I'm trying to catch up with stuff around here -- yardwork, cleaning, the mundane parts of daily life. I couldn't get my right hand wet for two weeks or more, so I got a little behind in things. And, I couldn't do any quilting or anything else that involved too much movement of my hand. Before the surgery though I cut out a couple of quilts and was able to put two pieces together and chain through the sewing machine. It proved to be a great sanity-saver for me. I couldn't use the iron though, so had to wait til I got the brace off my hand to finish the quilts. These are the two Schnibbles® quilts I pieced. I don't remember their names, offhand, but I can say I love the results of both of them. The second one is going to be a favorite, I know.
In that vein, I've decided to accept JudyL's challenge of knitting socks beginning November 1. I don't knit -- I do crochet, but have never gotten into knitting, so now is the time. Mary didn't knit either, but she jumped in with both feet last year and has already made a number of pairs of socks. When she recommends something on her blog, I usually find that she has valid reasons for the recommendations and so far have not been disappointed with anything I try that she recommends -- I've always loved the pantographs she shows and usually end up buying a few and they become my favorites, too. I waited a long time to buy a Kindle® after she talked about it, but I love mine too. So, I asked her some questions about what needles to buy and whether I would need a yarn winder and how much yarn to buy. Consequently, I have an order in for sizes 16 and 24 circular needles, a yarn winder and a couple of different brands of yarn (balls and hanks) from Knitpicks. Mary also posted a long blog post about the knitting. (Just scroll down for a few days ago).
Anyway -- here is my first attempt at knitting -- I've already made a few mistakes, but the good news is that I recognize the errors! I just printed off some directions from the internet for this first attempt. This will be a dishcloth. Next I'll try knitting and purling. I can't wait for the books that I ordered to get here -- and the yarn and needles. I've been envious of the great socks that Judy and Mary have been making for a long time, so it's time I jumped on the bandwagon and learn this craft.
Mikey is rolling over by himself now. He'll be 4 months on the 5th.
My hand is healing -- slowly.
Trying new things.