Friday, January 20, 2006

You Call This a Knitting Blog?



Contrary to the impression of late, I am still a knitter. You just might not know it from reading this blog.

Bear with me. I've some fun to stuff to show, once Marilyn's illustrations are further along and my brother-in-law's Web site is quite finished and everybody who has ordered a print from me has got the print and my effing shoulder no longer feels like it's being bitten by a long-toothed rodent whenever I move it a certain way.

One thing I've discovered is that knitting has become so much a part of my daily routine that when it's removed, it actively disturbs my brain. I keep reaching for yarn and needles that are not there. Last night, I fell asleep mentally working the chart of my gansey in my head.

Twenty-four hours in a day used to seem interminably long. Now I'm afraid I'm going to have to write to Yarn Harlot and find out where she purchased the additional 12 hours per day that allow her to get her work done and still knit fair isle that makes my eyes cross.

23 comments:

the fiddlin' fool said...

I hope you can find the time to come to Argo this Tuesday. Looking forward to meeting you.

ck said...

Sorry to hear your shoulder is still bothering you!

Buzz said...

I always laugh out loud at the vaguely startled looks on your sheep's faces...

Helen said...

It's good to know that there are other people who feel ... wrong .. when deprived of knitting.
It's disturbing to know that another knitter's shoulder is behaving that way. Hope yours gets better SOON! I'm giving in, and going to call the professionals to see if I can get mine repaired.. that twingy thing with teeth in it has GOT to go.

marie in florida said...

gansey mantra; that's all good.

use using a thermacare heating pad? the self sitcking kind? i love 'em.
i carry my knitting whereever i go, so i get ya. hurry up health and return to Franklin

Anonymous said...

I feel for you, not being able to knit. I really enjoy your posts and drawing, so you are not depriving US of anything.

Take care and I hope you feel better son.

Jo
in Sydney, Oz

Yvonne said...

I can relate to how you are feeling - thankfully after 6 weeks of non-knitting I found a brilliant cranial osteopath and can now do a few gentle rows.

I think the pain caused delusions - I've signed up to the harlot's challenge!

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one who knit myself to sleep . . .

-Becca

Anonymous said...

When the Harlot couldn't knit, she crocheted a poncho.

janine said...

You are not alone, I fall asleep mentally knitting my latest design before it is even on the needles. It is mazing how many mistakes you can avoid by virtually knitting something :-)

Ann said...

Oh my God that is such a Baltimore hon sheep. And if you don't know what that is, you'll have to come to S&W and then detour into the Hon Cafe in Baltimore. There is a reason John Waters is from Baltimore....In fact, you may have to send that in to next year's S&W logo contest with a new caption.....
"It's MARYLAND S&W time, Hon...."
As for not knitting...it's a bummer, eh?
I did that by breaking my fricking hand and going to rehab for months. Once the pins were out the PT was happy to hear I was itching to knit (I did a fair isle hat on tiny needles) to get the hand back working again.
Rest and heat for the shoulder, hon.
Get out your design pad and work out some
designs and have them ready to spring off
the needles.

Jon said...

Not to detour around your posting, but the Hon Cafe is just a few blocks from Brian's house.

What about a nice steam, hot tub and massage? The real kind. Not the kind you get from disreputable masseurs expecting a large, um, tip, at the end.

I'm sorry your shoulder is aching you puddin....

Rabbitch said...

Oh my dog ... are you going to have to miss ... THE OLYMPICS???

*thud*

Oh do come join us. I'm going to knit lace.

And drink.

You know the results will be horrible -- but think of the posts!

Rana said...

Is it any comfort to know that I burst out laughing -- a genuine bleating guffaw -- when I saw that tall-fleeced sheep? :)

Aidan said...

Yonkele:

600 mg of ibuprofin every four hours.
Hot soaking baths twice a day.
Chicken soup qid via IV
And who knows, if the reputable massage doesn't help, maybe one of those disreputable massages might just do the trick.

I am sorry you are feeling puny. But you must put all of your effort into getting better. We need you on Tuesdays, bubbelah!

Marilyn said...

I'm afraid I'll have to pass on the Knitting Olympics too. Since I find knitalongs anathema, particularly when there's a deadline.

I would guess that the Yarn Harlot gets a lot accomplished the same way I do--she doesn't go out to work. I find that not working has increased my production plenty. If you don't work, you've got those extra 12 hours.

dragon knitter said...

does this mean you won't be competing in the knit olympics? aw, shucks, franklin! it would be fun to see what you would consider a challenge (you with the first sweater with WORDS on it!)

Generous said...

I was thrilled to learn in your cranky Thursday post that I might be able to commission a sheep picture as a gift for a fellow Panopticon-lover. But since he/she reads the blog (yes, it might be YOU, you lucky thing) I don't want to reveal myself here. Could you post a location/business address where such a discussion could be carried on in private?

kylieps said...

You poor thing! I hope your arm feels better soon. I know what it's like to fall asleep with sweater patterns dancing in your head, and to not be able to just get up and knit them must be awful.

Carol said...

Can you stand another suggestion for Panopticon merchandise?

Valentines.

If you hurry, you can get them ready before the big day.

Hope your shoulder is better. I miss seeing your knitting.

M-H said...

I second the osteopath recommendation. I would try and find one who does myofascial release. My life has been changed by this therapy!

Sahara said...

I can actually go a coupla days without knitting, usually after I finish a customer order where I have to knit fast and continuously. It's really hard on public transit though, especially if I don't have a book.

How do you feel about acupuncture for your shoulder? I have a good acupuncturist, who did wonders for my shoulders in ONE visit.

LauraJ said...

Anybody suggested arnica? The ointment, the massage oil, and the per-orem? Stuff works. Health foody places that sell homeopathic remedies. Couldn't hurt.

My mother swears by DMSO but it makes me itch.

All better soon< Laura