Thursday, April 4, 2019

Yes, I have been very quiet

The long and short of it is that I broke my left wrist. Both the distal radius and ulnar avulsion are fractured.  And yes, I am right handed, but as a Continental Knitter I use my left hand for tension...

But let me recap and start at the beginning.  That’s start at the beginning of the year.
It all started off so well with finishing five knitted gifts in January alone!

I also finished two pairs of socks in my final sock knitting class.

And I finished my Even Flow Cardigan which I had put on the back burner while working on gifts during the Holiday Season.

You could say I was on a roll.

I also finished The Boyfriend sweater in under two weeks beginning of February.

Then it was time to go on vacation and I put my Helenium sweater aside ( too much to schlepp around) and started on a pair of socks for my eldest son and a simple raglan sweater for my sister.

And then it happened.  Hiking down a steep embankment to catch the sunset on the beach, I lost my footing.  Legs went flying forward, the rest of me propelled back and I remember thinking “ I better brace myself before hitting my head”.  I did roll slightly to the left, ever protective of my right hand.  So there...hand was swollen and painful for the remainder of the vacation, which I must say I still did enjoy.  Who wouldn’t enjoy Costa Rica in Winter?!

Fast forward two weeks and back home I did get an x-ray only to find out that what I thought was ( only) a sprain is in fact ( also) a fracture ( or rather two).

So now I am sporting a pretty green cast and moping around, trying to explore and enjoy things other than knitting, cooking or baking ( I don’t mind so much that I can’t clean ๐Ÿ˜‰). I am also looking at this time as a test in patience.
The cast did come off yesterday and I now have a custom fitted hot pink brace for the next four weeks.  The nice thing about this is that I can take it off to shower.

There are lots of ideas and well meant suggestions such as loom knit, crochet, use a knitting belt....but somehow I am just too stubborn for now, trying to ride it out until I can knit again properly and with both hands.  Especially for those pieces which are half way done I need to make sure that I get the same tension and gauge.
I did start to crochet a simple dishcloth/ washcloth, but it is slow going and more frustrating than it is worth it.

But anybody who knows me, knows that I will bounce back and that in the meantime I don’t think about it too much, but rather use my time to explore other things I can do such as read a book, take a walk, visit with friends, play Scrabble. Oh, and how can I forget?! I still do give knitting lessons.  I have been giving everyone the choice to reschedule, but everyone (so far) has been very kind and has me talk them through their projects rather than demonstrating ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿงถ
Life is Good.