two weeks ago at our Knit Night my husband called to say his dad was having some kind of pain in his back radiating to the front and that he'd be going to the doctor's the next day. I had a big fit and said he should go to the hospital right away because it could be his heart. Unfortunately, I am way to familiar with heart stuff (given my mom dying from bypass surgery and my dad having a heart attack 5 years ago)and after many phone calls back and forth, they finally took him to the hospital. Turns out he had had severe chest pain and sweating the day before at work and had had a major heart attack. They performed the angioplasty on Friday night and he had a major blockage which required emergency surgery the next morning. His bypass surgery took 11 hours (an extremely long and complicated one)and at one point, they came to tell us it wasn't going well. However, he did pull through and has been recovering at home for about a week now.
The Monday after my father-in-laws surgery I decided to have my mother in law and sister in law for dinner because none of us had eaten anything but junk all weekend. Just as we were sitting down to dinner, my daughter called to say that our family doctor had sent Liam to our local hospital and the local hospital was sending him to Sick Children's Hospital for a suspected testicular tortion - a twist in his "you know what". So off my dad and I went to Sick Kids to wait for the ambulance and within 1 hour, Liam was having emergency surgery. He's perfectly fine but his old granny thought she might have a breakdown with all these hospital visits.
So now I'm thinking everything is all settled - everyone is doing and I'm done with hospitals for a while. No such luck - on November 1st, Laura had her baby - a sweet little girl called Quinn. And granny (that would be me) kept Liam overnight and didn't get a wink of sleep. Now everyone is home and doing fine and I should get back to work - I really miss the little shop but can't say enough about Lisa taking care of everything perfectly. But no - I get a wicked cold and can't seem to do much of anything. Urrrrrr!
But I have been knitting (can't post any pictures because the camera is at the store) I knit a gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca Eyelet Baby Blanket in Strawberry Hand dyed worsted for the new baby and then decided to tackle Cat Bordhi's new sock designs and have completed Sky which is the first learning sock and Coriolis which just about finished me off. New Pathways in Sock Knitting is spectacular and brilliant - kind of along the same lines as Elizabeth Zimmerman's baby surprise jacket being an engineering masterpiece. Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about sock knitting - out comes this book. I do have them in stock at the shop so if you're local you should come and have a look - if you aren't local they will be on the website later today (at the US price)
So there you have it - there's been reasons for no blogging......but I'm back now!