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ZassZ wrote
on Oct 21, 2010 3:52 PM

ZassZ:

Zoe:
Hi ZassZ, Can I ask what is wrong with your foot?  I have had foot problems for years.  Had a foot operation so I could walk again.  Now I have to have custom made orthotics.  I also have to have expensive walking shoes.  But those last for about 2-3 years.  At least I can walk!  But a hurt foot affects the entire body!

Good Morning Zoe,

Did the info at the site proivide any useful info for you?  You mention you not able to walk?  What did the operation correct in your foot?  How long did your op take to heal? 

Hi Zoe,

What are you working on today?  Just wondering if you missed this one and how you recuperated from your op? 

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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Zoe wrote
on Oct 21, 2010 6:21 PM

Hi ZassZ,

Sorry about taking so long to answer you.  I had my left heel operated on.  It took 3-5 months for the foot to get to the point where I could walk pain free on it.  I had custom orthotics made and the re-fits took place over the next few years to get both feet into the proper alignment as per normal people.  This also corrected how I walk -- my knees and hips had to be "moved" in order for all joints to be re-aligned.  I was to have both hips and maybe both knees replaced.  That was 17 years ago.  I didn't require the joint replacements because the joints were able to be moved into the right positions.  However, the arthritis is there and some days seem unbearable.  But, I can walk!   Of course all this did not happen overnight and it took years to correct.  I was in a back brace for a few years after injuring my back in one of the "re-alignment" phases.

I have another re-fit on my orthotics this last summer and I am still waiting for the new ones to arrive.  Hold up on the medical coverage end of things.

I don't know if you read my other post to you where I talked about making a crocheted afghan as part of the Christmas garland I am making for the kids (my son and his gf).  I knitted the littlest winter hat ever -- it fits like a thimble on the end of your thumb.  I even made a little tiny pompom for the top of it!  I used 1.5mm needles and #2 yarn.

This knitting stuff is great (even when bodies aren't!)  Zoe Smile

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ZassZ wrote
on Oct 22, 2010 9:55 PM

Hi Zoe,

I know how busy we can get.  So thank you very much.  I really wanted to get feed back from you especially about the time frame of your recuperation.  I realize everyone is different but I didn't really know anyone else who had similar experience.  It has been 3 months + 2 weeks since op.  This past week I have had felt "better" than I have in a long time, so that is good and it seems to me, to be close to the time frame you said for your  improving after your surgery to be pain free.  So gaging from the three month period on then, it should get better for me too, I hope.  I do notice when putting weight on as in standing, the pain is getting less severe at the point of contact.  Yes, I agree the hips, knees, ankles joints all go through a change now that the feet are put in a different dynamic so to speak and that takes a bit of getting used to.  I am used to the hip joints moving thing.  If it sit incorrectly, it doesn't take much for my pelvis to move out of place.  That's because of the twist(s) in my spine.  That sounds terrible, doesn't it?  Wow, if you were maybe going to have both hip replacement and knee replacement done, I cannot even imagine this.  I did see the picture of my spine and knee, foot where the arthritis is and I had no idea either.  I found one chiropractor who happens to be a woman.  Her husband was treating me and found he could not manipulate my spine properly.  So since his wife had been practicising for a considerably longer period of time, he sent me to her.  At the time they were not working in same office.  She was and is the most amazing.  On occasion, when she was ot of town, her partner treated me and he could not do it either.  She just has an understanding that they don't.  She works on my husband's back and he is very tall & muscular.  It is nothng for her to snap him back into place (so to speak) when other men chiro's didn't quite get it right.  She has been such a help at a time in my life when I thought I would not walk again either.  The disc herniation (4 of them at the same time) was at the bottom of all this, but they are pretty much healed now.  But the foot surgery has been the main concern now recently and I am grateful that I seem to be on schedule and normal with other recuperees.  So I do thank you for your feed back.  It may not seem like much, but believe me it means a whole lot.   Let me know how your new orthotics do when they come and I hope it is soon.  I realize they don't last forever, especially if you wear them every day.  Did you have joint problems when you were a little girl? 

Yes, I read over there on the twisted stitch post how you made the tiny little afghan squares and hat with the pom pom even.  How amazing!  It must look so cute. Please check over there for my post to you about them. 

Looking forward to being pain FREE!  Wink

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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Zoe wrote
on Oct 22, 2010 10:17 PM

ZassZ:
Did you have joint problems when you were a little girl? 

 

Hi ZassZ,

Yes to your question.  My feet were turned in and my knees were also turned in.  The docs had suggested to my parents that they put my shoes on the wrong feet so that my toes would eventually point straight out.  My orthopedic specialist said that is where my joint problems originated from.  If I had been in corrective braces and footwear right from the time I started to walk, then my joints and feet would be fine.  It is a little hard to go back in time and make corrections as the body doesn't want to co-operate! hehe  You can't teach an old dog new tricks, and you can't bend the bones where they don't want to bend!

Yah, I know about the chiropractors.  There was one who was able to treat my back to a limited degree about 12 years ago.  I don't have a proper curve in my lower back and he couldn't put one there.  He said that he would not even try as there would be no success with it.  He was able to restore an alignment in another part.  He recommended that I not see another chiropractor again as there could be too much irrepairable damage that could be done.

I know that when my hips were being moved back into place where they should have been all along, there were a few times when my right hip became "locked".  Any leg movement was torture and to try and weight bear on it was screaming agony.  Hubby had to get me to emergency and I was given some injections to kill the pain.  It took a bit for me to get my hip back into place.

I knitted a little 3" sweater and a tiny little scarf too.  Will make some candy cane holders, which are just open-ended i-cords to slip the candy cane into.  I want to knit up a little pair of socks to go on the Christmas garland too.

This is sounding like a medical diary now, thank goodness for knitting!  If you want, click on my profile and under my avatar is "start a conversation".  Click on that and email me.  The Interweave Knits acts like a go between for people who meet on KD and want to correspond directly.

I will talk to you later, Zoe Smile

Party time when its pain free!!   will you join me??

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ZassZ wrote
on Oct 23, 2010 11:12 AM

Hi Zoe, 

I guess now it would be easy for anyone to i.d. either of us in a crowd of one hundred!  Just look for the ladies with the orthotics!  Yeah, I guess we said it all now.  Zip it!  ( I wanted to use that icon for awhile, I think it's so cute- ha ha)  I woke up feeling better again today.  So I can't wait til I can run the two miles instead of just walking them!  Wink   

I'm glad you got to the right place at about.com/knitting finally.  The crossed/twisted stitch article & pics.  I was also looking at the video here that Kathleen put up under date of Oct. 20. 

Say have a great day!

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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yogama wrote
on Oct 25, 2010 9:38 AM

hi zass,

hope you had a wonderful weekend. it was cold in nh - we actually had flurries. brrrr. it was pretty but a little early? back in nj now. stopped at my parents on the way home and picked up the car they have been babysitting. it was a long ride home driving by myself. about 5 hours. it is fun when hubby and i go together as we can share the driving. he does soduko when i drive and i knit when he drive. oh well, it is done and we are back to having all the cars we need.

yes i had trouble at joanne's. the yarn i did buy i decided i do not like and am returning. i'm trying to find army green cami sock yarn for my daughter's bf for christmas. he's in the army reserve. i know i have seen it around and thought it ugly - but that was before i had a need for it. i have time so i will check around. i also stopped at the lys in vt i like. bought some really pretty sock yarn in pinks and greens - and pretty baby yarn in blues and oranges to make a little hat for new baby. i also got myself in a little trouble ordering online. i need more mission falls 1824 yarn to make the cowls to go with the mittens as gifts. well, i ordered that and then went on to order some tencel/marino for a lace neck scarf. i want to try that and see what it is all about. it is so easy to order online ins't it? just browse and click and done. since my order was over $50 i did get free shipping, and i noticed the price of each item went down. i have to remember that - order enough and you get a discount!

i am looking for that neck warmer pattern. i'm sure it was called the tudor ruff. its from knitty.com and a free pattern. problem is my computer is not working and i am on hbuuy's laptop, my favorites do not transfer from one computer to the other, which i find interesting. i do not have a printer attached to mine so cannot print. i save everything i like to my favs, and then print later. kind of a pain, b ut i know how to work this system so it is ok.

we take our little doggies for walks in the woods when in nh. and sometimes here in nj. hubby suggested i knit them bright orane sweaters so they wont get lost - no chance of that. they stick right with us. also, during hunting season you always worry that someone will stray into the park. not a bad idea. i was thinking chunky so it would go quiickly. so many projects and not enough time!!

thanks for the camouflage worsted info! i am looking for sock yarn though. i started the front of the purple knit dress this weekend. the one with the missing ball of yarn. i promised myself i would get organized - as soon as i am done with christmas! haha!

happy knitting,

sharon

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ZassZ wrote
on Oct 25, 2010 11:43 PM

Hi Yogama,

So nice for you to be back home and glad your car is good now.  I mixed up your trip with the one coming later I believe, where you will be taking a train home. 

So your yarn shopping was good!  Sounds like you got some pretty ones and the on line order wasn't so bad really.  You saved on gas ha ha!  Really though, you got discounts applied so that was great.  You know when you go to return at Joann you may see something else if new yarns come in.  I really got a discount on some Lion Brand Vanna's Choice for $2.09 and a pair of Takumi Bamboo circulars for  $4.24.  So I got the three skeins in grey, pink and wine for a hat or a cowl.  It's soft and I am trying this yarn for the first time.   All the sock yarns and baby yarns sounds so cheerful. 

The dog sweaters are a good idea.  Here the coyotes are so hungry they come and grab little dogs right in daylight in front of people - they lost their fear of humans.  Then there's the bears in trees &  people's back yard pools.  You never know what your gonna see!   The fires have taken alot of natural habitat and food sources.   

Now I remember the tudor ruff was the picture with the model in short silvery hair.  You jogged my memory when you mentioned knitty.com so I looked and found it under "Tudora" .  Thank you.   I was not remembering it for some reason.   I found another cowl last week for Linda, and now I can't re-find it.  When I saw it I should have bookmarked it too.  The yarn was mixed with silk and she had mentioned doing them in warm yarns.  It was so pretty in the yarn and I thought since it was mixed with silk, a dressier version and silk can give some warmth mixed with another fiber.  If I come across it, I'll give the link. 

Busy knitting nice and comfy back home!  Talk to you soon. 

 

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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yogama wrote
on Oct 26, 2010 6:52 AM

good morning zass,

thanks for finding that tudora for me! i still cannot get on my computer. i looked it up inder tudor ruff and could not find it for you. i knew i was not crazy! i knew i had it. so that's the mystery solved. it looks fun and easy. the first one i try will be to go with the stiped smittens i made. the smittens have little shisha mirrors embroidered on the outside of the hand. i thought i would find a mirror type button for the ruff to jazz it up a bit. my problem is finding the shisha mirrors locally. noone carries them that i can find. i can order them online so cheaply for 100 for about $5. but what am i going to do with 100? oh i know - start belly dancing and make my own outfit? dream on......

yes you did get my trips mixed up. not hard to do since we chat online. if we talked in person we would know the details better! i'm home with the car and life is back to normal. not that i go someplace every day - we have a home office and i have more yarn than i need! but i was finding it hard to plan grocery shoppng and errrands around school and work schedules for daughter and hubby. speaking of driving - will you be allowed to drive again soon? maybe your foot is too painful still? but at least you are gettng your walks in. you mentioned that you are going to run 2 miles? seriously? good for you. i used to run and stopped when i turned 50. too much pounding on the old knees. i read you posts with zoe and you have both convinced me to see a podiatrist and get orthotics. i keep talking about it, but never pick up the phone and make the call. this week i am doing that!

i read but your fires and coyotes. a bit scary for both! we don't have any wild animals around us - except maybe skunks and raccoons. too close to the big city i guess. and our weather is going to rival yours today. after snow flurries in nh this weekend, we are expecting mid 70's in nj today. but then it will get more seasonable again. i do like the crisp in the air. smell of woodsmoke and apples and all. the foliage was past peak in nh, but it is getting really pretty here now. then it will be gone and stark trees for awhile. oh well - i do love the snow also.

happy knitting,

sharon

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yogama wrote
on Oct 27, 2010 2:28 PM

hi zass,

quick question for you! i just received my email from holiday vogue. so many beautiful patterns and designs!

do you order the online one or the regular magazine? i started to sign up for the email, but then i second guessed myself. i prefer to have the paper - in gorgeous color - to look at! i don't like reading magazines and patterns online. i would print them out anyway, and therefore should have the magazine?

thanks for your suggestion and happy knitting!

sharon

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ZassZ wrote
on Oct 28, 2010 4:28 PM

Hi Yogama,

I got my email today too.  Wow that dress was killer!  I get the paper mag when I can or I get it free at the library.  I like to relax with a magazine or book to read too. 

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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ZassZ wrote
on Oct 28, 2010 5:12 PM

Hi again, Yogama,

Afternoon here now.  About 83 degrees and sunny and mild beautiful.  As soon as my dr. gives me ok I will be driving and hoping for it to be soon.  My husband just had the air conditiner re-charged today and a new bushing for the steering wheel.   Just kidding about running, though I would love to.  While I am walking lately i have had the thought run through my mind.  I find  myself wondering what it would feel like to run a short distance, but I know I better stick to walking and I have been doing  two miles of that each day.  Love to walk because it keeps me moving. I agree about pounding the knees, but on the sand it would be ok.  Maybe later I will start out by running on sand.  Good for your feet too.  "Propiacepion" (not sure if spelling is correct) is exercising deep back muscles by walking on sand and is really good for you.  Good for you to make that call! !

By coincidence, the news last night had one story about a coyote that came into the back yard of a guy with cameras set up.  He has two cats that defended themselves.  The coyote was in the yard for about 12 minutes and the cats kept hissing him till he finally ran away and one of the cats went chasing him down the street, meowing all the way! 

I love the crisp and fresh smell after the rain, then the leaves blowing around adds to the feeling of fall.  Some people don't think we get fall but we do.  I guess if you just drive everywhere and never walk anywhere all you see is freeway traffic.  But there are lots of beautiful trees here along with the palms.  For example on one block it is common to walk under a palm, a fir tree, a spruce, an elm, a maple, a redwood, a eucalyptus.  I love the way the scenery keeps changing.  But today it is 83 and balmy.  The rain ended tues. morning early, a little windy the rest of the day which was also a nice change.  yesterday 80's and the weekend will bring rain on saturday again.  But there is nothing like fall back east - so gorgeous!  You must have had a "beautiful" drive. 

So I read you bought the yarn for your 3 ear flap hats.  What colors?  Glad I could finally jog my memory about the knitty cowl.  I finally remembered the model with the pretty silver hair.  I used the Vanna Lyon Brand yarn for a test run on my cowl.  I have one more inch to go.  I finished the Seven Rib Shell hat a bit ago along with a vest.   

Now about those mirrors.  I know I saw them somewhere in a craft store awhile ago.  Maybe a store like Pearls or Michaels Craft.  I'll see if I can find where. 

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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ZassZ wrote
on Oct 28, 2010 5:25 PM

Hey one more thing, 

Did you see this cowl?  http://www.patternfish.com/patterns/5622  It's called Capistrano and I thought of you and LindaB48 when I saw it. 

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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yogama wrote
on Oct 29, 2010 7:12 AM

good morning zass,

yes that red dress hit me also. so pretty! i actually thought of making it! but i don't think i could finish before christmas. who knows though. when i get possessed with something i seem to find the hours in the day!

thanks for that cowl - it really is pretty. i'm adding it to my list. i want to do 3 different ones for the girls. since i finished the mittens - minus those mirrors - i thought i would do the boys hats next. that way if i am not done with the 3 cowls i can always say they are happy new year gifts! i have a friend who never sends christmas cards and instead sends happy new year. cute idea!

for the hats i bought of noro kureyon online. they dont give colors, just numbers. i have 262 paired with soft grey. this is the one that is a little army - some olive greens and greys and browns along with a little purple. the next is 226 which is red and rusts and browns with a little teal. that one goes with a tweedy tan. the last is 40 and that is vibrant blues and teals with some browns and a a little purple. that goes with a lighter beige. you never know how it will look until you actually knit. so, we shall see! it was tough picking the colors online. i tried choosing patons sws but could not make sense of the colors. the noro was a little better with their swatches. i think i did ok - i'll let you know. the hats are a little delayed as my friend just asked me to knit half sized baby blankets for her twin 2 year olds. they wore out their blankies and don't need regular zise, just something to snuggle with at naptime. how could i say no?

i agree with you about the pretty trees and change of season. we were almost as warm as you the last 2 days - and very humid. not good. today is more crisp and looks to stay that way now. we have a "honey do" list this weekend. top of the list is the window a/c units. we need them out now so the screens can all go out and the storms down and the heat on. it has been mild and we really didn't need the heat yet. my rule is no heat until the a/s are out! haha!

i think i will look for the new vogue mag. i really like to sit and flip through. cannot enjoy it online. plus i keep them forever to refer back to so it is a good invetment. did i tell you i ordered 4 back issues of piecework from the old issue sale on kd? they came the other day and i need to sit down and browse! i'm saving them for the right raining, gloomy day!

hoping your doc says you can drive again soon....

sharon

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ZassZ wrote
on Oct 29, 2010 8:59 AM

Hi Yogama, 

You should make it if you really love it.  It could be a project that you take out and work on just for you (and hubby) cause when you wear it will look dynamte on you! 

I just pulled up a noro site to try to see your colors.  Pretty yarn and will make really nice hats.  The site had one whole page and as you move cursor over the yarns pop up in big pics than most.  I don't know anything about the site just picked it out of a bunch on the search page http://rivercolors.com/shop/displayproducts.asp?product=90  I don't think I have seen this yarn, they look soft - are they soft?  Colors are pretty & interesting.  One thing I like is seeing how they fall into patterns as you are knitting along.  Is that not the fun of it? 

So how have you picked out a blankie style yet?  Vogue email says the issue is on sale November 9th.   I'm sure there will be lots in there to tantalize.  I keep my mags too.  I had a subscription to Bon Apetite for a couple years and I save them all.  They are really good references.  I never get tired of looking at the different recipe pics.  My hubby loves to tease me, "Here comes Ms. Bon Apetite and what are you cooking tonite?"  ha ha

I understand about the heat bill - hopefully it won't be too high this winter.  Well I hope your weekend does goes well in spite of chores it feels good when they are done though!  I am doing laundry, and hope to be knitting a little today.  I am looking for a little cute pattern I can do kind of quick.  

Thanks for the vote of confidence about my driving, I wonder if I will remember how to?  Automobile  So  your daughter's car is in good shape now and how is she doing in school? 

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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ZassZ wrote
on Oct 29, 2010 9:04 AM

yogama:

we take our little doggies for walks in the woods when in nh

Hi Yogama,

Later on this weekend, (I hope) I will try to put up a pic of the sweater for my little guy.  Hope you are all careful up there on those ladders, please! 

 

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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