When I bought my horse, Gracie, two years ago today, I expected to spend many happy hours riding her in the arenas and pastures of the farm. Instead, I've spent time worrying, paying vet bills, and hand walking her. Only a few months after she came, she sustained an injury to the suspensory ligament of her right rear leg. This is a very big deal for a horse, and is an injury that takes forever to heal. However, usually not as long as it has taken her. Even the expert vets at the University of Georgia are baffled at why she hasn't healed in all this time. To that end, she had surgery at the end of October and has been on a very light rehab program of daily walk under saddle riding for the last six weeks. Today, our specialist vet came out to see where things stood post-surgery/rehab. The verdict - cautiously optimistic. She's stiff, but that's to be expected given the light amount of work she's had, but she looks better at trot than she has in a very long time. So now we are going to ramp it up, slowly, slowly, to working a few days a week with added trotting. She's ready to go, that's for sure, but like any athlete coming off an injury, we need to make sure she doesn't over do it. You know how it is, "I feel good, so I must be good" is not always true. So slow and steady, we hope to win this race and by the end of February see some very marked improvement. Good thoughts would be appreciated!
When the vet left, we turned her out, which is, of course, one of her favorite things. I hoped to get a close up of her mugging at the fence, but she went straight for the little grass that's out there. I don't blame her. You can see from the photo what it is like having pasture that is a flood plain - it's been almost a week since it rained and look at those puddles! f
As for the knitting portion of my life, I added up what I completed last year:
- Afghan - 1
- Adult hats - 10
- Baby blanket - 1
- Baby sweaters - 2
- Cowls - 5
- Lace cowl - 1
- Lace scarves - 2
- Lace shawls - 10
- Mittens - 2 pairs
- Shawls - 7
- Socks - 2 pairs
That should come to 47 projects. They can all be seen on my Ravelry project page, if you are curious (although I haven't finished blocking and photographing a few of them.) Here's the last project of 2015.
It's a tiny hat for my friend, Mark's, new grandson. It goes along with the first finished project of 2016.
The set is called Mairead, and includes the hat, bunting, and blanket, all with the same XOXO and cable motifs. I changed the bunting pattern to use an i-cord for the drawstring, and added a placket to the neckline because I thought it was too open. Here's a closeup of the placket.
They were easy and fun to knit, and I'm going to make the blanket, but am taking a break from the pattern for a few days. Since it's cold here, I've already delivered these, with the promise of the blanket to come. In the meantime, I've started two other projects. Never not knitting!
We are having roller coaster weather here this week. It was 28 degrees yesterday morning and 42 today, but will dip back down into the mid-20's this weekend. Still better than a lot of other places and as long as the prolonged rain stays away, I'll be happy.
Hope your New Year is starting off well. Mine seems to be going in the right direction -for now, at least.