After being injured last summer, it has been a very long recovery process but I can now knit! It has been very slow progress and I am still in Occupational Therapy 3 times/week but I should be discharged in March.
In late Nov and early Dec. I picked up my knitting needles again and the ability to use my left hand has increased greatly. My techniques are different and I knit looser but those changes are fine with me. One of the things that makes my dexterity even more limited is I was already missing the two middle fingers of my left hand from a childhood accident. My pinky, index finger and thumb always compensated but those are the ones that had tendon transfers and required re-training. Additionally, on Dec. 23rd I had another major surgery but have healed from that as well.
My desire to knit again has been an obsession and so I knit constantly. I finished a shawl I made for a friend last spring and forgot to photograph it before I gifted it. I do that so often!
In December I made a pair of Susie's Reading Mitts and a Cream of Spinach scarf out of Cascade Duo. Both are free patterns on Ravelry and the Cascade Duo was from my extensive stash.
And speaking of stash. Mine is still extensive. When I moved here I gifted a few garbage bags full to friends. Then when Amy was here this summer and I thought I'd never knit again, I gifted her with numerous skeins and I still have a good amount. But someday I need to re inventory so I know what I have. Sometimes (actually more often than I care to admit) I start to look for a yarn I know I have and then after searching for days, I realize I gifted it along the way.
I've made quite a few shawls lately and one was a simple pattern from my LYS, Fleece. It is made out of Elsa Rae Wool and a novelty yarn from Trendsetter called Bodega. This was mindless knitting which I get really bored doing and have to force myself to keep going. I love lace chart knitting.
Fleece is a lovely yarn shop here in Cumming, GA. April, the owner, and Libby who teaches classes there have been so wonderfully kind to me. It's one of my favorite hangouts. I'd only been in Cumming for six months when I was injured so I knew so few people. And since I still haven't gone back to work, my main social contacts are therapists, Doctors and my LYS. On Wednesdays and Thursdays there are knitting groups at Fleece which I thoroughly enjoy. And then on Fridays I meet at Panera in Alpharetta for another knitting group. Returning from a Dr appt. in Atlanta last summer Amy and I ate at Panera in Alpharetta. I saw a lady wearing a shawl that I recognized from Ravelry and I asked her about it. Immediately she invited Amy and I to join the group which we did and I have continued. They are a wonderful group of ladies that I enjoy immensely!
This is a Fiber Trends cowl pattern I started a few years ago using Karabella Boise which is 50% Cashmere and 50% Merino wool. It is a dream to knit. I pushed it aside because I wasn't fond of the small denim blue beads I'd chosen and used at the beginning of this cowl. They were inserted using a beading needle and I was afraid if I tried to rip them out, I'd ruin the yarn. So in Dec. I finally finished it. I wish they had not discontinued this yarn as I would love to make a wrap shawl with it.
Another project I started and finished in January was a Malabrigo Silky Merino shawl called scalloped Shawl shown on the cover of their Book 3. The pattern is so simple and Merino Silky is a beautiful yarn. So far I haven't gotten good photos but this is it. The color is "Nocturnal" which is shades of purple.
Gotta run to OT so I'll close for now