Monday, January 22, 2007

A Candlelight Vigile

Starsky, so young, yet already it has been forced to endure so much. But the ordeal is not over for this brave little knit. After extensive seaming and trying on it has been determined that Starsky needs emergency corrective surgery to repair her freakishly long arms. Even with all five and a half inches of the ribbing cuffed, we could not find the wearer's hands. Because the set-in sleeves are already, well, set-in, we have determined the best course of action will be to actually cut the bottom of the sleeve off. New stitches will be picked up from the end of the sleeve, and a new cuff will be knit in the opposite direction of the original knitting. It is a very experimental procedure.

But the trauma does not end there.

Unfortunately the only surgeon available has never performed this sort of surgery. And due to rigorous trampoline jumping commitments (and a few nervous twitches at the thought of cutting her precious knits), this inexperienced surgeon is not available until sometime Thursday.

Let's hope Starsky make it until then.

9 comments:

Amy said...

Oh dear...I'm sending all the good karma I can muster for poor Starsky. And remember...sometimes the new surgeon is the best one, because they use extra caution!

Areli said...

Poor Starsky. I am so glad to hear you were able to get out the rust stains. That would freak me out so bad, to get rust on my knitting. Don't stress to much about the surgery, it really isn't as bad as you think it's going to be.

Pyewacket said...

Areli neglected to mention that she has a lovely tutorial for this very procedure:

http://knittypants.blogspot.com/2006/02/lenthening-sweater.html

May the force be with you!

Bezzie said...

I'll keep Starsky in my thoughts! Hee hee!

Lynda said...

Oh, My, Goodness!!! Stooopid Bloglines has not been updating you, and so I pop on over myself to find all kinds of Starsky drama that I've been missing! And, being one that loves her Starsky to death and wears it often - this really gets to me!

I'm glad he survived the rust- and I'm quite sure the sleeve surgery will be successful - that's exactly what I would have done in the situation - not that THAT means anything!! ;O)

Persevere!

Zonda said...

Will be sending good thoughts also!! Tell that surgeon, it'll work out!!

Eileen said...

Starsky has already prooved that she (?) is made of pretty stern stuff. I KNOW that she can hold out until Thursday. And even though the surgery is new to the surgeon. We all know how skilled she is and know that she will pull off the much needed miracle to save Starsky. I know most times surgeons are not supposed to operate on their loved ones. But I think we can all see that you and Starsky are the exception that proves this rule. Will send good thoughts to you both on Thursday.

Emilee said...

Poor Starsky!

I did the same type emergency surgery on a sweater once, and the patient is thriving. Good luck, doctor!

The Mathews Four said...

You are too funny! Oh... and... I'm sorry that you are going through this at this time...! Good luck with the procedure. I can't wait to see the end result!