My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Yup, I’m Alive

First of all, thank you so much for all your good wishes. I really appreciate them! The KOARC (who has taken extremely good care of me) read all the blog comments and emails to me until I was able to sit a bit more comfortably at the computer and read ’em myself.

So . . . it’s Thursday already, huh? It’s been a strange week.

I was here at 6:00 Monday morning:



The KOARC thoughtfully took some photos, in case I wanted them for blog fodder. I don’t have much else to talk about, so today this is a medical blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s the back of my head in pre-op.

Wendy in Pre-Op

Wendy in Pre-Op

Exciting, no?

It was all over and I was back home before 11:00 a.m. It’s kind of surreal that you can have surgery, complete with general anesthesia, and be discharged the same day but I’m glad they do it that way — I’d much rather recover at home than in a hospital.

I was very impressed with the facility — Reston Surgery Center. All the people I came in contact with there were extraordinarily kind and efficient.

And I am cautiously optimistic about the outcome of this surgery — I do think it will fix my back issues.

My mom and dad came over that afternoon and my mom brought food to stock my fridge so we wouldn’t have to worry about preparing meals.

Here’s Lucy, happily ensconced in my dad’s lap.

Lucy 101807

Lucy 101807

And I’ve done a bit of knitting.

Sock 101807

Sock 101807

The yarn is Fiesta Baby Boom in the “Dreamsicle” colorway, purchased at The Loopy Ewe. The pattern is a re-do of the Lacy Rib pattern I worked up during the Summer of Socks. I adjusted it slightly because I wasn’t completely happy with it. Now I am. Completely happy with it.

Okay, I think that’s all for now. I can only stay at the computer for short periods, so it’s time for me to quit. But first take a look at this:

Card 101807

Card 101807


Card 101807a

Card 101807a

That’s a card I got yesterday from Reston Surgery Center signed by all the people I came in contact with there on Monday. Pretty nice, huh?

And just because it’s so darn cute, a card L-B sent with a “care package” for me.

Card from L-B 101807

Card from L-B 101807


And thanks again for the comments, emails and cards I’ve received. I really appreciate them all.

Lucy sez:

Lucy 101807a

Lucy 101807a

Being a nurse is hard work!


  1. That’s the best news – that you’re up and knitting and feeling optimistic about the results. Yay, you!

  2. Debra in NC says:

    Wow, good to see you’re up for a little bit today! Hoping that this is the cure for your back, so take good care of yourself. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery. And Lucy, I’m sure you’re doing a wonderful job watching over your Momma!

  3. What an excellent Thursday surprise to have this blog post from you! So very glad you’re feeling better and optimistic and well-cared for. Have an excellent evening!

  4. It’s nuts how you can go home after general and surgery, isn’t it?!? But it is admittedly nice to be able to get better in familiar surroundings.

  5. Marianne Y says:

    It’s great to have you back, for little bits at a time! We missed you! I hope you are feeling ok, and that you get better and better every day that passes. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Take care to follow your doctor’s orders, and don’t do too much too fast. I’m glad that you are able to knit some now, too.

  6. Wonderful news that you are up and knitting! Your hospital sounds like a very caring one.I missed you!

  7. PICAdrienne says:

    I am so glad you are feeling up to blogging (quite) a little bit today. Out of the hospital in under six hours? That is truly amazing. You had to have had a great anesthesiologist for that to happen.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers for a swift recovery.

    Lucy, continue taking good care of Momma.

  8. I hope this surgery does the job. How nice to get a card from the hospital and staff!

    L-B’s card is awesome and I’m quite sure Lucy is the best kind of nurse.

  9. Glad you hear your one the mend and able to knit!
    Hope your feeling 100% soon.

  10. Great to read your blog entry! I’m sure you’ll keep us updated on your recovery, and I’ll keep you in my thoughts. It’s not as tho I know you in real life, but I do read your blog everyday. I hope that your recovery will go smoothly and be as painfree and successful as possible. And also that you’ll soon be able to pick up your needles. Take care.

  11. i hope you are up and feeling spry very soon. Best wishes to you!

  12. Welcome back Wendy. I’m so pleased that everything went well.

  13. Hey, it’s good to have you back! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’ll be feeling completely better soon.

  14. Take it easy and don’t do too much. Lay back on the lounge and eat bonbons and knit and snuggle with Lucy. And the KOARC can rub your tootsies.

  15. I’m glad to hear that you’re optimistic about how the surgery went. There’s little worse tan going through all that and not even being confident that it’ll help. Still sending good vibes your way for a speedy and easy recovery!

  16. So glad to hear your optimism and that the surgery went as planned — quick recovery wishes!

  17. So glad you are feeling better. Take your time and get lots of rest. Let Lucy do her job and take care. Just wanted to let you know that just about the time you were having your surgery, a very skinny little kitten was thrown into a ditch near where I work. A co worker rescued him and to make a long story short, I am now the proud owner of a 6 month old orange tabby that looks more like a rabbit with a powder puff tail. It only took 500.00 (holy cow) to make him better and an appropriate play mate for my other rescue Simba the almost poisoned with antifreeze persian. Life has strange twists and turns and good always follows. Continue to recover and knit and know that a little orange cat now also enjoys good health and good family. Pat

  18. Glad to hear you’re doing better. Lucy really needs to have you around. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Being under a local, did they let you take your knitting in with you? I’m sure you’d have done a full pair of cabled socks in that amount of time.

  19. I’m so glad to hear that everything went so smoothly, and Lucy is taking such good care of you. The picture of her sitting in your Dad’s lap is the cutest thing!

    I hope your recovery is quick and you are feeling great and without any back pain ASAP. It’s wonderful to see recovery knitting, and so beautiful as well.

  20. so,SO glad you are up to knitting
    and blogging…
    goodness, you are AMAZING!
    All BLessings for an *issues FIX*
    and speedy recovery
    to you!
    smoochies from the poochies, too!

  21. Helene Wood says:

    I’m so glad that you are getting better and able to spend a little time letting us know. That card from the surgery center is amazing!! I’d certainly give them all my business.

    Keep getting better!!!

  22. It’s so good to hear from you. I was just wondering how you were doing and was going to leave a comment on the older post just so you’d know I was thinking about you, but this was even better. So glad you’re doing okay!

  23. So glad to hear that you are recovering. And that you have such a helpful and dedicated nurse by your side!

  24. Glad to see that you are up a bit and are feeling so optimistic. Continued good vibes for your recovery!!!

  25. Wonderful to hear from you. Its hard to keep a good gal down. Don’t overdo it though. You may never get this much “nursing” again!


  26. So glad you are feeling a little better, Wendy. Knitting will be good therapy for you!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. I was hoping you would post to your blog soon. Not that I selfishly need the Wendy-blog fix (although that’s nice too ) but I felt if you post an entry you must be feeling better. I’m glad to hear that you are on the mend and that you are optimistic that you are ‘new and improved’ in the back area.

  28. It all sounds good Wendy! Love that Lucy!

  29. Glad to see the surgery didn’t affect your knitting mojo!
    Hope it is truly a sucess. Amazing what they can do these days.
    Take it easy.

  30. I’ve been thinking of you Wendy, and am glad you’re on the mend. I’m especially glad that you had a good hospital experience. Hope you make the most of the recovery period!

  31. Here’s to a speedy recovery, wonderful that you are already feeling positive about the whole thing! I have no doubt that soon you will be sounding like your perky self, complete with self-deprecating humor (okay, you still do that well), and wittier than ever!

    Until then may the KOARC and Lucy continue to spoil you silly!

  32. Hope you are feeling 100% very soon!!!! Will this sock pattern be available for sale also? It is awesome and would be great for a little girls sock.

  33. I’m a regular reader but almost entirely a lurker – just wanted to wish you well, Wendy. Hope that you recover quickly from this surgery and that it does all it was intended to do! I’ve had a few “back issues” of my own this year, so I sure sympathize.

    And, oh yeah, your socks are so beautiful. How am I going to decide which patterns to get first???

  34. I’m totally gobsmacked to see a post from you! I was hoping “maybe” for an update from the KOARC.
    I’m guessing you wouldn’t mention being optimistic unless you were REALLY optimistic, so hooray! Glad to have you back, even for tiny bits.

  35. Hey, nice poo-free hair in that preop shot there!! I’m sure the nurses and doctors admired it too….
    I echo others in that I’m so glad you’ve posted, because it means you’re feeling slightly human again and are not having so much pain that you’re in a total narcotic stupor (presumably). Bet Lucy’s glad her Momma’s home all the time and not going off to work. Hope you continue to improve by leaps and bounds, and that you’ll be leaping and bounding yourself in the not-so-distant future.
    You have some great nurses there, and tons of good wishes coming at you through the ether, so that can only help!

  36. Isn;t is nice when Moms (and Dads) show up to make sure you have enough to eat, and stock the fridge when they know that youcan’t? and Hurray for Reston’smedical staff — a recommendation from WendyKnits goes a long way. How sweet of them to have sent a card. I am very impressed.

    I hope your marathon training doesn’t interfere with your sock knitting or blog updates, but (ahem) good luck with training!

  37. You “sound” good! Yay!! Oh yeah, the two nights I spent in the hospital were MISERABLE. Blech. I’m glad you have such a wonderful support system on hand.

  38. I’m glad you’re home and feeling better. It’s always better to be home when you’re feeling crummy or recovering from same.

  39. Glad to see you back.

  40. If you are knitting again, all must be well and on the mend. Good news all around!

  41. Sooo glad to see you’re feeling well enough to be back at the computer, even for a short time. And that you’re knitting – those socks look really cool! Awwwwww for sure on LB’s card. And nurse Lucy! Take care and be good to yourself.

  42. So glad to hear that you’ve come through all right and are nice and cozy at home for your recovery. Enjoy the knitting time!

  43. Great to see/hear you are recovering well and still working on socks. They are such fun.

  44. I spy Clara’s Knitters Book of Yarn on your table!!!! (I hope mine comes soon)
    You have excellent recovery reading material!

  45. I’m so happy to see that you are knitting a sock, that tells me that all is right in your world. I wish you a prompt and speedy recovery and a peaceful, relaxing weekend.

  46. Looks like you are in capable hands… ehr paws.

    Take care and feel great soon!

  47. Glad to see you are back in action and are recovering. It’s so scary to go into surgery. I’m sure you are glad to have it behind you. Get well!

  48. Hooray! You’re alive and knitting! SO glad you are being well cared for. Stay in bed with Lucy and get well quick, sweetie!

  49. fibercrone says:

    So glad to hear your recovery is going smoothly.

  50. SO glad you’re starting to feel better. Remember to go slowly and baby yourself for a while.

  51. YEAH! A WENDY post! So cool. I’ve been thinking about you a lot, and sending good vibes and thoughts your way…What a cool thing for a surgical unit to do. I like the idea of a TY note – simple but sweet.
    Take good are of your mommie, Lucy, I know you’re trying hard!

  52. thischickieknits says:

    Yay, Wendy! Glad to hear you’re feeling a little better, I really hope the surgery is the cure.

    Never underestimate the power of a warm cat in times of need : )

  53. A bowl of yarn, a knitting magazine and book and Lucy – looks like you have everything covered for a full recovery. Take care.

  54. im glad that you are ok
    please take care and get well soon


  55. Glad you’re back. Take care of yourself and take it easy. We’ll be here when you get back to 100%.

  56. So glad you’re feeling up to blogging and knitting! ๐Ÿ™‚ Get some rest! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. How wonderful that you’re feeling good and optimistic about the results of the surgery. My Physical Therapist told me that it’s just when people are feeling much better that they often get a little too frisky and end up back in to see him. So take it slowly and carefully. Watch Lucy, she knows how to take it easy.

  58. Awww, so glad to see you’re being so well cared for ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you a fast recovery and comfort.

  59. I hope you totally enjoy your recuperative stint… all those loved ones waiting on you hand and foot… and the pain meds! And the knitting and kitty. And of course, later, when they’re all over that, I hope you feel fabulous… better than you ever could remember. (Thanks to KOARC for the photos. Illustrations just help SO much.)

  60. I applaude your ‘knit on’ approach to recovery and I hope you are well and free of back pain. Lucy and KOARC sound like stellar companions while you’re getting there….

  61. WOW!!!! I am really impressed with the place you had surgery!! What a pleasant change from the norm to receive a thank you from a medical facility for allowing them to treat you!!! I think you were in good hands for the surgery! And great hands and paws at home!!!
    Just please remember that when you feel better you are still healing and not to push too fast to get back in the main stream. I was so happy to see your blog today!! I have to ask did you have to have any hardware?A prayer and a hug sent to you!!

  62. Glad to hear that you’re on the road to recovery! I hope that each day finds you feeling better and better.

  63. Hi Wendy:

    Gracie and I have been waiting to see you blog again. We are so happy that you are recovering so nicely. You will get to knit bunches of socks while you recover. Can’t wait to see them. Glad you are doing so well!

  64. Keep on healin’, Wendy! Nice to hear from you. May you have a smooth and speedy recovery. ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. so happy to see your post! take care and get better soon! looks like you’re in good hands….

  66. So glad you’re recovering well. Three cheers for Lucy and KOARC for taking good care of you. Keep following orders so you can get back to full strength on schedule!

  67. So glad that you are up and going already. Remember to relax and rest.

  68. Take it easy and remember that knitting has magical healing powers.

  69. Glad your recovery is already progressing so well. Hope everything continues to improve and heal nicely, and that this takes care of your back troubles. I truly empathize with back problems. It looks like you picked great colors to knit and recuperate.

  70. how wonderful that you are healing at home. that is the best news ever.
    I will hold the picture that you are totally healed from this surgery! it’s a 100% success.
    be careful not to overdo (trust me, I know from which I speak)
    many gentle hugs and fibery well-wishes to you.
    I prescribe lots of cuddles with Lucy, very little else aside from naps and a tiny bit of knitting now and then (and of course co-mingled with liberal doses of chocolate )

  71. Nice to hear from you Wendy! I’m glad everything went well and you’re on the mend!

    Love that sock, too…LOVE it!

  72. Get well soon!!!

  73. So glad to hear everything went well!!

  74. Feel better soon, Wendy, good to have you back!

  75. Kitty paws are clapping because we’re all so glad everything went well! Looks like you have dedicated staff at home waiting on you hand and paw…

  76. All the best, look after yourself!

  77. So glad you are on the mend! And very happy that you felt up to give us a post and let us know how you are doing. Knitting too… all good news to round up the week.
    Reston? Lived there when the only real medical facility was an emergency clinic…and we were glad we had that, lol. Going to have to google map the area and see how it changed.
    Aren’t family, friends and kitties a real blessing when you are really slowed down? BTW, Oscar is drooling over the Lucy on the Lap pic. I keep telling him that he needs to snap out of it and move on…that Lucy would not accept any Bubba Kitty and that he is just to “earthy” for her tastes.

  78. Hope that you have a soft, comfortable place to heal, a sweet kitty to be your encouragement, and a soft touch from KOARC when you want it.

  79. Theresa in Italy says:

    Wow, a blog post already! Good sign. You just rest and get stronger. So glad to know that the KOARC and Lucy are taking good care of you.

  80. It’s great to see a post from you so soon–and socks! So glad you’re on the mend.

  81. i’ve heard that they’ve done studies that prove that you recover better at home. and insurance likes it much better, as well.

    my husband had a cancerous mole and 2 cebacious cysts removed from his face last summer, and he had to be there by 6, and was home by 10. amazing, isn’t it?

  82. So glad to see you are on the mend, and knitting – take good care of yourself!

  83. Glad to hear you are doing so well! I’m sending healing vibes your way. Take it easy, and let yourself heal!

  84. Although I have no evidence ๐Ÿ™‚ You have been on my mind all week. I’m glad to hear that all went well. Here’s to healing. Fast.
    Take care and let that wonderful KORC take good care of you. And perhaps give up his remote for a couple of minutes. After all, surgery makes you the QUEEN.

  85. so glad it went well. I really hope this works and you are back in tip top shape!!!

  86. Hope you are back on your feet again soon and feeling much much better. Yay! For day surgery. Nothing like being able to go home and have “nurse kitty” therapy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  87. Woohoooo! Wendy’s back! I’m so happy the surgery went well and that you’re already feeling up to knitting.

  88. So very glad to hear you are doing well and that your prognosis is a good one!! I can’t tell you how impressed I am by the card from the medical staff. That is just so unusual these days. Rest up, knit up and be well Wendy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. Yeah!!!! So happy you are starting to get up and around. I hope your recovery is a speedy one! I’ve missed your blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care – – and smooches to that oh so lovely nurse you have!! Aren’t you lucky.


  90. Wow! I’ve been away for a while and didn’t realise that you had just had surgery until now. I’m glad that it went well and wish you a very speedy recovery! I totally agree with you that recovering at home is so much better, especially as hospitals don’t have nurses like Lucy.

    I love the card from L-B. And the thank you from the surgery center is pretty impressive because it was personally signed by all those people.

  91. Yeah! Glad to see/hear you’re doing well. and many thanks to KOARC and Lucy and everyone else for taking good care of you.

    Good to see the Lucy pics- was going through minor withdrawl!

  92. Thank goodness for modern medical procedures, huh? Hope your back issues are now a thing of the past and you get better and better every day. Having back pain is no fun.

    You tell Lucy to take care of you. We know the KOARC will ๐Ÿ˜‰

  93. Yay for recovery! I hope you will be back up and around quickly and better than ever.

    Love the new rendition of the Lacy Rib pattern.

  94. Welcome back! We all missed you (and lucy of course). You’re knitting socks, that is an excellent sign, one you should report immediately to your doctor ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. I’m so glad you did fine. I hope you have a swift and complete recovery. Regards to Lucy RCN (Registered Cat Nurse)

  96. Welcome back! I hope your recovery is quick and that the surgery fixes all your back issues. Lucy makes a great nurse!

  97. I’m glad to hear you are well on your way to recovery. I do hope that the surgery fixed your back problems. Take care of yourself…although it seems that the KOARC and Lucy are doing a magnificent job.

  98. Yippy Skippy, glad you are on the mend. Your daily musings are such a blessing to so many people. You have a gift for giving useful information in an entertaining way — you are an artist — with yarn and with words.

  99. So, so glad you’re feeling well enough to sit for a while! I can’t believe the KOARC actually took pictures IN the hospital , you two are so funny!

    I tell you, if I ever decide to go the surgery route, I want to go to YOUR hospital! A freeking THANK YOU CARD??? That is awesome!

    Hope you continue to improve each day ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I am so happy to see this blog entry (for one thing, you’ve been sorely missed!), but most of all because it means you’re doing better. The KOARC and Lucy are obviously taking excellent care of you!

    Beautiful new socks in one of my favorite colorways.

    Take good care, Wendy–I’m sending you warm thoughts and my very best wishes.