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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In Search of my Knitting Mojo...or Why I Need to Hit a Yarn Home Run

In Search of My Knitting Mojo

After weeks of non-knitting and pill popping, resting my torn left tricep (my knitting arm), I discovered that I had misplaced my confidence.

My current projects are more "chore" than "adore" as I struggle through them. 

Have you ever been here in the "knitting slough of despondency"?

I just need one project to turn out better than expected, but alas...all is mediocrity.

I finished a pair of "fingered" mitts for a girlfriend of mine that lives in the frozen tundra known as Northern Colorado. Maybe I've already told you this? I let her pick out the pattern while steering her away from silk yarn to warmer wool with cashmere. I also let her pick the color. She chose the pattern "Treads" by Victoria Anne Baker in the color black. My gosh, you haven't lived until you've knitted 8 total vikkel braids in the dark of winter using blacker than black yarn.
It made me nuts, but I finished them. 

While it appears grey in this photo, trust me, its black as midnight in real life...I lightened the photo to show the detail, because, honestly, unless you're a knitter, you're not going to see it. It is a well written pattern, and I do recommend it....

Just not in black!!!

I also joined Anna Dalvi's MKAL called Mystic Vortex, being the first dropout after my accident. Its coming along slowly after frogging two times.

 I am fascinated with the design but less than enthused with my yarn color.
I am using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the colorway "Schwefel" which translates to mean "sulphur or brimstone" I think it looks more like recycled spinach, or gallstone from hell. I mixed in a little mocha fine lace and now its better. But I'm not in love with it.

Please knitting mojo, come back...I need you or an exciting new project. Five aren't enough, apparently.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Taking a break… Literally

First of all, pardon any errors in transcription is I'm having to dictate my posts as I'm not able to type at present.

Saturday October, 18th my husband and I attended a University of Oklahoma football game. A few feet from our entrance gate I managed to fall on the sidewalk and severely damage my left arm.

The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman Oklahoma and The Norman police department decided to run an extension cord across the sidewalk near our gate to power their laptop. Being fascinated with the sights and sounds coming from the arena and checking out the beautiful K9 police dog feet away from me, I failed to watch my feet as I tripped over an extension cord cover the police had left there for safety.

The safety cord cover caught me mid stride throwing me forward into the concrete pavement with nothing to break my fall except for my elbow. The MRI shows that I suffered three cracks in my arm one being in my shoulder, two being in my elbow but I've also suffered a torn tricep.

We're waiting a doctors call now to see which specialist I see and how to plot out recovery. Needless to say during this time there will be no knitting or anything that requires two hands which includes typing also.

Not knitting is driving me a little crazy!!!!

See you later, much the yarn cave