Saturday, April 18, 2009

I have been grasping for something to post since it's not very exciting here at home. I've watched a lot of DVDs and Foxtel. I am in love with Clive Owen. I am reading Sherri Tepper's The Companions which, as all of her books are, is wonderful even if some of the main characters are dogs. I have almost finished my latest BBBB which is House of Rain by Craig Childs. This is an exceedingly readable description, told in the first person, about "what happened to the Anasazi." I put that in quotes because the book describes where they went and why. He literally walked hundreds of miles across the American Southwest and then northern Mexico following their tracks, some of which had been documented and some that had not. He describes in beautifully written prose what daily life was like between 400 and 1400 A.D. in these areas and his affinity with deserts and knowledge of the interconnection of water and people makes this book a 5 star. I may go back and read his other books. The Southwest is one place I've never been but would like to see.

The photo above is the only recent fibre I can show you. The three white skeins are my production of alpaca from the spinning I was doing pre-surgery. I washed them yesterday and I found it interesting that wet alpaca smells like wet hair: like a beauty salon after several shampoos, and not like wet wool. I am thinking of dyeing one skein red and knitting a Swans scarf out of it. The weaving is a dish towel from Laura Fry. Not that I would ever use it as a dish towel, but I admire her weaving and her knowledge which she freely shares with even novices like me. The towel is a twill in cotton and linen and is what I wish I could weave some day.

Post-surgery update: I am doing very well on the knee rehab. Walked yesterday again and want to make it 2 houses down where there is a footpath (sidewalk) to the next street over. My street has no footpaths and walking in the street or gutter can be a bit nervewracking with cars whizzing by and broken pavement. My back has been killing me but I think it's a result of unusual sleeping positions and soon I will clear out the bed of extra padding and go back to normal. Having one weak knee and a sore back makes moving around the house a bit challenging at times but I am managing.


Jan said...

I love alpaca and have used it quite a bit. Just wish it had clearer stitch definition on fancy stitches.

Good to hear about your surgery and recovery. DIL's mother had both knees done at once as each was too bad to support the other if only one at a time was done. She did a lot of hydrotherapy afterwards and also spent months beforehand doing specific stuff. I remember you said you could not do that, for a variety of reasons.

Operation was some years ago now, and she said it was the best thing she ever did. She's recovered well, lost more weight and does a lot of walking. Hope your recovery goes equally well, although you have other obstacles to overcome too.

Delaney's Duds said...

good to hear that you are doing well after surgery.
You posted about recycling your dead computers... There are computer recycling centers that take what they can reuse. I don't have a specific address, but I am sure if you look it up on the internet, you can find one in your area. (if they are apples or Ipods, apple takes them back and gives you a 10 percent discount on purchases the same day.)