Let’s start with apologies: I’m a bad blogger, you know it, I know it, I just don’t do it regularly. Okay, I’m glad I got that off my chest.
Now, what have I been knitting? Not a lot, actually. My husband had a gallstone attack on Mother’s day and I spent that evening with him in the ER, knitting away on my blue Etesian sweater while leaning awkwardly in an ER chair. The next day, my elbow started to hurt. Then I did a bunch of data entry for my job and it hurt more. And my forearm hurt. And… it hasn’t totally gone away. A mom at school who is a doctor told me that she thought it was tennis elbow, I’ve had acupuncture three times for it, which has helped, but it still aches and my forearm muscles are still very tight.
(My husband is fine now, though gall bladder-free and on a doctor ordered low fat diet and kind of sad about that.)
So, I took a break from knitting, mostly. I have been crocheting quite a bit, though.
Dave, from Chub Creek, posted on Twitter that someone should make him a coffee carafe and mug cozy, so I did.
Completely by accident, it arrived just before his birthday. He sent me a thank you Chub Creek mug in return.
Which is enormous. I use it in the morning to pretend I’m drinking giant mugs of coffee, even though I can’t drink real coffee any more because it makes me insane. (It’s hell getting old.)
Next up in the FO parade: little bag for Brenda Dayne‘s A Memorable Yarn project.
I used yarn from Karen’s stash and embroidered a pink K on it since pink was Karen’s favorite color. The Memorable Yarn event that I attended at A Verb for Keeping Warm ended up being held on the anniversary of Karen’s passing, so it was quite appropriate.
Speaking of pink… I finished my impulsively started Annis.
I was knitting it one evening with my knitting friends and I said I didn’t think I’d ever wear this pink shawl with a beaded edge and my friend Teenuh said that she loved it. Her birthday was coming up so… problem solved! And the shawl has a new home with someone who loves pink and sparkly beads. Perfect.
When I was working on Dave’s cozies my younger son commented that he loved that blue color and would I please make him something with it? When I asked what he’d like he decided on a blankie for his stuffed dog, Snowball.
Stuffed dogs are easy to please. My son liked it too.
Last, but not least, my friend Pam’s son is having his bar mitzvah and at some point earlier in the year she mentioned that she might need help making yarmulkes. I decided that knitting them was a) too hard on my elbow and b) too time consuming. After knitting three I settled into crochet and made eight crocheted yarmulkes (plus the three knitted ones).
I stacked them at knit night and it reminded me of Caps for Sale, a book I loved as a child. I’m still thinking that I need to write Yarmulkes for Sale! I just need an illustrator.
Whew. Are you still with me? Good. I have more pictures. This time of yarn that I bought while visiting my brother and his family in NJ. Did you know that in NJ they don’t charge sales tax for yarn because (like clothing) it is an “essential”? A belief that yarn is essential: I like that in a state.
I got some Berroco Origami on sale for a sweater I’ve been wanting to make for two years.
And then I got some single skeins of Rowan Cotton Jeans that were also on sale.
I am not sure what I’ll do with those. I thinking maybe some crochet coasters or something similar.
There was also Rowan Calmer in the sale bin.
The colors are more different than they look in the pictures. I see hats and mitts in that yarn’s future.
I don’t know if anyone stuck with me through this long, picture-heavy post. Maybe if I posted more often I wouldn’t have so many pictures to share at once. Maybe.
MA also has no sales tax on clothes nor on things that can be made into clothes such as fabric, yarn, and thread. 🙂 As much as I loved that when I was a college student, now I think I’d rather be in IA where they don’t tax groceries.
I love that Stefan wanted a blanket for his stuffed dog–that is too cute!
Re: tennis elbow. I had that for awhile when I was a research tech and the physical therapist said it could sometimes be caused (or exacerbated) by keeping your arm bent while you sleep. They sell things to help you keep from bending your arm while you sleep, but she suggested I take a sock, cut the toe out of it, then pull it up over my elbow and stuff it with more socks or a tennis ball to keep my arm from bending while I slept. It wasn’t glamorous, but it worked!
I think they also don’t tax groceries in NJ, but I could be wrong.
I do tend to bend my arm when I sleep. Hm. I also noticed that it hurt in the night less when I was camping and sleeping straight in a sleeping bag instead of all bent up like I usually do. Thanks for the tip!
You got some nice yarns.
Is Rowan Jeans the same as Rowan Denim? I’ve got a pattern for a crocheted toddler sweater that calls for Rowan Denim, but I’m not willing to pay $90 to make a sweater my son will probably refuse to wear because he says all jackets/sweaters/coats/button shirts are “too big!” Not that single skeins would help anyway, but a sale sure would. (Not that I’d go to NJ for yarn anyway so there’s really no point to this comment except to say that I’ve been ogling Rowan yarns.)
And have you thought of seeing an osteopath for your elbow? I swear by them now for all of my aches and pains. I was going to recommend one to you, but I know that you know one of the same osteopaths that I know.
No, cotton jeans is not the same as Rowan Denim. If you want to make a a denim sweater, though, Elann has a yarn that you can sub in.
I used it to make sweaters for my kids once. Stefan still wears the one I made for Niels at that point. Niels refused to wear the sweater I knit for him three years ago so I haven’t knit him another sweater since. If he ever gets around to actually asking for one, maybe I’ll consider it.
I keep forgetting, are you on Ravelry? If so, I’m abigailvr there too. We should be friends there.
I have thought about seeing the osteopath we both know but my insurance doesn’t cover acupuncture or that and I can’t really pay out of pocket for a lot of appointments right now. I need to get into see my regular Dr and get her to refer me to a PT. I could afford a copay.
Thanks for the substitute yarn link! Woo-hoo!
I’d forgotten about the insurance bit with osteopathy. Here in MA (with the health plan whose designer will no longer claim it), they told me they’d cover it up front and it’s covered just like an out-of-network office visit. I had already budgeted in visits, though, even if it was full price, I’m that much of a convert to it. I did PT for sciatica for a while when I was pregnant and my osteopath was ill, but after two months of weekly visits, it only helped a bit. One visit with my osteopath, and I was able to walk pain-free again. That’s not to say PT wouldn’t work for you, I’m just explaining why I’m so zealous about osteopathy. But I’ll stop talking about it now.
And yes, I am on Ravelry, although fairly sporadically. I’ll look you up.