A Memerable Christmas

All three of our boys came home for the holidays, along with two of their girlfriends and my sister. The house has been full of good friends and good cheer.

But there was a little snafu Christmas Eve night when I fell and broke my arm, which landed me in the hospital for two days. I don’t like photos of myself under the best of circumstances, but the one my son took of me Christmas morning is so bad that I don’t think I’ll object to any future photos.

ann in hospital

My left humerus is fractured (and displaced) in a couple of places and I’m looking at six to eight weeks for recovery. I see the doctor again this week and hope to get a smaller cast that will let me use at least the fingers of my left hand. Once that happens, I’ll attempt knitting again. In the meantime, I’m very grateful that it’s my left arm (I’m right handed) and that I have a nice assortment of legal pain killers.

I’ll let you know how one-handed knitting goes.


65 thoughts on “A Memerable Christmas”

  1. oh no!!!!! well, the good thing is you’ll probably invent some wonderful ways to one-arm-knit. hope you feel better soon–

  2. Oh Ann I am so sorry “Hug” what a sod why if you had to be hurt and of course better no hurt at all why could it not be an ankle so your hands were free for 8 whole weeks of uninterrupted knitting that is just plain mean……..

  3. Ann, I’m so sorry about your Christmas accident and hospital stay. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  4. Oh, Ann, I’m so sorry. Please let your family take care of you. Christmas never rolls around that I do not remember two years ago on Christmas day when I had an accident with an immersion blender… Knitting will be slow for a while, but will return. Your gifts to the knitting world are immense. I bought your book of patterns this year with a Christmas gift certificate. Thank you!

  5. Oh, that sucks! Don’t overdo it, be faithful about your rehab and you’ll be back to knitting sooner than if you force it. (Been there, done that more than once) Meanwhile let the household spoil you rotten – you deserve it. May the New Year bring better luck!

  6. Oh NO…best wishes to you for a quick recovery. Maybe your creative juices will flow with a new technique to knitting. Best wishes!

  7. I am sorry to hear of your accident, best wishes for a speedy recovery. While you are recovering, you will have time to dream up more of your great patterns. I love knitting your patterns.

  8. You will probably be a doctors worst nightmare when you start feeling better,,, I can’t imagine that taking it easy is even in your dictionary! Get well fast.

  9. So sorry to hear about your accident. Be sure to follow the Doctor’s orders so you heal properly. This will be a good time for you to relax.

  10. What an awful way to spend Christmas, especially when your boys were home. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Maybe you can try arm knitting over the cast.

  11. Ann,
    So sorry to learn of your accident. Heal quickly and thoroughly. The knitters of the world need you. Well wishes…

  12. So sorry to hear about your accident. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Make sure you do everything the doctors say to do!

  13. Ann, so sorry to read this news. You are in my prayers for a speedy recovery and that you have no more pain. I hope this does not impact your knitting too much.

  14. Dear Ann,
    Recover quickly and I know you will figure out a way to have your left arm gently assist your right knitting hand. Sending hugs and good wishes.

  15. Oh no I am so sorry to hear about this- hope the healing process goes well. Glad it was not your right hand.

  16. I wish you a speedy recovery. I hope other distractions help you relax. Perhaps a good book or movie? Take care.

  17. Michelle Kendall

    Oh Anne – I am so sorry to hear about this – hope you are back to knitting soon. I suspect that you will learn how to knit with one hand!

  18. Ann, I know EXACTLY how you feel! I sustained the same fracture on my left arm many years ago. I was told at the time that I was lucky I did not break my shoulder. So, if there is a positive in all this, that is it. But my gosh is that fracture site painful! At one point, I fainted from the pain. I am writing to say you will have a full recovery and you will knit like nothing ever happened! But next few weeks are going to be hard, very hard.

  19. So sorry to read about your accident. I hope you are a fast healer and get home before you know it. Don’t forget to milk the sympathy angle a bit at first so you can get some rest. 🙂 Best wishes Ann!

  20. I am truly sorry to hear about your fall and injury. I will be praying for a painless and quick recovery. When you feel better please let us know a little more of what happened. Never a good time of year for this to happen but Christmas is about one of the worst.

  21. So sorry about the break! But I’m most impressed that you have found things to be grateful for…that is a good lesson for all of us! Take care and heal quickly.

  22. Sorry to hear about your accident! Sending you good wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery!

  23. Oh, can I sympathize! At the end of March, I fell and broke my left arm in three places ~ try as hard as I could, I could not knit; of course, the fact that my wrist was also broken might have had something to do with it…..My best wishes for a quick healing, and a return to the needles.

  24. Oh, dear Ann…ouch! May those pain meds see you through to a time soon when you will not need them any more. And may you heal like a child…and be as good as new soon.

  25. What a way to celebrate (?) Christmas, Ann. Here’s hoping you’re in the pink soon. If you figure out how to knit one-handed and put it in a book, I bet it’ll sell like hotcakes. Get well soon. John R

  26. So sorry to hear of your accident, I know I hate not being able to knit. Hope you find ways to pass the time.

  27. Oh no!! Drink some non-alcoholic champagne(can’t mix pain killers and alcohol) and greet the new year. Wishing you peace, health, happiness and many blessings for the new year.

  28. Ann, speedy recovery. I am currently house bound, recovering from shingles, and now the flu. I am knitting Duplex and have a question. Maybe one of your followers who has knit this can answer this for me….I have emailed interweave but I do not know how quick they are in responding.

    I have just started the cowl pattern Duplex…from Scarf 2. The first block….Garter Stitch Block it says row 1 For the first block only knit all the sts, for subsequent blocks, sl first purl st purl wise. I am really wondering if this should be for first ROW only…and for subsequent ROWS. Can you help me please?

    Thank you in advance to any one who can help me and post a reply or email me…kbester@hotmail.com

  29. Sorry to hear you’re suffering doubly!
    Slip the first st of Row 1 only for all but the first garter-stitch block. You’ll knit the first stitch on all other right-side rows.

    I hope I interpreted your question correctly. Pain meds are great, but make my head foggy.

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