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Knitting Withdrawal

It has been a long while since my last post and almost as long since I last picked up knitting needles. On March 13th I had surgery to replace my left thumb joint due to severe arthritis. Interestingly, my friend Pat had the same surgery the day before on her right hand. We even had the same surgeon! I think the surgical team is still recovering, too!

We got together to commiserate about a week after surgery. This is what we look like on pain meds!

Matching Casts
Matching Casts

We figured that since she had a good left hand and I had a good right hand, we just might be able to knit!

Two-handed Knitting
Two-handed Knitting

But at a rate of 1 stitch per 30 seconds and totally inconsistent gauge, we didn’t last very long!

At the three-week mark on April 3rd, with casts off, stitches out and braces on, we got together for Pat’s birthday lunch. This is how we look without pain meds!

A High 5 at the Birthday Lunch
A High 5 at the Birthday Lunch

We haven’t tried to knit again, neither together nor individually. I think we’ll wait until we start physical therapy in another three weeks. And, yes, our appointments are at the same place, same time, side-by-side therapists! The folks at Rebound Hand Therapy will never be the same!

Oh, Helen Viola Overboard

Oh, Helen Viola Overboard

Yesterday, March 2, 2015, would have been my mother’s 100th birthday.

Helen Viola in 1938
Helen Viola in 1938

About a year ago I found some wonderful hand-dyed yarn at Dyeabolical Yarns and told my sister Lisbeth about it. We chuckled over the name of the yarn, “Viola Overboard”, because our mother, Helen Viola, did everything at 110% — definitely Overboard! Then Lis found a scarf pattern on Ravelry called “Oh, Helen!” And an idea was born! Lis knit two Oh Helen scarves in Viola Overboard and so did I.

 

She sent her extra to our sister Mern and I sent mine to our sister Barbara. We gave them very explicit instructions to open the packages on March 2nd, not before (I can’t begin to tell you how difficult this was for the two of them!). When they opened the packages, a note told them about the project and instructed them to send a photo.

Here’s our tribute to Helen Viola — we still miss her!

Mern (Mary Helen) in North Carolina

 

Lisbeth
Lisbeth in Pennsylvania
Barbara in Idaho

 

Gretchen
Gretchen in Washington
Entrelac Scarf

Seahawks Heart Stopper!

I was so excited after the Seahawks division win, that I forgot to post about what I knit during the game! I did get some knitting done in the first half, but at the end  I think my needles fell to the floor! Almost had cardiac arrest — best 5.5 minutes of football EVER!

Here’s what I finished just before the game —

Seahawks Cowl
Seahawks Cowl

I worked on two projects during the game, but between discussing the game with my husband (who was wearing his Seahawks Socks!) texting and talking with my sister Mern, my BBF Pat, and my son Kent, I didn’t get much done during the first three quarters. And zero work done during the cardiac arrest and the party!

But here are the projects I’ve finished since then —

Surprise That Shall Not Be Previewed!
Surprise That Shall Not Be Previewed!

I actually finished two of these. No hints — but I call them the OHVO! I’ll save that for a special post in the future!

Test Knit Mitt
Test Knit Mitt

This is Claudia’s new pattern. It doesn’t have a name yet, but this is the test knit I completed. I love this mitt. The thumb fits perfectly. I’m going to cast on a pair for myself!

Here are the two projects currently on the needles. Of course I always have a pair of socks going, and these are for Kent — the yarn is CoBaSi, a great sock yarn for those who prefer non-wool. The photo is not B & W, but the yarn is black, grey and white!

Basic Socks for Kent
Basic Socks for Kent

And one of my favorite knits — this is my first entrelac knit — a scarf for my daughter-in-law, Clare! Love the colors in this Noro yarn!

Entrelac Scarf
Entrelac Scarf
Entrelac Scarf

Off With the Old — On With the New!

Out of curiosity, I checked my Ravelry projects page to see how many projects I had finished in 2014. Boy, was I shocked! I’m not sure how this compares with other knitters — more than some, less than others. But I’m happy with this list:

  • Socks — 9.5 pairs
  • Hats — 7
  • Cowls — 5
  • Sweaters — 3
  • Vest — 1
  • Shawls — 3
  • Mittens/Mitts — 3
  • Egg Cozies — 3
  • Wash Cloths — 3
  • Blanket — 1
  • Bag — 1
  • Knitted Knockers — 5

At the start of  2015, I have four projects on the needles!

Willow Cowl
Willow Cowl
KAL #10 Seahawk Socks
KAL #10.2 Seahawk’s Socks
Entrelac Scarf
Entrelac Scarf
Surprise That Shall Not Be Previewed!
Surprise That Shall Not Be Previewed!