Well… this summer didn’t go at ALL as I had planned. My initial thought is: Darnit!
I didn’t get to go to Belize. My Southern California vacation got cut short. And the worst part of all – I have had to stop knitting and crocheting!!
Oh this is just so frustrating y’all. I can’t even begin to tell you. It’s not like I have a lot of time to knit these days but a girl always likes to have the option, you know? And now…nothing.
I have tendonitis in my right thumb. I did it to myself by making a series of pen drawings and holding the pen too tightly. And then I made it worse by not stopping the repetitive motion of knitting/crochet before really messing it up.
I think there’s still hope that someday I might get it back to “normal” – but for now I can’t bend it and I’ve been banned from some of my favorite hobbies.
I've visited the doctor and the acupuncturist. And like I said, I’m still a bit hopeful that someday I’ll be able to get back to normal stuff. But in the meantime, it’s caused me to reevaluate things, at least on a short-term basis.
I have defined myself as a knitter for a very long time. I am a knitter. A Yarn-Bomber. A Fiber Enthusiast. But now all I can do is look at my stash longingly and then glare at my immobilized thumb menacingly.
Who am I if not a knitter?
Being forced to ask myself this question over the summer has actually been beneficial. I have had to look at things a little differently – due to my injury, and due to the various family circumstances that interfered with my vacations. And here’s what happened.
1. The Boyfriend and I have decided to move in together. This is fabulous news! Life is short and why not shack up with the most awesome guy ever. I am going to rent out my house, and move in with him, and then we’ll do some remodeling. I’m really looking forward to making a home with this person. The process has begun.
2. I recently remembered that I have a Cricket Loom in my closet. I bought it a few years ago and my Dad kind of showed me how to use it once, but I got frustrated quickly and it was at a time when my mom was sick and my attention span wasn't the greatest. However, I’m very interested in weaving some art pieces with all the weird scrap yarn I have (and Aunt DXZ gave me some fun things to weave with too – thanks Aunt!)
3. I also remembered that I sort of liked sewing. Not clothes or anything – that stuff is too complicated for me. It’s like you need to know Geometry to sew clothing. I’m out. BUT – I’m interested in making some other practical things, like cloth napkins, or table runners and also I’m interested in the technique of quilting. I don’t want to make any granny-type traditional quilts – but rather more free-form things, or more modern designs with big blocks of color or something.
4. Last weekend I bought a beginner’s Cross-Stitch kit. I kind of stink at cross-stitch to begin with, and the fact that my eyes are getting weird (read: OLD) and my “multi-focal contacts” still can’t get close-up focusing right – these things are not in my favor so cross-stitch might not stick, but I was desperate. Desperate for something yarn-ish.
5. I thought I had given away my mom's knitting machine, but I didn't! I did, however, accidentally throw away part of it... so I'll have to see if it's something I can order separately otherwise I'm still out of luck. But maybe a knitting machine can be manipulated even while wearing a thumb brace...!?
The amount of planning and coordination and time involved in Point #1 means I haven’t had time or space to really investigate Points 2, 3 or 5. But they’re on the radar! And Point #4 – well, we’ll see how that goes…
So, I have lots of things to look forward to and lots and LOTS of things to do. I’ll be careful not to make my thumb worse as I try to get all this stuff done.
It’s nice to know that even though things don’t always turn out the way I want them to, things can still be OK. Plus, I might just discover some more things that I really enjoy doing, But I’d still like to be able to bend my thumb.
And I may not have gotten to spend as much time as I’d have liked on the beach this summer. But that’s OK. Maybe I’ll take this Friday off and go to the Mall.