Thursday, January 13, 2011

My First Knitted Sweater and a Prayer Request

Well, technically it's my 3rd knitted sweater.  When I was in 7th grade in 1965, one of our teachers stayed after school to teach some of us how to knit.  We each knitted a sleeveless shell.  I still have mine somewhere.  I learned to knit and purl from her, but not how to read a pattern, etc....  Since then the only things I've ever knitted have been scarfs and, recently, a few hats.  Then, just before I knitted this sweater, I knitted one that I threw away.  It might have worked for a very large stuffed animal.  Darn, I could have put it on the big bear that one of our girls has left here.  Oh well, it's too late now.

I think this will go to our 5 year old granddaughter.  I will probably embellish it some way or other.  I will take pictures if I do this.  Now, I'm working on another sweater that I think will fit the 3 year old.  It will be a cardigan, I hope.  I'm making it in pastels: yellow, green, and lavender.  Cross your fingers for me that it works and actually looks like a sweater when I finish.  I would like to make one for each grand.  I just don't know how long this will take. It may be summer time and they won't need them by then.  Maybe I should make them large enough to fit next year.

Now, I would like to ask you for prayers for my brother.  If you've been a long time reader of my blog, you may remember that he had a hip replacement done in May.  In June he had a staph infection in that hip.  The drs. went back in, took out parts of the hip, cleaned them, drained gunk off his hip, etc...., and then put the hip parts back in.  He was then on an antibiotic IV drip for about 6 weeks.  He has been on an oral antibiotic since then.  In November, his blood work looked suspicious.  It looked better in December, though.  Last week his hip was hurting very badly.  He told the dr. who then scheduled a cat scan.  There were pockets of fluid which they drained, and cultured.  The staph infection is back in full force.  Now my brother has to go through another surgery, this time to remove the entire hip and replace it with a "dummy" hip which will excrete antibiotics.  He will have this "dummy" hip for at least 3 months, during which time he will be on a walker or in a wheelchair.  He will not be able to work or drive, etc.... Then, at the end of 3 months, if the infection is gone, they will go back in and put in a new hip.  He is very disheartened, as you can imagine.  He is concerned about the loss of income, the hardship this will put on his wife and son, the aggravation of not being able to do the things he normally does.  He will be stir crazy after a few days.  It scares me that the infection won't be cleared up this time, then what??????????  So, prayers please.


sewing spots said...

You bet! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Great job on the sweater.

Gail said...

I will too - hope you don't mind Jewish prayers. My mother has been battling with wound infection for four years. It is more debilitating than all her other illnesses put together.

The sewing room said...

Your brother is certainly in my prayers,praying for a quick recovery. I know how your brother feels Dave has been off work nearly six months and no sign of him returning yet but you do get on with life you have to and some how you make the money work.i hope you all manage to stay strong sending you big hugs love Pat.

Claudia said...

My goodness, your poor brother. This is too much. That poor man has had to deal with so much with this hip replacement and infection. He will certainly be in my prayers.

Your sweater is very pretty!


Crazy Mom Tats! said...

You've done a lovely job on the sweater. Make the ones for the grands a size up!

Prayers winging your brother's direction. Mercy, he's had it rough.

Kim said...

Julia- I am so sorry to read this. Your brother is in my prayers every day- I can't believe that he has to go through more surgeries! I will pray that his spirits stay up and pray for strength for his family also.

I love your sweater- knitting is not a craft I am very good at so I really admire people that can knit well. Big hugs to you ♥

ShirleyC said...

Love the sweater!
I'm so sorry about your brother. Bless his heart! He has been through the mill for sure. Some staph infections seem to be resistant to antibiotics. I sure hope they can get it cleared up. He will be in my prayers.

Rachel said...

I love your sweater. I took up knitting awhile back and knitted a sweater, but then I fell off the wagon. I hope to get started back as there is another sweater I want to knit. I hope you brother gets better soon.

Faye Lewis said...

I'm praying for your brother's healing.

MushyWear said...

Add me to the list of those praying. Your sweater turned out really nice! Love the bright red color.

Marybeth said...

What an ordeal for your brother! My heart goes out to him and his family, and I will keep you all in my prayers!

Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) said...

You've got them,Julia. Hugs

Donna said...

Oh Julia! I'm so sorry to hear your brother is fighting a staph infection. I'll be praying.

Beautiful sweater!! Your work is gorgeous. I bet your granddaughter will love it.


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