Knitting Injury

I can’t knit or crochet :””””'(

I’ve got some sort of repetitive strain injury which they thought was tendonitis but after two weeks of unsuccessful treatment for that decided it is a nerve problem. So I’m on medication to treat it and FULL REST – no knitting, no crochet, until it’s better. It’s hell!

It’s been about 8 weeks of this. What if I’ve forgotten how to knit?

So I’ve been doing fun stuff like trying to wind this nice yarn into a ball and getting completely tangled up for hours. (There was a lot of swearing involved):

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And I’ve made some things in pottery class and I sewed a dress for my niece:

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So that’s why I’ve been a little quiet on the knitting front lately. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I’ll be able to start knitting a little again! I’m supposed to start with 15 mins at a time so it’ll take me about a year to make a newborn cardigan 😥 slow updates in the future!

Frog or Finish ’15: The results

Frog or Finish ’15* is complete! I’ve either finished or ripped the majority of my current projects. There is one remaining that fits in neither category, as it should be. I’ll come back to that later.

Finished!

This scarf, which I made with two strands of DK held together and cast on 31 stitches which was PLENTY. I used 4.5mm needles. As I’ve mentioned, it’s for my mum.

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It’s a beast, at 6 ft 1 inch (that’s 73 inches or 185.5cm).

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And these socks (‘A Nice Ribbed Sock’), which I’ve been knitting since LAST JULY. The curse of second sock syndrome.

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They look even better on Nath’s feet, which is who they were made for:

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Frogged!

This jumper (‘Poolside’) which does not work as well with acrylic as it does with alpaca (funnily enough). I was in the process of trying to undo the cable cast-on to re-do the neckline. Don’t do this. It is better to give up on the whole thing than try to undo the cable cast-on. So fiddly. I wish I’d done a provisional cast-on just in case!

I was getting fed up of knitting the rest of it and I’d only got to the armpits. It had to go.

A moment of silence for Poolside please

A moment of silence for Poolside please

This sky scarf using this scarf pattern. A sky scarf was a lovely idea when I began this project in January 2013, but it has lost it’s charm somewhere between the tiny rows of lace using 4 ply yarn, the tangly balls and the endless pages of sky colours waiting to be crossed off.

So long, sky scarf. It was good while it lasted.

So long, sky scarf. It was good while it lasted.

Wildcard!

As with most supposed dichotomies, there are things that fit into neither camp. This sock yarn blanket is a project that I’m not planning on finishing any time soon, but I’m happy to have it ticking over between other projects, using leftover yarns and giving me time to ponder the next project I want to tackle. It was a project passed on to me from the talented cartoonist Cassian who makes Poly in Pictures.

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So… what next?!

*I got this idea from here, and I’ve no idea where it originates. Anyone?

We are family – I got all my knitters with me

You know that feeling you get when you talk to other people that love what you love? It makes you love it more, it boosts and inspires you, you get advice and get to share some tips of your own?

Today was one of those days and I feel super lucky that I have people like that in my own family. Me and my mum and my sister were dorking out about knitting and my mum’s yarn delivery unexpectedly arrived, so we crowded round oohing and aahing while she opened it. #nerds

It was lovely 100% cotton to make summer tops for her granddaughter (my niece), I can’t wait to see the results.

Here’s me and my sis clicking away on the needles:

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My sister is working on a sweet spring/summer dress for the little one. This photo doesn’t do it justice, it’s a lovely shade of green.

Why yes, this scarf IS coming along nicely, thanks for noticing! It’s just the last little bit that seems to be dragging. I knit another 5 inches and then decide it needs at least another 5 inches.

My mum tried it on today and the colour suits her beautifully. Hopefully that’s given me the motivation I need to finish it pronto so she gets it before this cold snap is over.

Speaking of cold snap, I had a fun time today with the boiler packing up right at the start of one of the coldest weekends in the last year. Thankfully someone came out quickly and got it going again! So relieved! I thought for a moment I was going to have to burrow into my yarn stash for warmth. Who knows when I would have been seen again…

 

Sock knitting, moving house and Scarf Lady

Today I’m working on some lovely socks for my partner. I love this colour yarn and I’m really excited to get them done as I think they’ll really suit Nath.

One and a half handknitted socks

One and a half handknitted socks

I haven’t been knitting as much lately because I’m in the process of moving out of my current house into a flat on my own. I’m going to try to make more time for knitting in the coming weeks because actually it’s time well spent to unwind and focus on something else, recharge my batteries for the next list of things I need to do.

I hate packing

I hate packing

When I’m feeling stressed out, I talk to my friends and they tell me how awesome my new flat is going to be. I worry about living alone, and they say “but think of your flat, it’s going to be full of yarn!”. It’s funny that so many people have said this to me independently of one another. It’s true that knitting and yarn are a comfort to me, though my stash is big enough, and I’ve got visions of people popping round to see the new place and balls of wool tumbling out the front door when I open it. One step closer to my dream of being Scarf Lady when I grow older!

Scarf Lady from children's cartoon Sarah and Duck

Sarah and Duck confronted with the leftover yarn monster

Sarah and Duck meet a sentient pile of leftover yarn in Scarf Lady’s house

The new place is a bit of a state at the moment and I have just a week until I move in. It’s unlikely I’ll have a kitchen floor before I’m actually living there! Here are some pics of the chaos:

Kitchen with no floor

Kitchen with no floor

Save time in the morning, cook breakfast from the bath!

Save time in the morning, cook breakfast from the bath!

It’s going to take a lot of yarn to get me through this :’D

Crafternoon

Whatever you want to call it, a Stitch n Bitch, a Knit and Natter, a Mass Craftsplosion of Joy, I’m a great lover of the crafting circle. Lucky for me I have some excellent and creative friends to share this with.

I hosted a crafty get together on Saturday and it was great. There’s always a variety of crafts going on and this time was no different, including knitting and zine making (another of my occupations).

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Ana (on the floor) there is decorating  a shoebox I gave her to start her own ‘crafting box’. I’m a bit of a pusher when it comes to paper craft/craft supplies/anything crafty, and I was re-organising my paper crafts box when she popped round for coffee the other day. Seeing all the goodies on display inspired her so I provided her with a shoebox ‘in case’ 😀 muh hah hah

It was a sunny, fun afternoon and I had a brilliant time. This week I am under the weather with a rotten cold and those happies from the weekend are helping me get by!

Knitting at Work

When I’m not knitting and blogging about knitting, I spend some of my time volunteering at a charity bookshop.

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I LOVE books.

All the proceeds go to the resource centre upstairs, which helps people with mental health problems and those recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

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You might notice that there is something missing from these pictures – customers. The shop is down a side road in a sleepy town and tends to be quiet. This is fine because it is entirely run by volunteers and we are still able to make a nice amount towards the rent of the building.

…And it means that there’s heaps of time for knitting! I wanted to write about the experience of knitting at work because I get a lot of interested comments from customers, many of them non-knitters. They say it’s nice to see someone knitting and are curious about how it works and what I’m making.

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Yes, those are my Dorchester Countryside Mitts I’m wearing while I work on my new, top secret project!

I think it’s also a good idea in a quiet shop to be doing something that shows I’m available to help while not staring at people that want to browse. We are quite desperate for people to make purchases, but it never helps to look desperate, you know? 🙂

The Bread and Butter of Knitting

My latest completed project is a black 2×2 rib scarf (knit 2, purl 2). I haven’t got any photos of the finished item, because I often forget with gifts to take some before I give them away! I’m sure you can use your imagination for this one. The ribbing made the knitted material nice and cosy, and the final object was a good length for wrapping round or pulling snugly through in a loop.

I think scarves and ribbing are like the bread and butter of knitting. There are so many possibilities with a scarf, ranging from complex lacy works of art to the simple but precious first knit of a garter stitch project or Doctor Who themed labours of love.

Photo credit: Koocheekoo on Flickr

Photo credit: Koocheekoo on Flickr

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Photo credit: operatingmanual on Flickr

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Photo credit: bad bad magpie on Flickr

Photo credit: Jorth on Flickr

Photo credit: Jorth on Flickr

I admit that there were moments partway through my own recent scarf knitting that I felt as though I had fallen down the knitting rabbit hole. I was working away at it but it seemed like the scarf was staying the same size. Due to this and its dark hue, my friends and I started calling it the occult scarf, as it appeared to have magical stitch swallowing properties.

Ribbing and simple scarf knitting at it’s best though can be rhythmic and soothing, the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee and a chat with friends.

Photo credit: hurrayic

Photo credit: hurrayic