Let’s start with the ‘change’ for the New Year…it’s actually a physical change, I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee today! If you remember, I hurt it back in March playing hockey. It swelled up quite enormously and after the swelling went down the pain never fully subsided. I went to physical therapy, which helped support my knee by building up some of the muscle that had deteriorated, but it still hurt. Particularly bad when I bent my knee deeply and when going up and down stairs. There wasn’t too much daily pain, but I have always been an active person and was finding it difficult and frustrating not being able to run around, play sports, and generally be active.
So after it randomly swelled up again in October I decided it was time to see a Sports Medicine specialist. We got an MRI which showed a large chuck of something detached and sitting underneath the inside of my left knee cap (can’t determine from MRI if it is bone, cartilage, swelling, etc). No wonder there was pain! Below is the MRI scan of my knee and the red arrow points to the rather large aberration underneath the kneecap. The image is a scan parallel to the floor with my kneecap on top, to better orient you.
My understanding is this type of acute sports knee injury isn’t very common compared to others, such as torn ligaments or a torn meniscus (which is what we thought it was prior to the MRI). My doctor normally recommends waiting a few months before surgery is an option because these injuries can heal themselves, but given it had already been 8-9 month, and I was still in pain, we decided upon arthroscopic surgery and the exact treatment would be chosen during the surgery. It depended on whether the ‘chuck’ was free-floating or connected and it would either be pinned in place or removed completely.
This morning as they prepped me for surgery we got the results from the CT scan which showed that the patellar bone (which had been fractured) mostly healed itself and that the resulting surface was irregular/jagged and was most likely the source or my pain. So they just needed to clean it up and smooth the surface. Which meant a shorter procedure and reduced recovery time! Yahoo! My husband was debriefed post surgery (I was still ‘sleeping’) so I don’t really know exactly what they ended up doing but I do know my doctor was very happy with the results!
I’m feeling pretty awesome for undergoing surgery today. It was a very minor arthroscopic procedure, so only three small incisions, but I’ve never had anything like this done before. I planned my rehab out very effectively, if I do say so myself. I did tons of sewing beforehand and then did a marathon photo session yesterday so I can blog it all while sitting on the couch! So get ready for lots of posts! :)
Today’s garment is a StyleArc Simone cardigan. I purchased this in a Size 10 and have since determined I am mostly likely a Size 8. The pattern calls for drape-y knits but I used a leopard print sweater knit to counteract the largeness I expected.The sweater knit is from Sewfisticated. I’ll say it again, they’ve had some great fabrics around lately! I’m not really into animal prints, I don’t mind them on others, (in fact I think they’re quite cute!) but for some reason I’m not drawn to them for me. However, I quite liked the large scale and colors of this soft sweater knit and I can’t resist $3.99/yard – so I decided to give it a try. AND the timing worked out perfectly for Jungle January! ROAR!I’m surprised how much I like this cardigan! Not sure if it is the fabric, the pattern, or the combination, but it makes me happy to wear. And that’s what really matters right?
I opted for medium sized black snaps instead of buttons, but I think it’s much cuter left open. One thing I really like about this cardigan is the narrow button band, versus extra-wide draped scarf-like fronts. However, I’ve been avoiding making this style because I have an irrational fear of making buttonholes on knit fabric. I’ll stick with snaps for now, but will probably buy some knit interfacing next time I purchase from Fashion Sewing Supply.
Unfortunately the patterns makes it difficult to see the built-in pockets, which are fabulous BTW. It really is an ingenious design how they included the pockets without any addition pattern pieces and they’re SUPER easy to construct.
I have the hardest time getting my camera to focus when taking back pictures since it normally auto-focuses on my face. Does anyone have a trick for this?? Sometimes I look at the camera just long enough for it to focus and then quickly turn back but often times this adds significant wrinkling which isn’t due simply to fit.
The sizing turned out nearly perfect with the thicker knit. My only complaint is that the thicker knit doesn’t drape well so the pockets stick out more than I would like. Maybe it’s mostly in my head, because these pictures look better than how I thought they would looked. I would definitely like to make this again in a lighter knit, would be a great summer cardigan.
I never know what to say at the end of a blog post. So….Happy New Year! Toodles!