Monday, November 5, 2007

Slow Going

Sorry about the lack of blogging, but I have to admit, I haven't been playing with yarn much in the past week. There are two reasons for that: One, I have rejoined the exciting world of retail, in order to have more spare cash lying around to buy yarn with. (And pay bills, if there's enough left over. A girl's got to have priorities!) Of course, the downside of getting a second job for yarn money is that you have less available time to play with yarn. Sigh.

The other reason for less knitting and crocheting is that, for the last few days, my left hand has been kind of numb-ish. I'm afraid that this might be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome, which is bad, especially considering that I'm only 26! So I have an appointment to go ask the nice doctor what should be done about my silly hand. I'm hoping it's something less serious, and I just need to visit a chiropractor or something; The Internet (that repository of accurate medical information) tells me that carpal tunnel generally doesn't affect the pinky finger--and mine is affected. Fingers crossed!

But when I still had the time and manual dexterity for knitting (okay, several weeks ago) I knitted a tiny wee sock in a magic loop class at ReBelle. And I have finally managed to photograph the thing, next to a quarter for scale.

It's blurry. The other ones I took were blurry, too. I think my camera just couldn't fathom the miniature adorableness of the tiny wee sock. Aww, it's cute!

I also cast on the second Dublin Bay sock.

As promised, I'm knitting a full-size sock using the magic loop method, in order to give it the Old College Try. And I admit it: I like this technique better when I have more than 16 stitches. It's particularly nice for this pattern, where I can split my sock in half and only count half as much as I did for the first one. I'm farther than this picture shows, but not by very much. Did I mention that the second job cuts into my knitting time? I'm slightly bitter, but I'm working on letting go of that.

Later, everybody. I'll let you know what the doctor says after my appointment tomorrow!


Barbara said...

I have trouble with my left hand going numb a lot too. The chiropractor says it's a nerve just below my elbow; at least that's where he concentrates his torture, um, massage. I had hoped that since you throw rather than pick you'd avoid the problem, but evidently not. Love the wee sock picture and I'll be interested in the Magic Look saga.

Kim Colley said...

Are you left-handed or right-handed, and do you knit continental or English? If you are right-hand dominant and knit English style, I doubt whether knitting could be causing your left hand problems. It's more likely ulnar nerve compression, which can be caused by, among other things, resting your elbow on hard surfaces while you read, write, work, etc.

Ann said...

Mom, I think you're probably on to something.

Kim, I am indeed right handed, and knit English. And I tend to rest my elbow on my desk at work.

See, everyone, this is why I blog! So smart people like my mom and my knitting friends can set me straight.

Knitting Magic Girl said...

I know how that feels all too well. I had the same thing happen to me when my right hand pinky, ring, and middle finger all went numb. My chiropractor gave me some exercises and I'll see if I have the paper and scan it in for you. Turns out mine was a pinched nerve according to the doctor, very similar to carpel tunnel, but not near as bad. Turns out I had a softball injury that I never realized happened and it had pinched the nerve while I was on a knitting streak.