I learned to knit in August of 2007 to have something more to do while I was recovering from my unexpected laparotomy. It was unexpected because I’d been scheduled for an exploratory laparoscopic surgery to confirm a diagnosis of endometriosis. I was told I’d be out two or maybe three days if they happened to find endometriosis. I had so much endometriosis that they had to open me up to burn it out.


My two or maybe three days turned into six weeks of recovery and my single crochet project to pass the time turned into learning to knit to keep from turning into a total TV junkie.

Ten years later, I’m staring down the barrel of a total hysterectomy. I’m more than a little afraid of the whole idea of it, but we’ve hit the end of the line with what we can do with trying to treat my fibroids. I’m lining up ideas to work on while I’m recovering, playing yarn, and trying not to worry too much about things beyond my control.

I’m trying to keep to easy, repetitive projects that I won’t mess up in the early stages of recovery. I’ve got about two weeks to finalize my plans and get everything ready. I’m not sure that’s enough time to narrow down my projects.

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