Hey look! Another blob!
Friday September 03rd 2010, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Knit

I cast this on on Monday night. It is yet another open-at-the-front circular shawl, done on size 5.5mm needles, 23″ long lying flat and will lengthen out from its weight a bit the moment I pick it up–in other words, it is Friday night and it is now done and blocking.

Now, to get that much done that fast, I iced my hands at the first twinge, several times a day as needed. I wore the splints at night that I have for years, custom-fitted by a physical therapist to keep my hands from curling and tensing up in my sleep.  (Being allergic to aspirin, this is a necessity for me.)  I took frequent breaks, consciously putting the needles down at the end of every row or two whether I felt like I needed to or not.

Had I not, I would still be recovering just from Tuesday’s knitting for several weeks’ worth of inflammation. But I did just fine, and I can’t wait to dive into the next project with that intensity. (Why, yes, my nest did empty Monday. Funny you should mention. Overcompensating? Me?)

BlueIce ice packs are a great invention.

Last night at Purlescence, I did express some reservations about the yarn being very soft but a bit thicker than I’d have preferred. It’s Zegna Baruffa, which I think is the softest merino laceweight out there, multi-plied into a heavier yarn for Colourmart.

Yeah well. Just add water and there you go. I love it. It’s perfect.

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It’s gorgeous. You *are* going to show us what it looks like after it’s blocked, right?

They have splints for that? I sit, all amazed. I don’t have arthritis, but I do have achy-breaky hands. All the things I love to do (knit, type, write, hold books open, paint, etc.) keep my hands in some variation of curled-up. I have taken to quietly massaging them when I’m sitting in a temple session. It relaxes them a little, and it helps keep me awake when the rest of me is not up-and-doing.

Comment by Lynn 09.04.10 @ 6:35 am

Another thought: splints on my hands, plus my CPAP, would definitely put me over the line into Darth’s-Mama territory. So, maybe not. The list of men who are eager to marry me is already a pretty short one, LOL.

Comment by Lynn 09.04.10 @ 6:39 am

Whoa. My trick wrist is twinging just thinking about it, what a feat! Remind me never to get in your way when you’re on a mission.

Comment by Michelle 09.04.10 @ 7:17 am

It is a tough lesson to learn, that of not continuing on when a break is needed (says she who sat and plyed two bobbins of yarn this morning). But an important lesson (says she who will now walk away from the computer and MOVE!). Thanks for the reminder.

Comment by twinsetellen 09.04.10 @ 8:52 am

wow — wonder woman!!

the whole sore wrist thing I get — have splits too though my DH refers to them as “the boxing gloves”

and its why I work on many different sorts of projects during the day — trying to avoid that “over use” injury thing

can’t wait to see the finished blocked shawl!!

Comment by Bev 09.04.10 @ 8:56 am

“Overcompensating? Me?” Um, yes, you. Those splints sound interesting. My left hand … well, maybe you could show me some time.

Comment by Don Meyer 09.04.10 @ 9:51 am

What a pretty shade of blue! Can’t wait to see it blocked.

Comment by Jody 09.04.10 @ 12:43 pm

What a lovely color you are an inspiration:)
I want to knit a shawl from your book I have my sea silk waiting just need to finish one more project.Hugs Darcy

Comment by Darcy 09.04.10 @ 2:12 pm

I feel sure Scruff would love to keep you company. It’s back-to-school time. Scruff has so enjoyed his walks with Brandon. But now that Brandon’s away? All day long, Ma won’t you pet me? Ma, you’re reading a book; I’ll jump up on you to keep you company. You’re not happy about that? I know of a trash can that needs emptying; I’ll gladly drag all that messy trash halfway across the room for you.

Congrats on finishing the shawl without hurting your hands. I can hardly wait to see the picture of it blocked.

Comment by RobinM 09.04.10 @ 3:25 pm

Lovely blob! And, yes, overcompensating just a tad. Silence can be so loud. However, I am glad you’ve found a way to keep going, and I will keep the icing in mind next time I’m “forced” to do a marathon quilting session. Do you sandwich your hand between two BlueIce packs? Have to get me some.

Comment by DebbieR 09.04.10 @ 8:59 pm

I used to have all sorts of problems with my hands. I started taking BLM and within 3 weeks I could knits for hours without pain of any kind. I love that stuff!!!!

I am finishing up a sock kick right now. I just started a hat in a nice mink Alpaca, then I will start a new shawl.

Earl and Labor Day are signaling the end to summer here on the Eastern Shore, so my “squirrel instinct” is telling me it’s time to prepare for some quiet time.

Comment by Joy E 09.05.10 @ 5:47 am

Good job! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Foresight is better than hindsight, the view is nicer. Ummm, I ran out of platitudes. I can’t wait to see the blocked knit, though!

Comment by Carol 09.06.10 @ 7:30 am

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