November 10, 2008

The Most Pointless Blog Entry EVAR

I’m posting something, anything, just to get the screaming read “vot” off my monitor, especially since the time of votting is long past.

Noodled away at the Ottawa Sock this weekend but have discovered that I’m having a severe flare-up of carpal tunnel, complete with some mind-numbingly horrendous thumb pain, and am seriously wondering how long I will be able to continue to knit. There’s a real pick-me-up, eh? As much as I appreciate the Elizabeth Zimmerman saying, “"Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises," what do you when knitting is the crisis?

On a lighter note, I went shopping this weekend for a jacket for the formal evening on the cruise. I zeroed in on a black jacket with gold sparkles, and tried it on with many skirts and in many sizes, so there was a lot of on-ning and off-ing. When I finally left the fitting room, I discovered I was awash in gold sparkles: my hair, eyelashes, dingy gray sweatshirt, jeans, hands, face, shoes, knapsack... Brushed it off as best I could but still walked around with a slightly “Disco Queen” air for the rest of the day.

Fast forward to the evening. I pick Benny up for a snuggle and he manages to scratch me on his enthusiastic way up to my shoulder. I look in the mirror and pull down the neck of my t-shirt to see how bad the damage is and, sure enough—a long, raw, red scratch…covered in gold sparkles. Painful but, hey, decorative!

There. Is the "vot" gone?

Posted by Ryan at November 10, 2008 09:35 AM

It's so funny that you wrote about just trying to get *something* blogged and out there. I was just thinking to myself, as I logged on to see if you wrote something, that I didn't really care what it was that you had written, I was just anticipating the joy of seeing something new out there from you. I believe it's the same anticipation and excitement I felt when I'd come downstairs during the days before Christmas and notice there was a new present under the tree that had my name on it. Very fun. On a side note, the sparkles didn't make you do the "Hustle" in the aisles of the store, did they? ;-)

Posted by: ken-bob on November 10, 2008 09:52 AM

I'm smiling at the mental image of Sparkly Ryan.

Re: the painful knitting. Does knitting with different size needles or yarn make a difference? That's a long shot but I had to ask. Anyway, see your doc/PT to find out what you can do, aside from giving the knitting entirely, since that option is clearly not on the table. At all. Seriously, it may be important to begin remedial measures sooner rather than later, before permanent damage is done. (I'm not a doc nor a PT, but I can give advice with the best of them.)

How about crochet? I know some consider that The Dark Side, but hey, it'd be way better than giving up yarn completely. Good luck.

Posted by: kmkat on November 10, 2008 09:56 AM

VOT is all gone, thank goodness that's over for two more years. I think Shakespeare had it slightly wrong when he wrote "first, kill all the lawyers."

Your Disco Queen day made me laugh. When I broke my arm in September, my mom gave me two tank tops to wear, both with teeny little rhinestones liberally sprinkled over the front porch area. Since my front porch is more veranda-sized, my dress style doesn't usually include glitter. I've had a few WTF moments on sunny days lately.

Posted by: Beth in StC on November 10, 2008 09:58 AM

There are few things in life that aren't made better by gold sparkles, really.

Posted by: Carrie on November 10, 2008 10:02 AM

Oh honey, I do know about the carpal tunnel! I was banned from knitting for about six months last year. I can still knit, but I have to limit how long and if anything starts to hurt I have to put the knitting down immediately. Not "after one more row"--drop it immediately and don't pick it up again for at least 48 hours. It sucks and it takes me forever to get through projects these days, but I'm just glad I can still knit. Do your stretches, take anti-inflammatories and hang in there!

Posted by: Kristen on November 10, 2008 10:55 AM

I'm with Carrie - everything (even cat scratches) are better with sparkles.

Posted by: Imbrium on November 10, 2008 12:47 PM

Ooh what fun! Sparkles.
Yuck, Carpal Tunnel. I have all kinds of splints to wear at night when mine flares up.

Posted by: Barb on November 10, 2008 02:54 PM

I wore a sparkly top to all (both) of the Christmas parties I was invited to last year, and I'm still getting hell about it! (Note: I love it.) I rode to one party with a co-worker and his wife, and as recently as June someone got in the back seat of his car and said "John! What is UP with the sparkles?!?!?!?"

I'm laughing just thinking about it.

Posted by: MaryB in Richmond on November 10, 2008 04:54 PM

Re thumb pain from knitting: try deep tissue massage. Or yoga. Or both.

Just today I was wondering how long I will be able to keep knitting. The tendency at my age is to put things off "until I retire". Well, that may never happen, so I will knit now, while I can.

Posted by: Abby on November 10, 2008 06:00 PM

If knitting starts to get painful for me (which it sometimes does after hours at it) I switch from knitting English to knitting Continental. It seems that by changing the movements up a bit and using my hands differently it feels less like the same repetition. I don't know if that would work for you or not. If not I suggest alternating knitting with spinning which uses absolutely totally different movements, but produces the same sort of meditative relaxation.

Posted by: Liz on November 11, 2008 05:22 AM

"what do you when knitting is the crisis?" Get thee to a specialist, and look into surgery. Do it sooner rather than later - if you let it go, you could suffer permanent nerve damage. The surgery to correct CTS is pretty nifty as such things go. My mom (also an avid knitter) had hers done years ago and hasn't had problems yet!

Posted by: ~Lori on November 11, 2008 10:12 AM

Delurking to comment on the CTS. I avoided surgery through deep tissue massage and accupuncture. I work in IT and knit, whenever it starts to flair up I go in for an accupuncture session and some massage and good as new.

Good luck!

Posted by: Ruth on November 11, 2008 12:30 PM

I empathize. I get tendinitis in my wrists and hands and sometimes flares of arthritis in my thumb joint. The thumb joint bit is so common it has it's own name, though I'm blanking on it in my post-trip allergic haze this afternoon.

But the real question is - did you buy the jacket? Will your cruise be sprinkled in gold dust? Will you make ABBA and the ship's band proud of you?

Posted by: KarenJoSeattle on November 11, 2008 12:55 PM

Ryan, yes, get thee to the doctor or the acupuncturist or somebody who knows about carpal tunnel syndrome. As someone who put it off for too long, I know of what I speak. We finally bought plastic cups to replace all the glass ones that broke because I couldn't feel them from the nerve damage.

I do have to limit my knitting and quilting time, but there is a bright side: I no longer feel guilty when I'm "just reading" because I know it's resting my hands. And, I discovered the internet knitting community while "resting" (just have to remember not to mouse too much with the thumbball).

Posted by: daisy in the shenandoah valley on November 11, 2008 02:07 PM

Ah sparkles. At one point I was doing extreme retail therapy (I bought a thing of nail polish every time I was angry or upset after work). It was cheaper than some other alternatives, though not productive.

Of course, now on the days when I feel down I tend to wear glitter makeup because it is obnoxiously perky. It doesn't necessarily make me feel better, but some days it is the pick me up I need (and the older I get the more ridiculous it is that I am walking around with my face dusted with glitter).

Posted by: Seanna Lea on November 12, 2008 09:32 AM

I'm having hysterics at the thought of you being a Disco Queen....

Posted by: Knitnana on November 12, 2008 11:11 AM
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