Linen Chevron Cowl Pattern Now In French!

Hello everyone!

After breaking my ankle exactly two weeks ago, here is an update. A few days after the injury and after the ER, I went to the orthopedic surgeon but nothing could be done because my foot was too swollen.

swollen broken ankle

As a result, I had to sit around with a broken ankle for eight days until the swelling went down.

On the ninth day, I went into surgery. It was an outpatient procedure that was supposed to take 1.5 hours. I went in and the first thing they did was give me a regional block in an attempt to numb the leg. At the time, I had no idea what to expect from the block procedure. As it turned out, the anesthesiologist stuck a needle into the back of the leg, and used an ultrasound to find where to inject the numbing solution. Well after what seemed like several minutes, the procedure was complete and a complete failure. For some reason they couldn’t find what they were looking for to numb the leg.

I was then transported to the operating room. While they were prepping me onto  the operating table, the last thing I remember was a brief conversation with the crew about Downton Abbey. LOL! Now that I’m thinking back on it, it’s pretty funny–our choice of topic, that is.

Shortly after, there was the “gas.” I will never forget the smell…

I woke up in the recovery room plagued with nausea and found out that my surgery had gone over by two hours! What was supposed to take 1.5 hours took 3.5 hours. They had trouble setting my bones back into place. In addition, the gas anesthesia that they gave me made me immensely ill. In response to this, the nurse gave me “anti-nausea” medicine that knocked me out for the rest of the day. To be honest, I don’t think it was anti-nausea medicine. I think it was a tranquilizer. As the nurse put it, “I think she’s comatose.”

The days after the surgery were extremely rough. I have to say that the day after was the worst! The pain was definitely on a level that I had never experienced before. And on top of it all, I had the lingering smell of the gas anesthesia on my breath which made me sick for several days after surgery. There is nothing worst than the smell of what can be described as a “strong plastic odor” every time you take a breath out.

It hasn’t been a full week after surgery and find myself easing off of the pain medication. This too makes me queasy. As you can tell, I am extremely sensitive to medications.

Anyway, I promise I am going to wrap up this horror story. So I am currently wrapped up in another splint and I have to sit around for one more week until my post-op check up.

broken ankle phase 2

Now, on to knitting! A while back, a fellow blogger contacted me about translating one of my patterns to her native tongue, French. Of course, I agreed. I am in no shape to translate my pattern to  French, at least not well. My knowledge of the language is not, by any means, fluent, even though I did take French for two years in high school and two in college.

Linen Chevron Cowl

Emmanuelle was kind enough to translate the Linen Chevron Cowl to French and put it in a PDF format.

Linen Chevron Cowl (French)
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Check out her gorgeous version of the cowl at: lemarquoirdelise.over-blog.com!

Chevron Linen Cowl by Emmanuelle B.

I truly enjoy sharing my work with the knitting community and enrich people’s lives one at a time through knitting. If there is an opportunity to share it with different people in different languages from different countries with different cultures, I will definitely take it!

If you would like to translate any of my patterns to another language and share it with your community, please let me know! For you loom knitters: if you are interested in converting my patterns for loom knitting, please contact me!

Please bear with me through this rough time as I slowly get my life back to normalcy. Thank you all for your kind words and your well wishes!

Happy knitting!

12 Comments

  1. Alicia Hathcock

    Oh my goodness, you have had a rough month! I twisted my ankle back in September & was amazed at the pain & how long it took for me to wear a shoe on that foot. I can’t imagine your pain & frustration! Sending you hugs & hope that you feel better soon. (LOVE your patterns!!)

  2. Blanca Acosta

    Good for you, inclusivity is always wonderful! It also gave me the opportunity to learn than Chevron an Français is also Chevron 🙂 I had a similar experience to yours; I had to be implanted to rotator cuff and a titanium rod in my humerus; I couldn’t read or knit; I’d never crocheted before, but I could move my fingers, so I started crocheting sch, dch….I’ve haven’t gone beyond that but I use those two stitches in a creative way., making colorful scarves and bags (I invented taking the yarn from a row below and it creates a cool ridge)
    If you want to post the pattern en español , just let me know, I’d be happy to do it…maybe more people are interested and you get a translation in Urdu!
    Ah, I have an insanely beautiful raw silk yarn, and I’m going to make your cowl for Spr.

  3. Sue A. Moore

    Yikes!!! While reading your description of your experience with your ankle, I was totally reminded of my own sensitivities to meds and almost overwhelmed with sympathy for your injury. I hope you have smooth sailing until your ultimate recovery. Some day you’ll look back at this, but I’m sure you won’t laugh. You will, however, be relieved that it’s over with….. Hang in there. I send my best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

  4. kathryn keller

    I’m so sorry for all you have been throw. My husband broke his leg and it came throw the skin down by the ankle, He got a infection in the bone and it has been a long year of surgeries and lots of antibiotics. Hes a diabetic. That is why it got infected . He almost lost his foot a few times but is now on his way to recovery. Its happened on Jan27 of last year. I’M SO SORRY FOR YOUR PAIN!! We will be praying for you.

  5. Beth

    That sounds like a horrible experience. I hope you are on the mend and beginning to feel better. Thank you so much for updating us on your progress. Keep knitting while you “knit”!

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