Not much from me last week because on Friday I woke up with a stiff neck. Well, that is painful but nothing a good pain killer couldn’t set right, I thought. I survived Friday at work pretty well in retrospective but it got progressively worse from there on. By Saturday night I was in such agony that I was wondering if I shouldn’t go to the emergency room if only for some painkillers straight away. I wasn’t able to lie down and couldn’t sleep. Sunday morning brought a little bit of relaxation but then it got worse again. Sunday evening I was in the hospital. The doctor didn’t take much of a look, said it was a stiff neck, gave me pain killers and some muscle relaxan and said if I would take one of those pills, that would knock me out for at least four hours, time enough to sleep and relax those muscles at least that far that I could sleep the rest of the night too. At 4 a.m., three painkillers and both of those relexan pills later I was still sitting as I couldn’t lie down and was close to crying because I was super tired but couldn’t sleep because of the pain. Somehow I must have managed to fall asleep but 3 hours later it was more than obvious I couldn’t go to work and seriously needed to see a doctor. And here finally someone took me serious. The doctor too took it for a stiff neck but she said that the only thing that would get you out of pain was relaxing those rock hard muscles. It got progressively better from there. A mixture of pain killers and heat got me moving again. Today I’m still not completely ok but last night I actually even slept well. Yeah!
Why am I writing this in a Yarn along post you might ask. Well first of all because I wanted to complain a little and then because during my time of limited movements I spend a whole lot of time on the sofa knitting because knitting didn’t enhace the pain and if I kept my head motionless it was even nearly painfree. But I needed something fairly simple to keep me occupied so I started a pair of socks and finished it. I think I chose those bright colours to cheer me up. I had to cheat a bit and add some extra stripes because otherwise I would have managed to work two socks out of one skein. Can you see which parts don’t belong to the actual yarn colouring?Than I knit a few more rows on my lace shawl. I know it will be beautiful. But it is growing so slowly. I manage to knit four rows in a row but not more. I’ve done the lace repeat that you can repeat as long as your shawl has grown to the size you want it so be now nearly three times. And I need to repeat it at least three or four more times before the shawl has a decent size. This could take another few months…Other than that I used the train ride on Wednesday and Thursday to add to my sweater sleeeve but to be honest, this knit didn’t thrill me much this week. And I finished clue 1 of my mystery knit. On monday I was nearly glad for being on sickleave. I was able to sit on the sofa and knit through clue 2 of the mystery KAL. It is weird. The form the knit has taken so far is more mysterious than really beautiful and I don’t like the colour that much. It is a really really bright coral. Yet when I wrapped it around my neck for the first time after finishing clue 2 last night, it did look good and the colour suits me. What more can you ask for? I’m curious what will happen in clue 3.As for reading I’m just finishing Mörderische Tage by Andreas Franz which is a crime story. Nothing much to write home about but good enough to follow through and started The Rosary Girls by Richard Montanari. This one is actually quite good if you like a bit psychopathic crime stories.
After stating last week that I had three current projects and four hibernating ones AND wanted to join a Mystery KAL I thought I should finish something first before the KAL started on Monday. And so I did.Michael’s hat is quite nice for a completly made up pattern, I think. He wanted the hat to be slouchy but I guess he isn’t used to wearing a slouchy hat quite yet. But the wool is so soft so I guess he’ll get used to it. Next I finished the Stockholm Cowl. It would have been nicer had it been a little wider. But when you are stashbusting like me and mixing different yarns and run out of one colour than this determines the width of your cowl. But I’m pretty fine with it. I can wrap it around my neck three times and then it is pretty thick and cosy too. The person who’ll et it eventually will love it for sure.I also looked through my hibernating projects. I knit a hexipuff, something I haven’t done in months. And I packed a bag of short yarn left overs that could be turned into hexipuffs. Maybe some day I will even sew up some more of them and eventually this project will end up being a blanket. One day… Then I unpacked something that I fiercely started last January and after two or three weeks it went straight into hibernation: The carpet. Do you remember the carpet I started? Vaguely? So did I. I needed to search for it first because I had stored it away. Since I started I had bought far longer cables for my needles to I switched that first and then quickly knit up a hole skein of red. But I remember now why I stopped knitting that thing. It is quite exhausting with those super big needles and even now after I think three skeins the whole thing is already quite heavy. This means my poor wrists need to work a lot. I should get some wrist support bands or the like for the future. And I even knitted two rows on my lace shawl.
Then I thought I could go back to my actual big project. By sunday night one sleeve was as good as done. I had tried it on several times so I should have taken the decision earlier but well, I didn’t. It was too tight. So I frogged two nights of work, about 100 rows. This was very depressing but I started new. About 30 rows later I checked it again and honestly, the way I increased and added stitches into the pattern just didn’t look good. And I want this sweater to be perfect (or at least the closest to perfect that I can manage). So last night I frogged it again. Now I’m nearly back to where I was last week but the sleeve is coming with me on my trip to Berlin the next two days and I guess even though I need to work a little on the train, I can spend at least one hour knitting on each trip so it will grow again.
Last but not least the KAL. I started it. I even swatched. But I don’t need too much of a mystery so I checked the spoiler pics from people who already started on Monday and chose the version I’m following for clue no.1 after that. And again I was a bit over excited. I had repeated the pattern several times before I realised I repeated the four rows I was suppossed to repeat three times only two times. More frogging. More grmph feelings… But now I’m on track again.
This, as you might have guessed, left little time for reading. So nothing new in this department. What about you? Linking up with Ginny and the Yarn along ladies as usual.
Today only a quick peak at what I’m doing because things have grown a little but nothing new here yet: The sweater is now ready to be divided for the sleeves and I even knit ten rows of the first cuff too. The Stockholm cowl is four times its size of last week but far from finished and there wasn’t even a hat last week. After not finding a pattern we both liked I made something up. It is using up the left over yarn snippets I had from Michael’s boneyard shawl in green, beige and medium brown and should go well with the shawl. I’m ready to do the decreases now and think it will be a very cool hat.And then I went yarn shopping again. I know three project in work plus I think four Continue reading
I was pretty happy knitting wise when Christmas was over. First because I had finally finished all the Christmas knitting which included two Honey Cowls, three Phoebe Sweaters, one Cardigan for Merry and one Ode to Veera Cowl. And second because I had not knitted much over the whole Christmas days. So when I came back home I was ready to start something new. Now I can happily join Ginny’s first Yarn Along of 2014. Continue reading
Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along as usual, here is what I did this week:
I finished the last of the three Phoebe’s sweaters, bought buttons and now this is done. I’m a bit worried especially the biggest one will be far too big. But better too big than too small, don’t you think? They’ll grow into it. I won’t be there when they receive it so this’ll spare me the possible embarassment of unfitting gifts anyway 😉 I need to admit that as much as I love this pattern and the yarn, I’m super happy I finished the last one. and I’m not going knit another one any time soon. A friend of mine requested one for once she has children, no matter if it’ll be for a boy or a girl, but that gives me at least a 2-3 years break because she’s not even pregnant and the smallest pattern is for a two year old.I finished my last planned christmas present, the thick cowl. I used three strands of a Continue reading
I waited to do my Yarn Along post yesterday night after I would have finished the first sleeve of the last Phoebe Sweater. It needs to be finished, blocked and ready to go next Thursday as we are going to London on Friday and I start to feel a little pressure here. But well I started another quick shot of a christmas knit for a friend so my time was a bit divided between the two projects.But, and here’s the big BUT, I made quick thin angora/mohair arm warmers to match my costume for tonight and this kept me all evening. UPDATE: after all I didn’t really wear those but they might be good for some other costume one day…
Today is Wednesday and as usual I’ll share my reading and knitting with you and all the people who take part or read the Yarn along Posts over at Ginny’s. Today let me start with this: Wooohoo, yay, yippieh, juchee! *grinning like mad, dancing around like a crazy person* Yesterday I received this picture:It fits! My long-time project, the Christmas Sweater for my brother, did not only arrive in Continue reading