I have one half of a new FO to share.... my Mock Croc sock number one got to the finish line yesterday, as we were waiting in the Jeep to meet someone... I sewed up the toe then cast on for sock number two, and that is where the title comes in.
My hands have issued an ultimatum. They don't want better wages. They say they get enough chocolate. They say it isn't the recent activity with spindles either. My hands insist that making socks with tiny needles must stop temporarily to allow them to recuperate. I am not a particularly fast knitter, but in taking a look at the list of FOs I am keeping this year, I realized that it has been plain, unadulterated socks around here, except for one small break to make a quickie scarf, and another to finish up the purse last week, for the past month and a half.... I guess that's too long.
I have had to pace myself with my hands for years... I started using computers regularly in my jobs back in 1982 (I know, that's before some of you were even born, and yes, it does make me feel old just to think of it; excuse me a moment while I go sob in the corner). OK, I'm back and willing to admit that I have had a home computer since 1989 (I had a geek friend who picked one up used for me at the San Jose electronic flea market, back in the day).
I went through a phase of prolonged recovery when I began teaching high school ten years ago and returned to college to finish my BA and get my MA. I was no longer chained to a keyboard eight hours a day and couldn't knit much either, as I had so much reading to do for my coursework. I steadily worked with my chiropracter and with yoga. I eat better these days and get "enough" exercise, but am always trying to incorporate more for my hands... however am just finishing a stint of several months of heavy computer work with compulsive sock-knitting thrown in.
I decided there were several things I could do right away...
Start knitting something different with bigger needles; last night I started a simple mohair triangle shawl which will be in the shop as one of my "featured artist" items in May. It felt very comforting to slowly knit along, in Continental (one of my sock-knitting issues is that I have to knit them using the throw method, which I find harder on my hands), while watching an awesome National Geographic special on the Galapagos islands..... it felt soft and reassuring to know that I didn't have to abandon knitting entirely.
The other thing I could do was take a day off... luckily I already knew I had Monday off to make up for working this coming Friday. We decided to take the dogs up to our other house in Forest City (it's only 23 miles each way)
It is very early spring up at 4500 feet, with a storm gradually coming in this afternoon. There is still snow in the shady places, but only a few inches... the runoff has filled the old community swimming pool, abandoned for over 50 years.
The water is a beautiful blue-green, but the grass isn't green there yet... I made a yummy cooked lunch for us and read in the sun on the porch... no knitting or spinning allowed this afternoon. Rest is the order of the day.
Elwood was enchanted that he could walk right up and take a drink from the pool.
I am fortunate that my new job does not require the intensive computer usage that my old one did... I have also cut back on my blog posting, and will probably try to limit it to a few times a week until my hands are a bit better... I want to be able to read and respond to people as much or more than I post, and need to figure out where that balance point is. I have a call in to the chiropracter for an appointment as well.... anybody know if paraffin hand treatments work?