Saturday, August 28, 2021
Sunday, August 15, 2021
I fell into a creek while on a hike into Todd Lake when Alexia was here. I got very wet and jammed my thumb. When it didn't get better after a couple of weeks I went to Urgent Care at our medical clinic. They diagnosed Gamekeepers Thumb and put a giant splint on my forearm and referred me to The Center, the orthopedic care facility. I took the splint off and waited. My thumb was still sore and weak. Finally last Monday I got called in to see Dr Holt. He said, yup - you have Skiers Thumb. It's the same thing as previously diagnosed but he's young and we don't have gamekeepers here in Bend.
I got called that afternoon to see if I could take an MRI appointment the next morning at 7:10 and I said sure! Then I got called Thursday to see Dr Holt again and was fitted with this handy little splint. He was surprised by my MR which shows a partial tear. I have to wear this 23 1/2 hours a day until September 20 and hope to avoid surgery. I can knit simple things but weaving isn't workout out yet.
The reason I wasn't baby sitting that Thursday is because I was scheduled to take a warp painting class but a friend died on August 3rd of brain cancer and the celebration of life was scheduled for that same day. The service was outdoors in the Prayer Garden at our church and in spite of being 99 degrees, it was surprisingly comfortable. Triana was a prolific knitter and all of our knitting group has received yarn from her stash. Some are knitting toys for the pediatric ward at the hospital because toys were Triana's speciality, she said, because they don't have to fit anybody.
Saturday, August 07, 2021
I've been knitting on a cardigan pattern from the winter Vogue Knitting issue and had been having misgivings about the size, hoping I had enough yarn. I kept knitting thinking that surely it would be fine. This is when I realized I didn't have enough yarn for both sleeves, so I took stitches off the needles and measured on the kitchen table. It was way off. At some point I had begun to loosen my gauge and it was a couple sizes too big.
There was nothing I could do but start over. Actually frogging and reconditioning yarn is pre-starting over. It's been my Olympic knitting and I am halfway to the armholes right now. It's a complex pattern and I recognize that it probably won't be a garment before next year.