ow.

I managed to break a bone in my hand.  I did not go to the doctor for 6 days because although my hand was quite swollen and bruised I thought I just pulled a muscle or sprained my wrist. I’ve never broken bones before, so I didn’t know what it would feel like/what to expect.  I decided though (after much urging from pretty much everyone) that since it is my right hand and I do so many activities with my hands that I should probably go get it checked out, because I would not want to mess up future knitting and crocheting, music playing, martial arts, calligraphy, etc.

The doctors did an X-ray and I could see where the metacarpal that connects to my pinky was messed up; a little chunk came completely off right at the base where it connects to my wrist. It was a little late then to do much about it other than wear a splint for a few days (I took good care of it for the first 6 days even though I didn’t think it was as bad as it turned out to be), and I’ve been wearing various braces and Ace bandages pretty much nonstop ever since.

How did I break a bone in my hand, you might ask?  Well, it was completely my fault; it was during a kung fu class and I threw a bad punch. Since I didn’t think it was serious though I finished the class, which probably wasn’t good for my hand.  I haven’t been back to class since because I needed to let my bone heal a little bit, and to be honest I am a little embarrassed. I will have to wear a brace during class for another few weeks at least and it will definitely get in the way, but my Sifu told me that I shouldn’t let it stop me from coming because we would find things that I could work on.  I think I am going to go tonight. I’m feeling a bit reclusive which is probably my anxiety and depression and I kind of just want to stay home, but I know that going to class again will be good for me. I’ll just have to be careful about my hand, that’s all.

Needless to say this means that I have not been doing a whole lot of knitting or crocheting. I did actually attempt to knit some on the third or fourth day before I went to the doctor, and while it didn’t exactly hurt it was slow and just wasn’t working. It’s been maddening not to be able to go to my kung fu class or to knit or crochet or practice calligraphy or play musical instruments. I’ve been sitting around the house doing a whole lot of TV watching and not much else. I don’t think I’m really even supposed to be typing so I’m using the dictation feature on my computer to put this text in, and I’ve been having to do the same at work with all of my paperwork, which has been frustrating.

Luckily, the doctor said that bones usually take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to heal, which is faster than I expected, although it still kind of sucks. He also said that it could potentially still feel bad for a while after that, but I’m not too worried about that. It doesn’t hurt at all when I’m just resting or even moving around, it just hurts when I try to use it to pick up stuff or open doors (occasionally I will forget that it is broken and start to do something like that, only to immediately stop).

So yeah, that’s what’s been going on with me. Sorry there weren’t any pictures in this post.  I will have a really good post up on Sunday however, which just might involve a giveaway, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

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who doesn’t like matching hats (& a new blanket)?

Well, maybe some people don’t like matching stuff.  But for realsies guys this is just too cute.

I made my 8th Ribbed Waffle Hat out of the same We Are Knitters The Meriwool yarn that I used to make The Olympia Cowl, and it is so cozy!Ribbed Waffle Hat

Here they are together:

The Olympia Cowl

Really it was below freezing when I took that picture and I had wet hair because I didn’t have time to blow-dry it before work, and I didn’t even shiver or get goosebumps.  So warm.  Amazing.

OK so on to the crochet.  I’ve been wanting to do a blanket for ages and just couldn’t decide what I wanted, then I got some inspiration from Instagram and decided that I would make a giant chevron blanket to cover my king size bed, all in one color.  So I got 20 balls of Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the colorway 255 Vintage Pink (100% acrylic, because really, how else could I ever afford to make a king size blanket?), which equals 4,020 yards.

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After looking at how far one ball got me, I’m thinking I may have undershot it a bit:

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I’ll probably need at least one more 10-pack (that’s one of the cool things about this yarn, you can get it in bulk from LoveKnitting and they have so many shades & more types of yarn to choose from).  It’s a good price for the yardage (trust me, I did lots of math comparing other cheap acrylic yarns), & it’s softer than Red Heart Classic/Super Saver yarn, which gives me callouses if I work with it too long.  It should also be hardwearing, which is good since I have a husband and 2 dogs.

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Aside from finishing this project I’ll probably try other types & colors of Paintbox Yarns.  If you’ve tried them, let me know what you think!

OK, well that’s all for today.  I’m gonna go start on the third ball of the blanket, get some dinner, & go to Wing Chun class later.  See you soon, thanks for stopping by!

pattern release: the olympia cowl!

 

I’m so excited to share my very first knitting pattern with you!  I worked very hard to get it just right and I hope you enjoy making it.  If you have any questions or problems, please let me know!

the olympia cowl

difficulty level:

medium

finished size:

22″ circumference, 20″ H

materials:

  • 2 balls of We Are Knitters Meriwool in the colorway Sprinkle Fantasy or 297  yds (272 m) of a worsted yarn of your choice
  • US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 24″ circular needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors

the olympia cowl

download free PDF pattern

If you have any problems or questions, feel free to comment or send me a message using the contact form available in the menu bar!  I hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

The Olympia Cowl

I forgot my Victoria Shawl!

2017 isn’t starting off great for me.  I’ve been sick since Friday and this morning it was raining & on my first day back to work (bleh) I discovered that water was leaking through the ceiling light fixture near the rearview mirror into my car.  I’m making steps to try and be happier in general though, so I’ll update on those if any come through for me.

Anyway, this shawl was blocked and finished in 2016 but I didn’t add it into my gallery of 2016 projects because I didn’t think it was complete! Turns out it totally was.  I just needed to take pictures, that was the only thing left.  I guess I’ll count it as a 2017 project.

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This is the Victoria Shawl by Sandra Paul (hey that rhymes!).  I used 818 yds of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Seashell (75% merino, 25% nylon/polyamide), which was less than 2 skeins.

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I think I’ll give this to someone for Christmas NEXT year.  BAM, who’s got two thumbs and is already started on Christmas presents for next year?  This girl!

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I also have a scarf and like 5 hats that I can gift as well.  I’m well on my way already!

I’m also well on my way to having my Olympia Cowl blocked and as soon as it dries and I get photos, you get the pattern!

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I didn’t purposefully stretch out the ribs so much, it just kinda naturally happened.  We’ll see what it looks like when it’s dry and I pull out the pins!

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Also for Christmas my awesome in-laws got me the Ikea cart I’ve been wanting (thank you so much guys!!!), and it is now the cart I am using to keep important stuff away from puppies and off the coffee table (which was embarrassingly cluttered):

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And yes, my computer’s at the bottom, but the puppy couldn’t easily get at it.  Here’s what’s on the top shelf:

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3 WIPs, my crochet hooks & notions bags, and a mug and a cup which I have declared exclusively mine so that neither my husband nor his friends will use them and then not wash them.  I am guaranteed to have clean cups.  That’s a big deal, ya’ll.  Maybe if I move my computer I could put my electric kettle and my tins of tea on the cart for convenient soothing beverages.

Ok that’s all for me guys, thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

looking back on 2016!

I can’t say that 2016 was my best year but there were some great times too, and the not-so-good times ended up making me a stronger person so I can’t really complain.  The New Year’s resolution I made last year to make a certain number of projects in 2016 was blown out of the water; I made WAY more stuff than in 2015, and put out some patterns too!  Below is a gallery of my finished objects (there are some that are complete for the most part but haven’t been blocked or still have ends that are unwoven, so I don’t count them as finished although they certainly took up a bunch of time!), followed by a gallery of life moments as well:

I think I forgot to take photos of a hat that I didn’t end up liking, but other than that I think that’s everything that’s fully complete! On to the moments that I posted about here:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, really!  I just realized how much less I posted about my personal life in 2016 in relation to projects.  I’ll try and post more life events next year.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I wish you all a happy New Year!  Let’s do our best to make 2017 amazing!

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