This is it, the End of the Line. The Last of the Shawl Warps. #18 of 18. Just two more shawls to weave and put a period at the end of it.
The rapid rate of recovery after surgery has slowed and, indeed, feels like it has come to a full stop, although I know that isn't really so. It is just that now, recovery will be measured over weeks and months, not days. I have been told by many that recovery from this surgery takes one to three years, depending on the person. I know that after 13 weeks I'm only at the beginning of the journey. Does that make me any less impatient? Of course not. Intellectually I know there is a ways to go. Emotionally? Not so much...
With the plateau I feel that it must surely be time to push the boundary a little bit harder. Having so many of these 'easy' warps to do meant that I stayed the course, did not start pushing too soon but stuck with the promise to myself that I would weave all of these 'gentle' warps before I tried weaving more normally, i.e. with the same degree of physical effort I'm used to using.
As each warp came off the loom I found I could do a little bit more before I felt tired or achy, until with this one I didn't really feel any aches or pains at all.
These warps fulfilled several functions: a) they allowed me to ease back into weaving, reminding my body very gently of the movements and effort I need it to perform; b) I was able to clear three boxes of yarn out of storage - about 150 four ounce skeins; c) build badly needing inventory - about 50+ shawls. All that needs to happen now is fringe tying, pressing, trimming and tagging. They will be ready in plenty of time for the fall sales beginning in October.
This warp will come off tomorrow and then I will take a deep breath, turn the computer for the loom on and see just how far along in my recovery I really am.
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