Three Bags Full

The unravelings of the mind of a G*R*I*T*S (Girl Raised In The South) who knits.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

February Knitting

February began with an abnormal mammogram. Not mine, because despite the fact I'm thirty-thirteen, I haven't had one yet---Don't fret though, it's scheduled for March 21. It was my mother. And after a small and large needle biopsy, it was determined that it was breast cancer. She was given the choice of a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. She chose the latter.

I went down the 18th of February. We drove to Jax on President's Day and checked in to the Wyndham on the St. John's River. We had a fabulous dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House, and went back to the room to get to bed early for our hosiptal stay.

We were at Pre-Op at 8:15, and I began to knit fish. We were put in a holding room, and I knit fish. My brother came, and I knit fish. My cousins came, and I knit fish. We waited, and I knit fish. Mamma was finally taken into surgery at 2:30, and still, I knit fish. Her surgery went well, and only took an hour. The tumor was very small, and contained, and her lumph nodes were clear. She'll see an oncologist later this month, but we don't anticipate any chemo or radiation. Prayers really do work.

Mamma was able to go home on Wednesday afternoon. I headed to Fuzzy Mabel on Thursday morning to get some yarn to knit her a Tit Bit. I brought home 3 different silks, and a bamboo. She picked the bamboo. I finished it Thursday night, and she wore it on Friday. I'd love to show a picture, but I don't want my mother flashing her "knitty" (as she calls it!) Wouldn't that be a bit pornographic?

I went back to Fuzzy Mabel on Friday. Cynthia is relocating to Lancaster, SC, and was having a big sale. I went in to get Mamma some needles for a prayer shawl she's knitting (2 days after a mastectomy), and as I'm checking out, I spy this:
It is IsleDyllic Dream handpainted sock yarn in Low Country Boil. I met the artist in the shop, and just had to bring it back to Atlanta. It really looks like home to me.
I finally started a pair of socks with my Low Country Boil last week. They are the Summer Solstice Socks from The Sock Calendar.
The leg is a Double Eyelet Rib. I love the way it is working up. I'm using DPNs after a long hiatus from them, and am really enjoying using them again. I'm planning on wearing these, so no SSS this go-round. I'm off to knit!


  • At 11:59 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    Okay so what are the fish for? I must have missed the reasoning. Love the socks by the way.

  • At 7:11 AM, Blogger Susan said…

    Sarah--There is a tesellating fish afghan out there in blogland. The fish are just easy hospital knitting. My mom had a heart attack last May, and I knit a lot of fish then, too. I kinda like those socks, too. I just get disenchanted after I finish one!


  • At 10:44 AM, Blogger ericah64 said…

    So glad your mom's surgery went well. Glad you had your knitting to help you while you were hanging out at the hospital.

  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger brandilion said…

    I love the fish! Where do you get the pattern? They look like you could fit them together to make almost anything you want... scarves, blankets whatever.

    Your mom is in my thoughts.

  • At 3:38 PM, Blogger kat said…

    glad to hear your mom is doing well. its amazing what knitting can help us get through!

  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    Here is a link to a pattern:

    This has been changed from the pattern I used, which was a blog called Broken Arrows.


  • At 6:56 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    I found the other blog with the pattern I used!



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