I was talking to a friend about my surgery and got to thinking about how knitting is such a constant part of my life. She wanted to know if I had brought knitting along with me to the doctor's appointment and the subsequent trip to the hospital. I chuckled and commented how the doctors could have saved themselves a lot of trouble running tests because I WAS NOT KNITTING. Anytime a knitter isn't knitting, given such an opportunity of sitting around, you can safely assume something is really wrong. I think Bob has learned that lesson because he was clearly happy to see me knitting more and more this last week as I began to feel better. More telling than taking my temperature.
On the other hand, knitting has served me well in cases of being the non-patient. A few years ago, Bob went through a time of surgery and recovery. First, open heart surgery and then a complicated gall bladder removal. Tense hours passed with the soothing, familiar rythmn of clicking needles. Elizabeth Zimmerman's quote "Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises." is so frightening simple, inspirational and true.
Sometimes I forget how much of my life is knit into my projects. The everyday peace and the occasional crises. It feels good to be back to "everyday" knitting. Tonight I will be casting on the fourth of the seven kimono jackets. I've pretty much decided to i-cord around the edge leaving an opening for a button. I'll go down a couple of needle sizes from what I used on the body for a nice tight corded edge. I'll take photos tomorrow.