Let's see...surgery went well with NO complications and I feel like a new woman. I don't seem to be having any problems with hormones so may not need to worry about HRT at all! I don't need to tell you that that is a major monkey off my back, I'm sure. I was very worried about HRT and its risks and am glad I may not need to continue to worry.
I'm posting pictures of the "Hedgerow Mitts"* I just made out of the CVM wool that I processed and dyed and spun myself on my Sonata. I love the way they turned out and I love the variegated colors I got with the Wilton's dye that I used. I have officially entered them in the Altamont Fair and have to drop them at the fairgrounds tomorrow. Knitted items are judged before the Fair starts and are displayed if they win, so they need to be there tomorrow and, if they place, will be on display during the Fair in the middle of August. Once I get them back, I'll have to send them to the CVM Conservancy for possible display at Rhinebeck! Wish me luck on both counts, ok? I've never done this before, so even if I don't place, the experience will help me do better next year. In the pictures, I'm including photos of the skein, too. I didn't have a large enough skein to enter it and I haven't spun much since the surgery because I can't lift my wheel (and it's just too damn hot...), so I didn't enter a skein yet. I'll be better prepared for next year, I hope!
*The "Hedgerow Mitts" are from a pattern by Amy Ripton that I received free from http://www.knittersreview.com/. I did make some minor adjustments to the pattern to make them fit me better after knitting a 'practice' mitt from my CVM, but otherwise, they are true to the pattern and I just think they are perfect!
UPDATE: I actually entered them yesterday in the Altamont Fair, which is our local county fair, for judging. Now I wait...The Fair doesn't start until August 10, so I won't know how I did until then. Wish me luck!