So my mom had her surgery this morning. It went okay, but there was more damage to her leg than they originally thought, plus they found osteoperosis. The latter isn't a big surprise, since her mother had it. She'll be off her leg for longer than the previously prescribed 6 weeks, though - more like 8-12.
I, for one, am going to start taking calcium and make more of an effort to exercise. It feels practically impossible with ice-covered streets outside and two young children to take care, but by golly, it's important! Time to dust off ye olde running shoes.
I got a few interesting comments on my gauge question yesterday. And this morning, after finishing up a couple pieces for a community blanket, I pulled out some yarn that I was hoping to make into a spring sweater and did a swatch. I tried size 6 needles first, then thought the fabric felt a little stiff, and switched to size 7 needles.
Then I washed my swatch, squeezed it out and set it on a towel.
Holy moly did the thing stretch! The size 6 portion went from 24 st per 4" to 21 st per 4", and the size 7 went from 21 st per 4" (which is what I was shooting for) to something like 19 st per 4". The yarn is Elsebeth Lavold bambool, and it's so, so lovely and dreamily soft and wonderful, but I guess that 80% bamboo content (the rest is merino) accounts for the stretching. It's not quite dry yet, so I might just throw the thing in the dryer for a few minutes and see what happens.
ETA: 10 minutes in the dryer (regular setting) helped a bit. I think I'll go ahead with the sweater as planned, and I'll just be sure give it a few minutes of tumble-drying every time I wash it to make sure it doesn't eventually become a tent.
Gah. This is why you shouldn't trust plant fibers.
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