Alright, I was debating whether to post about this one, because it’s a bit embarrassing. But I’ve decided to share anyway, since it’s no secret I’m an utter klutz.
I’ve had my first fiber-related injury.
I was knitting along on the last 10 rows of Clue 3 of the Mystery Stole late the other night (because that’s the only time I find enough focus to work on it – which would explain why I’m “behind,” but anyway.) I’d just reached a beaded row, grabbed up my minuscule crochet hook, (0.75 mm, to be precise,) tucked it chopstick-style under my right thumb, so as to have it ready. Something happened, the knitting needle tip started to slip from the end of the row or something, so I grabbed for it – dropping the crochet hook end-down onto the tabletop and jamming the meaty part of my palm right onto the tip.
What are the chances of that happening twice?
Yes, there was a yelp, and yes, it stuck in there far enough for me to regard it for a moment before jerking it back out.
And yes, there was blood and “guts,” though not nearly so much as you might expect. The “entry hole” was really not very impressive at the time, and now has healed almost entirely.
In other news, it’s durn hot here in Maine.
That thermometer was in the shade, and it was before noon. At five, the bank thermometer read 93. Ugh. I was raised in the south, but I’m acclimated to Alaska; I haven’t seen much above 65 degrees for the past few years – help, I’m melting!
Pattern: EZ’s February Sweater from Knitter’s Almanac
Yarn: Rowan “Nice” – 100% mercerized cotton
3.25mm (US3) circular and double-point needles
I usually see this sweater knit up in wool yarn, as Elizabeth suggests. The cotton works well too, though it did seem to grow significantly during blocking. A good pattern too, though I prefer the cleverness of the Baby Surprise Jacket.
Speaking of clever patterns, I couldn’t resist; I cast on another pair of these, though I’ve only finished one so far.
For the record, the plethora of baby-knits is NOT an indication that we’re expecting. They’re just little (read: not hot) and insanely cute (irresistible) and it seems like every time I turn around someone is about to have or has just had a baby, so I am stocking up on some presents.
I have managed a little spinning since getting my wheel back.
All for now. The library called this afternoon to tell me my reserved book was in – I was there in a flash, and I’m vanishing to the land of Deathly Hallows…