Trying to Breathe, Work and Knit

Posted on 14, March 2007 by

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With my eyes bigger than my stomach, I really have bitten off more than I can chew. Since I last posted, a bunch of miniature items have sprung into huge projects. My weekend was consumed by Sock Madness’ initial “time” round. I began knitting the given “Mad Cow” pattern at 7AM-ET on Saturday, stopped for a sleep break around 1:30AM Sunday, and completed the pair of socks around midnight of Monday. Because I held the needles in my right hand so tightly, I ended up pinching a nerve which affected my right arm from shoulder to the fingertips. I have not knitted since finishing the socks, and slowly has my arm come back to life. First the upper arm stopped the constant feeling of prickling pins. On Tuesday, only my right ring finger was numb. Today the end joint of that right ring finger gives the numbing sensation as if it was slammed into a door jam or had a heavy weight dropped on it. I know time is the healer, but I was able to realign my right hand in order to finish the socks. After all, “No pain; no gain!”

Because I needed more breaks than usual on Sunday, and because I realized that I did not need to worry too much about my bracket, I stole a couple of hours and ran over to Yarns at Lacewings’ Pawtucket store to take advantage of Mary’s 50%-off clearance sale. I managed to get some solid colors of Koigu, a pair of Classic Elite’s Wings hanks in Easter green, and the single ball of Cascade’s Indulgence in ebony so I can attempt to knit up Arwen. The Indulgence will be my 3rd attempt of finding a yarn I can use. Coming back from Lacewings, I figured I would fill up my tank in neighboring Massachusetts, and was able to snap a couple of neat sky photos while crossing Providence’s Washington Bridge.

Lastly, before I stop now and get to bed, I must share details of what I have been planning with Guido of “It’s a Purlman” fame. Both of us were inspired to see Stephanie’s kick-off in New York’s FIT next week, and both of us are planning to go with as many folks who want to meet us. We also are going to be holding a 6-foot by 4-foot banner on the “Today Show” that morning, and the fantastically kind folks of WEBS will be paying the banner’s cost. Please check out the invitation that I posted on Knittyboard and let me know if you want to join us. If possible, please pass the invitation along to anyone who would be interested too. Meanwhile, we are looking for someone to design the banner which needs to include the WEBS logo on the right-hand corner. Any ideas? We want to see!! =:8

Edit: Guido has a great description of what we are looking for. In fact, I am willing to offer as an incentive for the winning design two hand-dyed hanks of Great Big Sea Silk yarn by Handmaiden.