Saturday, December 12, 2009

OK Here's What Happened

Wednesday night after taking someone home from scripture study, I was involved in an automobile accident. I had noticed on the way into the development that some crossroads had stop signs and about every other one did not. So as I was going back out, I was very carefully stopping where I had stop signs and watching for cars at the intersections that did not.
My last memory before the collision is of seeing the last stop sign before the main road where I would turn left. I have NO DOUBT that I stopped, looked both ways, and proceeded carefully into the intersection. However, my next memory is of my car stopping forward motion, a very cold breeze coming in through where there was no longer a driver side window, a major pain in my head and realizing that I had been hit. I turned off the key and picked a piece of glass out of the edge of the door. Some people came up and asked me if I was OK and told me that someone was calling 911. There was a big pointed lump on the back of my head and my glasses were missing. My door would not come open and I just decided to sit still for a while.
I didn't have the cell phone but someone offered me theirs but since I couldn't see, they dialed for me. Lynn wasn't home yet from his bishopric meeting and I didn't know any other phone numbers.
Shortly, someone came bringing me my glasses which had been found in the street by the other driver. He picked them up thinking they were his, then found his in his pocket(He evidently hadn't been wearing them) He came by to check out if I were OK and say how sorry he was.
In a very short time there was a fire engine, several police cars and an ambulance all with lights flashing.
I managed to get up over the console and get out the passenger door. By then, the firemen wanted to check me out and the police were asking questions. I couldn't count the number of times I was asked what day it was, my name, address, and phone # and who is the president. After a while, I just told them, it was some dummy.

At first I refused to go to the hospital because I just had a bump on my head.
I asked the police to try to get in touch with Deputy Rector either through the sheriff's office or at home.

The other driver went off in the ambulance but they called another and the policeman that seemed to be in charge said that if I didn't go voluntarily, he would take it out of my hands and order it. (Can they do that?)
They had finally reached Nathan and told him to meet us at the ER. Actually, we were just a short distance from his house and he showed up at the scene when I was in the ambulance.

The step up into the ambulance is WAY high. I'm glad I wasn't hurt any more than I was; I could never have gotten up those steps. They strapped me onto the gurney with 2-3 straps and put me on oxygen (totally unneeded). I don't know who makes the ambulances they use here but I would like to give them a hint.....SUSPENSION. All the streets we would have used are very nicely paved but I felt like I was riding in a jeep going cross country.
They wanted to take my blood sugar and when I said that the ER would just do it again, they said "But they will ask us why we didn't do it" So I let them. (NOTE TO SELF- if it ever happens again just say, "tell them I refused".)

Lynn and Nathan were at the ER and they went with me through to "Fast Track" so that I could be seen quicker. Nathan knew the doctor; he'd gone to school with him. Can we say Doogie Howser? He poked and prodded but surprisingly didn't check my eyes for pupil dilation. Hello, I had a head injury. The pointed bump on the back of my head had receded and was just a rounded lump now. The headache was gone and at first I didn't have any pain anywhere. As I was leaving the hospital though, I began to notice pains in my ribs and right leg. The instructions were to take Tylenol for pain. Did that; later Aleve; later still ibuprofen (drug of choice for muscle pain).

So I get home and tucked into bed (10:30pm) and the cop from the hospital that gave me all the paperwork (neither of us was charged with anything), called because he had failed to get my driver's license number and could I look at it and give it to him!!!!! This couldn't wait until morning????
I slept about an hour that night; between the pain in the ribs on the left and the right leg, I just couldn't get comfortable.

The next day was filled with calls from the insurance companies and the place that had hauled the car away. Going up and down the stairs was painful so Lynn pretty much took over meal prep and household stuff. I was kind of nauseated anyway but finally got some sleep.

It's Friday now and still haven't heard from State Farm but Lynn says the car is not likely to come back up our driveway again. OK by me. I'm not sure I ever want to drive again. I'm not sure I even want to ride in a car again.

It just occurred to me today that a few nanoseconds difference and this could have been tragic. Another note --- I had been cursing the memory loss (wondering if the head injury caused it). But now I'm not so sure that it's a bad thing. It could be one of those "tender mercies". If I remembered what happened, seeing the oncoming car and the impact, I would have that memory and fear for the rest of my life. As it is, I can just be blessedly ignorant.

The leg still hurts some and I have red marks on my neck and bruising clear across my chest from the seat belt. The left side of my neck is painful to the touch; I must have really wrenched it. Hopefully, better tomorrow.

So that's it. Insurance company is blaming me because I had the stop sign and I can't prove that I stopped and that he was coming like a bat out of ..... around the bend when he hit me. First accident in almost 40 years but what do you want to bet they raise our rates.

Lynn went over to the lot to get stuff out of the car and took some pictures of our car. The other car was there too so he got pix of it too. Both old cars.. ours a 94 Camry and his a 95 Buick. BTW the other driver wasn't hurt much either. His car looks more messed up than ours. His airbag deployed. He told the police he was only going 30 MPH. You be the judge.

Friday, August 07, 2009



Designed by Evelyn Rector




This sock is the brain-child of a grandmother for her two oldest granddaughters, Olivia and Anna, who came to visit for a “knitting camp”.  The design was made with only graph paper, a pen, and a few years of sock knitting experience.  If it resembles the work of another designer, it is only by accident, not intentionally.

It’s a simple slightly lacy sock made for a girl who wears a size 1 shoe.   Changes in yarn and needles could result in a range of sizes.


Foot circumference : 7 ½ inches

Leg length: 5 ½ inches    Heel flap: 2 inches

Heel to toe: 6 inches       Toe: 1 5/8 inches


Original pattern is done in Bernat Softee Baby with US #2 dpn’s.

It is written for 4 dpn’s but use your favorite method.

You will also need a cable needle (cn) unless you can do a cable without one.


Cast on 48 sts and divide over 3 needles. Join without twisting.




Ribbing is as follows

[(p1,k1) X 3  , p1, k3, (p1, k1) X 3] Repeat around.

Repeat this round 7 more times.




The Olivianna pattern is 8 row of 16 stitches repeated 3 times around the leg.  Repeat as many times as you like for length of leg ending after a row 2.

Rnd 1: P1, K5, P1, a (see explanation below),P1, K5; repeat around

Rnd 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8: P1, K5, P, K3, P, K5; repeat around

Rnd 3 and 7: P1, K2tog, yo, ktbl, yo, ssk, P1, K3, P, K2tog, yo, ktbl, yo, ssk; repeat around


Leg Chart

Heel Flap


Set up row – K12, slip other 4 sts to needle 2. Turn; on needle 1, sl 1, p 22, sl other 3 sts onto needle 2. Needle 2 now holds your 25 instep stitches.  The other 23 sts are the heel.

  1. (Sl 1, k1) across, turn
  2. Sl 1, purl across, turn
  3. S1, k1, (k1, sl 1) across, turn
  4. Sl 1, purl across, turn

Repeat these 4 rows for depth of heel flap, about 2 inches.


Heel Turn

Row 1  Sl1, K 13, ssk, K1, turn

Row 2   Sl1, P 6,  p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 3  Sl1, knit to last st before gap, ssk, K1, turn.

Row 4 Sl1, purl to last st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all stitches are used. 15 sts remain.





Knit across. With new needle pick up 11 stitches down side of heel flap and one below first st of instep. Knit 3rd row of chart across instep with new needle as directed below and then with new needle pick up a st below last st of instep and then 11 st up the other side of the heel flap.  Knit 7  to center of Needle 1 which is now the beginning of the round. Move remaining 8 sts to next needle and knit to last 3 sts on that needle, k2tog, k1.

Needle 2 – continue to row 4 on instep chart

Needle 3 – K1, ssk, knit across.

Following round knit needles 1 and 3 without decreases, continue in pattern for needle 2.

Stop decreases when there are 12 sts on needle 1 and 11 on needle 2.

Repeat sole stitches and instep stitches until about 1 ½  inches less than desired length ending with a row 2.





The instep maintains the established pattern but adds 4 stitches on either side.

For rounds 1,2,4,5,6, and 8 the beginning stitches are P1, ktbl, K2 at the beginning of the row and reversed at the end of the row  K2, ktbl, P1.

Row 1 also has the cable done on the center 3 stitches.

Rounds 3 and 7 have half a lace pattern on each side

Beginning 4 stitches are P1, ktbl, yo, ssk

Ending stitches are k2tog, yo, ktbl, P1

Don’t forget ----you are starting with round 3 since we left off at round 2 for the heel flap.


Rnd 1: P1, ktbl, K2, P1, K5, P1, a (see explanation on legend of chart below),P1, K5, P1, K2, ktbl, P1; repeat around

Rnd 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8: P1, ktbl, K2, P1, K5, P, K3, P, K5, P1, K2, ktbl, P1; repeat around

Rnd 3 and 7: P1, ktbl, yo, ssk, P1, K2tog, yo, ktbl, yo, ssk, P1, K3, P, K2tog, yo, ktbl, yo, ssk, P1, k2tog, yo, ktbl, P1: repeat around




Instep Chart





Set up round for toe:  knit needle 1; on needle 2 k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1;  knit needle 3.

Rnd 1 Needle 1 – Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

           Needle 2 – K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

            Needle 3 – K1, ssk, knit across

Rnd 2 Knit across all sts

Repeat these 2 rounds until 18 sts remain. With needle 3 knit the 5 needle 1 sts. Graft closed.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Road Trip at Knitting Camp

Tuesday, we hit to road to Catoctin Creek Farm in Jefferson to visit with Jean Galey and her Romney sheep.

She also showed us her garden that included herbs, flowers, and plants for making wool dying colors.

The ewe lambs seemed pretty big for being just 5 months old.

Anna and Olivia tried to get the lambs close enough to touch with some food. The lambs didn't cooperate.

Anna and Olivia got a lesson in carding wool and spinning with a cranky spinner and made some yarn that they got to take home. Nana found a lovey Romney wool/cashmere blend in laceweight that needed to come home with her.

Knitting Camp

First annual Knitting Camp is July 19-24.
Anna and Olivia are the first junior knitters.
Chores such as picking blackberries are part of the camping experience.
Time for leisure in the hammock.

Both girls have mastered casting on and are perfecting the knit stitch.

Monday, May 04, 2009

2009 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Not such a great picture of me but.....
This is Casey who is the co-founder of RAVELRY--only the best thing that happened to knitting since yarn. WOW. A picture and a Ravelry button and a Bob button. Does life get better than this?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Getting Neutered

Last PAP smear, Dr. Mandel, my GYN, decided that I had hyperplasia, my uterus was too thick for someone in menopause; so we did a D&C to see what was there. It showed atypia to the extent that the chances were 40% that it would become cancer. So that pretty much determined that something had to be done.
On Feb. 23 I checked into FMH and had a complete hysterectomy and went home the next day by noon.
All went well or so I thought for the first week. I called in to see what to take for pain after the Percocet was gone and she wanted to check me out. Everything looked good but she put me on Cipro just in case. Two days later I started to run a low grade fever and couldn't control my blood sugar levels. I went to see my primary physician (actually not really her since she was out having a baby- I saw the nurse practitioner. ) My WBC count was over 11 so she sent me back to the GYN. She had me arrange for a CTScan (yummy stuff - apple flavored the night before, berry the day of) and we found that there were pelvic abscesses that oral antibiotics weren't taking care of. So I was put back into the hospital for 4 days of IV antibiotics. On the second day, a consulting physician (Anusha Belani, the local infectious disease guru) decided that I would need to be on IV antibiotics for 2 weeks and that a PICC line was the way to go. Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter. It goes into the flabby part of your inner upper arm and threads around to dump into the superior vena cava. Mine has a double port so there are 2 lovely blue thingies hanging down at about elbow level. I'm sure to start a fashion trend. Another CTScan before leaving the hospital showed some improvement so I got to go home to continue treatment.

A home health nurse came out Monday and showed us how to administer the IV. It's a little complicated but Lynn has done it several times now and already has it down to a science. It takes an hour to run in and is to be done every 6 hours. So at 6am, noon, 6pm, and midnight I sit in my recliner in the guest room and watch TV, read, knit, whatever while getting another dose.
I'm feeling a lot better than a week ago; and better mentally since I am home.
Here are some pictures to show you the beauty of my new embellishments - don't get too envious.
One is the PICC line (don't look if you are squeamish).

The other is me in the hospital. I added this one so you can check out Wanda Womb hanging on the IV pole. Shortly after I found out that I needed a hysterectomy, I came across a pattern for a womb, complete with fallopian tubes, cervix, etc. I knit one and showed it to my GYN and she loved it so much that I let her have it and I made me another.

When Wanda was hanging from the IV pole, the nurses would come in and look at it but I could tell that they just didn't get it so I'd ask them what they thought it was. Most guessed that it a was a girl's head with Pippy-Long-Stocking braids but no face. When I told them that it was my replacement uterus, the light would come on and they would laugh and still think I was a nut case, but then they'd tell me about their aunt/grandmother/friend who knits. While I was in the hospital I finished 5 preemie caps for a Hopkins Kids project. I'm making more of those while I'm doing those 1 hour drip sessions - knitting and watching NCIS/CSI/House/Law and Order any of which can be seen at any given time of the day.

I'm allowed to do anything I feel like doing except that I'm still not supposed to be lifting or doing heavy housework including vacuuming; the home health nurse said for another month.
One thing that is a little annoying (like the rest of this isn't) is that the PICC line site can't get wet. So I have to wrap it up with Saran wrap to shower - weird.
Yesterday we went on an outing to return some library books and get some new ones and go to the grocery store. WooHoo.
I'm hoping today to get my hair cut; it's making me NUTS!!!!

Lisa came over Monday when the HH nurse did her demo to be a backup for Lynn. Elena and Jillian were very interested in the whole set up. I explained to them that I was getting some special medicine to juice up my super powers. They seemed impressed.