Monday, April 25, 2016

To Knit, perchance to....OWW!

So, since I'm insane, and do the whole Knit and Crochet House Cup on Ravelry (Slytherin for Life!), I'm looking at next term's plotting and planning. Obviously, I have plenty of WIP's for Detention. Well, some more ready than others. So, to the work bag, knitknitknit, OK, that sweater is down to 4 rows of neckband, and weaving in of ends, there is a garter stitch shawl that's currently the default mindless knit, and a couple pair of socks that theoretically could make both a class and a Detention project, thanks to the mismatch allowance. Assuming I can knit a pair of socks in a month again. Which might be problematic.

My elbow is angry.

Not sure how or why, or what, but back before Christmas, (hmm, it might have been the push trying to gift knit), I seem to have picked up tendinitis. Or something. It hurts if I knit for too long. Or videogame for too long. Or mop, clean, or use my right arm for too long.

So what am I looking at doing? Hmmmm...that Per Terras shawl I never finished isn't really that far along. You remember, the one that uses a whole cone of Zephyr? I'll never match gauge. I bet if I frogged it, it would make a great OWL project for next term. Even with a restart, technically that's finishing a WIP, right?

This is what happens when your whole body hates you, you're limited on what you can do, and your ambitions have been downgraded to winning imaginary internet points. You convince yourself that it's like some sort of Superbowl quarterback thing, where you should work through it for the glory and the win.

After all, I need to make Lucius proud, right?

'I'll fetch you some coffee while you knit, dear"

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Wow - almost 3 1/2 years? Unfortunately most of it has been fighting for disability, and the exhaustion (physical, mental, and emotional) of going through all that. Don't let anyone tell you it's an easy handout. It took me years, many doctors, and the help of my family and a couple of great lawyers. Even now that I've technically "got it", I'm still filling out papers, answering questions, completing more documentation, coordinating benefits... A friend of mine told me when I got sick that disability would be the hardest I've ever worked. It's true.

And in all that, between the brain fog, the chronic symptoms, the medication side effects, it's hard to focus. It's hard now for me to track and mentally process stuff. That won't keep me from trying though.

Apparently too much trying.

I recently went through my Ravelry projects page, as I'd stumbled on some old bags with WIP's, UFO's, etc. and sorted out what I had listed as "in progress".

I eliminated a few that were obvious placeholders for House Cup projects that had never even been started.

I still had 86.

Eighty Six.

A few of those might be things that aren't actually started - I know I had some placeholders for project/yarn combinations - but still.

Looks like this will be the year of finishing things, and taking up things I have on hand. I've already managed to knit and crochet a little over a mile worth of yarn this year. Actually I've been working mostly from stash on hand for a couple of years now - turns out it wasn't so crazy after all stockpiling stash, supplies, and project ideas, even though I had tons still undone. I had the money but not the time then. Now I have time, but not the money. Or the energy. This is going to be slow going. We'll see what happens...

First, though, I have to try to remember basics, like formatting this thing. Wheee!