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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

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 15, 2009 at 6:22am
I hope you can make it! Some people stayed the night last time. I was stepping over sleeping bodies while I made the coffee! --P
Comment by banklady6 on November 14, 2009 at 6:35pm
I'm in..I'll start driving sooner this time-I was a little late in the Spring--hopefully there's no snow to slow me down this time of year coming from Jersey. And my DH loved the pic of you still working. He's so used to hearing "wait til I get to the end of this row" he wouldn't be surprised if I was the same way..
Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 13, 2009 at 11:06pm
Judith: You're so funny! I read your response to my DH. He thinks you're funny, too! --P
Comment by parisribbons on November 13, 2009 at 10:24pm
Felicitations on the cast. I have already put the party on my calendar.I wouldn't
miss it for the world. Haven't decided yet what I'll bring, but I'll make it good. I
think this party will be bigger than the last.

By the way, I'm glad you only have 2 hands. Think of all those knitting patterns
you'd have to alter. (I assume the extra hand would have it's own arm.) It boggles
the mind. -- Judith
Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 11, 2009 at 4:06pm
Ruth: I'll send you a reminder a few days or a week ahead!
Amy: Ha! I can't quilt, either! Talk about batty...
Comment by ruthmci on November 11, 2009 at 11:09am
Good to see you are doing well. Thanks for the invite to the party! I hope I can remember. Good luck with the spinning soon plan.
Comment by Amy Green on November 10, 2009 at 7:40pm
Glad ur on the mend! I would go batty if I couldn't knit! lol
Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 10, 2009 at 6:50pm
Irene: Hope you can come! --P
Comment by Irene Soileau on November 10, 2009 at 3:10pm
You look charming in your very fashionably cap, glad the cast is on and soon no more pain, a party how nice, there sure will be plenty to eat, Irene
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 10, 2009 at 8:00am
Exactly! --S

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