Great news! I cast off the new green Eiffel Tower Shawl last night. The not so great news is that I cast it off in bed last night. I have a new theory that the colour was named “Olive” when viewed in really dim light, because that’s the only time it’s looked olive-like to me.
Why was I knitting in bed? I slipped & fell down the last 6 or so stairs.
This is far from my first clumsy incident. Those of you who’ve known me (or read this blog) for a while are probably already thinking back to the painful rake incident of September 2008. I know Louise is still laughing about that one. We have go to further back to somewhere around 1998 to get to the last time I had a serious fall down some stairs. Here’s a little comparison between the two incidents:
|Location||Straight wooden staircase||Curved wooden staircase|
|Cause||Slippery wool socks||Slippery socks (acrylic?)|
|Sound||One loud bump, followed by rapid bumps as I traveled down about half the stairs on my rear end||Odd tumbling sounds and outbursts as I fell unevenly before becoming a crumpled heap at the bottom of the stairs|
|Husband’s reaction||Hysterical laughter||Genuine concern, slightly reduced on realizing it was me & not one of the children|
|My first thoughts||Ow.||Please let my right arm be ok so that I can knit and spin.|
|Damages||Broken coccyx (tailbone), 6 months of recovery with pain tempered by Advil||Bruised bone, sore right wrist|
We can clearly see here that not only is my husband’s reaction improved (although he did return to watch the hockey game before I got up), but I am getting much better at falling. I iced the injuries right away & took some anti-inflammatories. On determining that it hurt too much to sit, I retired to bed and cast off the second half of the shawl.
Today I’m only a little stiff but it does hurt to sit for very long. The right arm is only a bit sore but I’m going to try not to push it. Of course, I am a little lost for what to knit next, but I do have some blocking to do. I might even block my own Eiffel Tower shawl at the same time. Here’s the before: