Thumb Update

You may have noticed that my knitting progress has significantly decreased lately. I have mentioned a few times that I have been experiencing painful cracks in my thumbs that make it very difficult to knit. Since Thanksgiving I’ve been knitting with finger cots to help protect my thumbs. It didn’t help much.

The cracks have gotten significantly worse over the past few weeks. What used to be one crack at a time has increased to seven cracks at a time. It hurts a lot. I can’t do the things I love – like knitting or writing – without pain. I also can’t do things that are part of my everyday life without pain – like washing dishes, unlatching car seats, washing hands, laundry…..well you get the idea. It finally got to the point where I decided that I should go see the dermatologist.

I was able to get in quickly, which I am thankful for. I got a steroid shot and a prescription for a steroid ointment. That should heal my thumbs and protect me from more cracking. I can get another shot in a month if I need it.

My doctor said that I should notice improvement by Monday. I’m not planning on being able to knit until then. I am fidgetey without knitting. It doesn’t feel natural to let my hands be still. So the next few days are going to drag.

Once my thumbs are better projects are going to start flying off my needles. I can’t wait. I’m even going to teach my friend’s daughter to knit (I fear it will just be me taking the needles and saying “Just let me do it.”). I have big yarn dreams, and only a few days to wait until I can pursue them pain free.

I hope you are doing well and staying warm this winter!

 

 

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WIP Wednesday 1/52

Happy Wednesday! I didn’t write a WIP post last week because I was in the haze of Christmas vacation. John was off for over a week and I had no idea what day it was until yesterday when he went back to work. I did make some progress over the past two weeks, just not as much as I would have liked.

Kirsten’s hat is coming along, and will be done by next week. It will probably be done tonight, barring any unforeseen events (deciding I would rather read instead of knit).

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What can I say about this hat? I love the pattern. The cables are so fun to knit. I adore this yarn, Manos Del Uruguay Maxima. The colorway is cotton candy, and I love the color changes in the soft pink. It is not my usual color selection, and it has been really fun to work with something new.

 

I finished one of John’s socks. I have not felt like knitting socks at all, so these have been pretty slow going.20180103_190737_001.jpg

I’m still working on my sock yarn blanket, and it is finally wide enough. Now it is just a matter of making it long enough. Before the end of the year I should be able to finish the blanket and add an i cord binding. As soon as I finish the blanket I’ll be starting another one. It is my favorite knitting project ever. I love it.

Have a great week! I hope you are making progress on your projects.

It’s too damn cold.

I know that it is January.

I know that it is supposed to be cold.

I get that.

I accept that….usually.

The kids haven’t left the house in three days though, and we’re all going crazy. It is so bad I actually scheduled a play date for today, even though it is really too cold to leave the house. My plan was to warm up the car and then put the kids in a warm car to drive to our friends house to let them run and play and burn off energy. That didn’t happen though, it is too cold to start my car. This is just one more reason I wish we had an attached garage.

I’m trying to keep the kids busy with different activities. They are used to being on the go all of the time, so being at home is not something they are used to.

At first it wasn’t hard to keep them happy at home. Santa was very good to them this year, so they had lots of new toys to play with. The novelty of new toys has now worn off. Today Elliot tried to put on his shoes and was crying to go see the water tower. It is hard to explain to a 1 1/2-year-old that it is too cold to go outside.

I made play dough today. Audrey loves helping me in the kitchen. She is a great bakers assistant, but I can’t bake cookies or bread every day if I want to continue to wear pants, so I thought we would try playdough. It was crazy easy. Had I know it would take 5 minutes to make I would have made it the last time we were stuck inside for a stretch. I added lavender essential oil because I am trying everything I can think of to keep the kids calm. It might not do anything for them, but I find it soothing myself, so there is that.

There is a high of 14 tomorrow. That won’t be so bad. My car should start. Audrey has swimming lessons, so we’ll be busy and on the go all day. Just as we like it.

How are you surviving in this frigid weather?

WIP Wednesday – Christmas Knitting Extravaganza

Christmas is less than a week away, yet my Christmas knitting is more than a week from being finished. I have decided to just finish up what I can and call it good.

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I finally blocked my Mom’s Christmas socks. I love how they turned out. I’m worried they will be a little big for her. If they are I suppose I could just make her a new pair and keep these for myself. 20171220_125110.jpgI finished John’s socks. I like how they turned out. I think he’ll be very excited to have a brand new pair of socks. He loves hand knit socks, which makes it easy to make them for him. There’s nothing worse than knitting something for someone and not having them appreciate it.20171220_125242.jpgI am slowly making progress on my Monkey socks. The second pair of socks I ever made were Monkey socks, and I haven’t made them sense. I don’t know why – the pattern is easy to memorize and it goes quickly. I haven’t been working on them much because I realized I had more Christmas knitting that had to be done. I’m even less likely to pick them up now because the last time I put them in the project bag I pulled the needle off of 1/4 of the stitches, so I have to fix them before I can knit again. Spoiler alert: this might be my new forgotten project. I should just put the project bag in the same tote bag as the cardigan that time forgot and put them both in a closet.20171220_125257.jpg

My mother-in-law loves felt slippers, so I make her a pair every year for Christmas. I finished knitting these yesterday. I haven’t felted them yet, so I still consider them a work in progress. Fun fact: I hate felting. It smells and it is time-consuming. Next year I might switch to slippers I don’t have to felt.20171220_125319.jpg

I’m making a replacement beret for Kirsten. She lost the raspberry beret I made her a few years ago. I couldn’t find any nice, bright yarn at the yarn shop in the 5 minutes I had before it closed, but I did find this Manos in Cotton Candy. I love the color and the squishiness of it.20171220_125402.jpg

Last week after I finished John’s socks I decided I would try to knit him another pair. That was a crazy idea. I didn’t consider that I had other knitting to do. I didn’t think about the fact that I can’t knit them when he is around and he was here all weekend and had Monday off. I forgot that we have plans many nights this week. So he might get these for Valentine’s Day. Or I might wrap them up as is and tell him they are coming.

What should I do with John’s in progress socks? Are you ready for Christmas?

 

WIP Wednesday

Wow. I have been really bad about blogging lately. I have been knitting, but I have been busy with holiday prep so I keep forgetting to write. Let me fill you in.

I finished my weather pattern socks. I love them. They are cheery and look like the weather map of a severe thunderstorm on a summer day.20171117_122253.jpg

I’ve been working on my Christmas socks for my mom too. I’m using the Simple SKYP pattern that I can’t get enough of. It’s more interesting than a simple rib and they seem to fly of the needles. I hope to have these done by next week. The socks are really a green/teal color (Madeline Tosh Cousteau), but this yarn does not photograph well without natural light (and I live in a cave).

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I’m also working on my second pair of Christmas socks for John. He appreciates hand knit socks so much, I love making them for him. I should be able to finish these in time for Christmas. He doesn’t know I’m making them, so I can only knit on them when he’s at work or I’m out of the house.20171129_193257.jpg

So as you can see, I have been knitting. I even managed to sew a seam on the cardigan that summer forgot (you totally forgot I was knitting a cardigan, didn’t you?). My progress has been slowed significantly by my thumb – it is cracking on my right hand where I hold the yarn. I have been knitting with a band-aid or a finger cot for the past month. It makes it so I can knit, but I can’t knit as much as I would like.

I hope you’re doing well and your Christmas knitting is progressing!

WIP Wednesday

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Every week I’m surprised how fast we get to Wednesday. I don’t know where this year is going, but I would like it to slow down. It is almost time to decorate for Christmas. I’m happy to report that the stockings are done. They will be handed off to my aunt for her to deliver them to my cousin later this week. I need to get them blocked before then. I need to get on that, but I really hate blocking so I’m procrastinating as long as possible.

I’m still working on the weather map socks. They are moving along slowly. Very slowly. I finally turned the heel on the second sock. I hope to have them completed by the end of the week. I have plans for those needles.

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I told my Mom I would make her socks for Christmas, so I would like to get started on them. Especially because I’ll see her next week and I have never written down how l knit her socks before I start the toe. I want to knit them far enough for her to try on so I can make her a good fitting sock. I’ll be writing down her foot length so I won’t have to measure the socks on her feet the next time I make her a pair.

After I finish her socks I’m going to make a pair of felted slippers for my mother-in-law. I make her a pair almost every year, and she wears them out almost every year. It is so nice to make someone something and know that it gets used. A lot.

When I finish the socks and the slippers I’m done with Christmas knitting. I’m excited to have a goal that I can accomplish without stressful end of December knitting.

I am hoping to go through my stash and pull out what I will never knit with. I’m planning a stash bash with my crafternoon group. Whatever isn’t taken I’ll donate. I am feeling overwhelmed with the amount of yarn in my stash and I think it will be freeing to let go of it. Please note that I am not counting sock yarn as stash because that will eventually be made into socks, so I’m not going to stress about that.

What are you knitting for Christmas? Do you ever get weighed down by your stash?