After the wonderful success that was last week, this week has been the evil doppelgänger. I have accomplished very little in the way of knitting. The reason for this was waking up last Sunday feeling like someone had beat me about the right arm with a baseball bat. I have no idea exactly what caused the muscle strain, but it was bad enough that for the last seven days even the most mundane tasks have been a challenge. I couldn’t raise my arm above my head, holding my hairdryer was out of the question, and getting dressed was a challenge. One of the most painful moments each morning was putting on my bra. There’s a little action that I think we all must do right after you’ve put the strap over your shoulder where you adjust it to make it lay flat and assure that it’s in right spot. I’ve never really paid attention to that action until this week when it reduced me to tears. But there is good news. After about Wednesday my arm has started to feel better every day, and I almost have a full range of motion back. My arm is still sore, but now it feels more like I’ve been hit with a wooden spoon and the throbbing isn’t constant. My arm feels more exhausted than continuously sore.
I was still able to get some knitting finished this week. Two more blanket squares for the Noro blanket.
That means I only have two to go! But knitting was a huge production that involved having to jab my elbow into my hip bone and smash my arm between my body and a ton of pillows to keep it from moving. Even with all that I could only knit for a few minutes before my arm was throbbing and exhausted and I was becoming cranky and whiny. (My husband will confirm that I don’t complain about pain very often. I am very stubborn and there isn’t much that can slow me down this long. He’s actually pretty convinced I’ve torn a muscle. So thanks for letting me whine here.)
And that’s when I discovered I could still spin!!!!! I had started to try to find a few minutes each day to sit at the wheel, but now that was really all I could do with my stupid complaining arm and look what I finished.
Later today it’s going to be wound onto my Niddy Noddy and then be given a little bath. I’m very excited and this week wasn’t a complete write-off.
I am hoping in the coming week to finish the remaining squares and my BFF’s birthday gift, and cast on my Mum’s socks. I would like to spend some time with the final wing of my Mother-in-Law’s Astrick and if I’m really really organized get back to Christine’s gift. (I’ve figured out she does read this blog from time to time. I still expect you to act surprised if you saw the start of your Christmas gift. Oh and if you’ve seen it and hate it, let me know that too so I won’t keep knitting it.)
I hope you had a better knitting week than I did.