It has been a busy week. Physical therapy for thumb one day and for neck and shoulder the next, rinse and repeat!
I managed to almost finish my BSJ! I can't sew it up yet, because I'm unable to hold a needle with my splint on, and I'm not allowed to do anything but my exercises with it off. I have to get some buttons anyway, and we don't know the gender of the wearer yet. I think I will do something with the neck edge, too. The yarn is Shine Sport in Grass
, Green Apple
and High Dive
. You may remember--if you've been following the BSJ KAL--I started my BSJ the night before Thanksgiving and got up to row 80, when I ran out of the Grass
, after just a few days of work. I had to wait for a new KP order. Well, the day before yesterday it arrived, perhaps by dog sled, as the entire Park City area was covered in new snow.
This is just the yarn, all for baby stuff. The rest of my order is going to help Santa with his gifts for the knitters in my family. In the meantime, I've been...spinning! Here's what I've been able to do with my Golding Tsunami drop spindle, which I am loving big time! It's like the Eveready bunny. It just keeps going, and going...sort of like me!
The fiber is Ashford's Merino/Silk Sliver (80% New Zealand Merino, 20% Silk) in Mulberry
, which I bought when I got my first drop spindle over a year ago. More recently, I purchased some similar fiber at Three Wishes
in West Jordan, just southwest of Salt Lake City. It was on sale, and one of my favorite colors, so I bought two 4-oz balls of roving. Here's my 2-ply, 18 WPI:
Of course, it looks yummier in hanks. Here it is in by spinning basket, right next to the hank of yarn I made from Greenwood Fiberworks' Enchanted
Sometime soon, I'm going to wash all the yarn I have spun recently and when it's dry, I'm going to put it in a big pile and take a photo. I have special plans for all the yarn I have been working on. I'll talk about that another time. In the meantime, spin, spin, spin! Makes me dizzy to think about it.I also have more baby things to knit, so I will be busy.
I have to keep the splint on for one more week before I can knit for short periods of time without it. Exercises, heating pad (first on neck, then on hand, then on neck...) and something called a "Contrast Bath." Sounds like something you would do when dyeing yarn, doesn't it? It means I put my hand in hot water for three minutes, then in cold water for two, then hot water for three, cold water for two, hot water for three. It helps bring down the swelling. When people see my splint (earlier, my cast), they ask, "Carpal tunnel?" Nothing so romantic. Just plain old osteoarthritis. My surgeon and my physical therapist have come to the conclusion that knitting makes great physical therapy! I've been careful, though. It would be easy to overdo it. The neck...well nothing so easy. It's mostly osteoarthritis, too, but surgery isn't indicated. I would be OK if I could have every joint in my body replaced. I hear they're growing cartilage in the lab...
Many of you stopped in at my cast-off party. This one was far more successful than my first one. This time I've had 492 comments as of now. It was so much fun, and thanks to all of you who came and stayed...and stayed, LOL! I even had people checking out my attic, because I had mentioned using some of my stash for insulation up there (pays for itself in energy savings). Feel free to stop in at my blog from last week, "Cast Off, Party On!!"
What's on my needles?
(Aside from BSJ): Same old, same old!
What's on my iPod?
Same old, same old!
What's on my wheel?
More Greenwood Fiberworks'
OMG! Life is good! Knitting, spinning and a grandchild on the way! --P