Saturday, August 20, 2016

IT'S BACK TO KNITTING


Notice it says "cooler" not "cold".  I am not ready for cold weather, but I could use it just a mite cooler.  It only got up to 89*F today so the heat wave is broken.  But it's going up in the 90s for the next two days and then the high 80s.  At least it's better than it has been.

I went back to my knitting a couple of days ago.  I had to stop about a month ago because the arthritis in my hands and arms got too bad for me to handle the needles.  When I am in severe pain and have to take pills to be able to sleep, the knitting is not worth it.  But I am better now and will try to finish up before the next attack happens.  I never know when that will be.

I'm hoping that the third time's the charm.  I was doing it with thicker cotton yarn and larger needles.  It was coming along good and then I lost count.  I started messing up and the side started waving in and out instead of being straight.  So I ripped that out, bought new yarn and needles and started over.

The second shawl was made with smaller needles and finer yarn.  I was doing good, but had a hard time seeing the stitches because the yarn was so fine.  Then the arthritis happened.  When I went back to it, I had no idea what row I was on or what I was doing.  So I ripped it all out and started over.

Now I am using a little thicker yarn but the same small needles.  It is something I had and I have to get rid of some of the yarn I have in the house.  I have so much!  This time it is coming along beautifully.  I have still made some mistakes.  Some I was able to correct, some I ripped out rows to get to it to correct it.  But most I just fixed in the next row as best as I could.  I took some pictures of it so you can see.  Last night I finished part 2 of the 5 parts to this shawl.  It is the 2016 mystery shawl where you get part of the pattern each week for 5 weeks with no pictures so you have no idea what you are knitting until it's finished.  Since it was finished the end of June it now has a name -- Thistle Rambles.




I will show you each step as I finish it.  It should be interesting to see how it changes each time.

A side note here.  My brother Larry is celebrating an anniversary on his blog.  Stop on over to explorationphotography.blogspot.com and wish him well.  I know he would appreciate it.

Until later...

Kathy



12 comments:

  1. I'm all for cooler! Can't wait to put on a jacket & go for longer doggie walks. love the shawl!

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    1. Thanks. Can't wait to show you the shawl in person.

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  2. Hi Kathy! I too am ready for Fall. I think Fall is probably my favorite season! I'm sorry your arthritis effects you so much. I have a little in my thumbs but can usually do what I want too. Now your shawl is just gorgeous! You're a great knitter. I can crochet but never learned to knit! If I lived closer, maybe you could teach me. Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Fall is my favorite season too. Sure I would teach you to knit. Anytime. If only we didn't live in different states!

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  3. We've had cooler nights this past week, and I'm loving it !
    I knitted lots of baby cardigans and shawls when I was younger, but not made anything in the past ten years, carpel tunnel seems to flair up.
    Have a great weekend Kathy.
    ~Jo

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    1. Knitting really is tough on the hands. I can do it only for short periods of time.

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  4. I admire your knitting skills! I tried but I am so not good at it!

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    1. My great-grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 6 and knit when I was 7. It is a real skill and I'm so happy I know how to do it. It's a relaxing past time for me.

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  5. It was 61 degrees this morning and it felt sooooo good. We had three tornadoes in our part of Ohio last night. They did some damage but no lives were lost. We were thankful for the rain.

    Glad you are back to knitting. Hope that you can finish your piece before another arthritis flare. That has to be discouraging. Wishing you well!

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    1. It's cooler here but not 61* by a long shot. I didn't hear about the tornadoes. Glad no one was killed.

      I'm still working on the shawl. I will do it until the pain gets so bad again. At least this time I'm keeping a good record of where I am so that if I have to stop I will know where I am.

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  6. How gorgeous! I never learned to knit well enough to do something this intricate! You are amazing! Hugs!

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    1. It takes some doing. And I didn't learn overnight. I still have a lot of trouble with something like this. I tore it out over and over. Thanks for the nice compliment.

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