit and knit!
Get better soon!

 
At 7:21 pm, Anonymous Silvia said...

Boy when you do something you do it right!! I feel your Pain....well actually I feel for you more then anything. I hope all gets sorted soon and all the Pain will be forgotten and you can get back to showing us your gorgeous knitting

 
At 7:51 pm, Blogger craftydramaqueen said...

Poor you indeed! I hope you're feeling better soon, and breathing easier too.
Love the cowl.

 
At 8:03 pm, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

welcome back! we missed you. sorry to hear you are in pain, but its good you are on the mend to recovery. you are amazing to keep a sense of humour through all this.
hope you get well soon, and better sooner so at least you'll feel like knitting...

 
At 9:56 pm, Blogger String Bean said...

I hope your nose heals up well. Breathe, Rain! Breathe!

"Quick, someone, break my nose!"

I've never seen that yarn knit up, so thanks. I'm not sure I like it as much as I did. Isn't this why we have guinea pigs?

Get well soon!

 
At 11:18 pm, Blogger Pam said...

I am sorry to hear about your nose! I hope you feel better soon!

 
At 1:46 am, Blogger Stefaneener said...

You poor thing. I love the cables! Can't wait to see your new nose, and I'm sorry it's harder than you'd hoped. Good thing you didn't know that before!

 
At 1:50 am, Blogger Areli said...

Ouch! I hope you are feeling better soon. Sounds very miserable.

Pretty yarn though, that's always good, and the cowl turned out loverly.

 
At 11:03 am, Blogger artyfartykat said...

Poor you! Broken toe and nose, that sounds painful!
Love the colour and pattern of the cowl. It really does show the yarn off well.
Hope you feel better soon and I look forward to seeing more of your gorgeous knits!

 
At 11:22 am, Blogger acrylik said...

Lots of healing wishes coming your way, Rain, hope you're feeling much better soon.

I love the Wendy Fusion and the cable pattern you created - that's gorgeous. I have had a fondle of Fusion so I can imagine the texture of the scarf. Looking forward to seeing more when you get the chance.

 
At 11:50 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks folks.

Lol Sue, glad to be of service.

Bezzie, I only had the insides done so I can't imagine how much worse it must be to have the outside appearance messed with too. You'd have to have a screw loose to do this for vanity.

Peg, I'm getting it all out of the way together. I'm not sure about a red hat society, but there are certainly a lot of elderly nutters wandering about.

 
At 1:37 pm, Blogger Seahorse said...

Glad things are on the mend!

I love the cowl. It's great to see how Juniper Berries looks knitted up - I'd been wondering about it for a project myself and I think it would be just right!

Claire

 
At 3:40 pm, Blogger knitfriendly said...

I hope that you feel better soon! The cowl looks great! I like how there are no purl breaks - I will have to try that...

 
At 5:26 pm, Blogger Bad Amy said...

I hope your schnoz is healing well! Owie!

The cowl is really pretty too. Your mom should be pleased.

 
At 5:52 pm, Anonymous kimberly said...

Don't you worry about catching up on anything but that nose of yours. That's the most important thing. I hope you feel better soon.
Oh and I adore that scarf and the colors. Sooo pretty. I also really like those cables. Wonderful. Now get back in bed and stop reading emails!!!

 
At 6:47 pm, Anonymous angie cox said...

Knit2Tog have Fushion and their service is great . I hope you heal quickly.

 
At 7:47 pm, Blogger Piglottie said...

I hope all mends soon and you feel better. Love the scarf!

 
At 8:30 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

Hope the new nose gets better soon! My cousin did that last year and it was quite painful!

 
At 9:04 pm, Blogger Ling said...

Hope you feel better soon. The cowl looks great - lovely colours.

 
At 11:06 pm, Blogger Diane said...

Very nice Rain...lovely cowl and the colour looks very bright,crisp and cheerful.....I hope your nose gets well soon....my eldest son broke his when he was 10...he ran up some stone steps at school and tripped.....OUCH....He had an op on it a week later after the swelling had gone down a bit to realign it all inside...it's almost 9 years later and he has no problems...fingers crossed.I really hope yours is a good as new too..

 
At 12:33 am, Blogger The Fluffy Ewe said...

Oh I can imagine that your nose would hurt. I dang near cry like a lil school girl when I'm lightly hit in the nose, can't imagine an actual break. I hope this fixes your breathing problems. You gonna post before and after pics? ;)

Loving that pink and purple colorway!

 
At 1:03 am, Blogger KnitPastis said...

Oh boy do I know how you feel:) I bet you feel like you were hit in the head with a sledge hammer, headache from hell to say the least. Fourteen years ago, I had nose surgery too. I had an accident with a 44 Magnum Smith and Wesson while target practicing out in the woods. The darn gun went off just as I grabbed it (hairy trigger they said). Not fun but at least the big bump on my nose is sorta not so big:) Feel better soon and you are going to love the new nose!

 
At 2:35 am, Blogger Charity said...

Oh, Rain! I've just read about your surgery - I hope your recovery is swift and restful!

Love the finished cowl, that yarn looks really soft. :0)

 
At 5:19 pm, Blogger Zonda said...

Oh! Wow, I know that hurt a lot! Hope it's healing well and soon you may be smelling things..well that you never wanted to LOL!

The cowl is lovely! Nice work! Take care!

 
At 6:38 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Hope you're all mended soon. The scarf in the cinnamon Wendy Fusion sounds great!

 
At 1:29 am, Blogger Llamabean125 said...

Hope you are healing quickly and feeling good soon!
I love your cables!

 
At 5:19 pm, Blogger DomesticOverlord said...

Finally! Blogger wouldn't let me comment for the LONGEST time.

Congrats on the new nose, I hope it works better than the old one! Recouperate as quickly as you can, or else. I mean, uh, I hope you feel better soon. Yeah, that's it...

 
At 6:26 pm, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

holy cats! I DO hope your nose and toe are feeling better already.

and thank you for remembering my birthday. it was an awful work day, so your email meant a ton!

 
At 7:13 pm, Blogger modelwidow said...

Very best wishes for a speedy recovery, Rain.

I agree about Fusion, it is lovely - I made `Fetching` for DD in the same colour way, nice to see how it comes out in a bigger piece - would never have thought of cables without purl between, it looks really good.

 
At 9:45 pm, Blogger Daisy said...

Hope it all feels better soon! I love the Fusion yarn, I was admiring that colourway in Boyes the other day!

 
At 10:21 pm, Blogger Heather said...

Goodness gracious me! Poor little nose and poor even littler toe! I feel so bad for you and wish you a very speedy recovery.
Isn't it crap when you are so poorly that you can't even knit!!!!!!!!!!!
On the upside...I love the fact that your Mum wanted you to knit something and didn't care what it looked like?
How far would she have gone, you know, craziness-wize? Elephants and pixies dancing around her neck?
OK, time for more pain medication, I think ;o)

 
At 1:39 pm, Blogger mf said...

OH dear! I hope you feel better soon! My nose was broken too abotu 18 years ago or and I havent' been able to breathe either, had sinus surgery in Aug to clear things out they didn't finifh and their finishing my broken nose part in 11 days! I hope it's not as painful as it sounds! Please... Let me know how your doing and what I can expect
take care!

 
At 9:27 pm, Anonymous Rachel said...

Congratulations on your...new? reconstructed? reimagined? nose! I hope it performs its duties flawlessly.

Lovely scarf/cowl for your mom! It looks very cozy.

 
At 1:34 am, Blogger Batty said...

Hope you feel better soon! I, too, was dropped on my head when I was little -- I went down a water slide head first, the other kid didn't jump aside fast enough, I ended up with a fractured skull. Weird people act alike : )

I don't know what you're talking about, I love, love, love the yarn you've used, and I love the result. Purples, preeeetty!

 
At 10:30 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Oh, I wish you a very speedy recovery. Once it's healed, I'm sure you'll love your new nose :)

I love the Fusion knitted up, actually. The colors are lovely.

 
At 8:55 am, Blogger nanatoo said...

Glad your nose is sorted (I'm a bit late here!!) and that cowl is beautiful, what tempting yarn. I love the colourway and you've made a perfect pattern for it.

 
At 1:59 am, Anonymous Annarella said...

Ouch... that sounded painful... hugs + kisses to you.

Wendy Fusion is brilliant, I fell in love with the same colourway too, and made a mittens/hat set for a friend for Xmas, it was a pleasure knitting with it.

Your cowl looks fab, I love the stitch pattern you've used, I don't think I've seen alternate cables before, looks very classy and sophisticated.

 

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