Cast on, yeah, but not for a new project! Today I got the cast on my right hand. We'll see how much I can do in a few days. Here's what it looked like last Tuesday, as I was getting ready for surgery. As usual, they had to pry my knitting from my busy hands. They even got my glasses first!
As with the first surgery, the trapezium, a little bone at the bottom of the thumb, right above the wrist, had to be removed because the cartilage had worn away, and bone rubbing against bone is painful. The tendon that runs up from the wrist was slit lengthwise, rolled up and placed in the space left by removal of the bone. The left one was fixed in April, followed by three weeks in a cast and then a splint and physical therapy. I have every reason to believe that the result will be as good this time as it was for the left thumb.
As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting much, and only then with all caps. I can do a little better now that I have a cast instead of a bulky bandage. Here's what my cast looks like:
Now, get out your calendars! I have plans for another big cast-off party! The Date is December 2nd.The place is right here, my blog. I think I should be ready to start about 3:00 PM, Mountain Time. I'll remind everyone when it gets a little closer. Several people have volunteered to help with the refreshments this time. If you would like to bring something, just post it in my blog for the party.
In the meantime, I may be able to do more with my cast than last time. We'll see. I should be able to spin in a few days when a little more of the soreness goes away. All I have to do with that hand is gently hold the fiber, because I spin left-handed. In the meantime, I've been getting some reading done. I have read Odd Hours
by Dean Koontz followed by Sanditon
by Jane Austen and "Another Lady," started by Austen and completed by the aforesaid other lady in 1975. I think it was well done, fairly convincingly in Austen's style. I also read Spin Control
by Amy King. No, it isn't about life as the manager of a laundromat, but rather about how to get control over your spinning (fiber) so you can produce the yarn you want. Now I'm reading Knitting In the Old Way
by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts and Deborah Robson. I'm really enjoying it. It's more like a well-written text book than a pattern book, although there are a lot of sweaters you could make while you learn to customize and design your own if you like. My friend Lucille Reilly (of the Moebius classes) recommended the book, and I'm glad she did. I'm really enjoying it.
Well, back to my reading. Happy knitting and spinning, you lucky knitters! --P