I know, me too, but I had to try.
I saw Emma’s Hot Water Bottle Cosy earlier and thought it might be a good thing to try testing my hand out again. I’ve noticed a *slight* improvement this week, so I galloped upstairs to my stash of yarn and dug out my 5.5 mm hook. If I’m going to be honest I tried six places before I found it. I’m usually ‘a place for everything, everything in its place’ type, so when I couldn’t immediately lay my hand on the hook I could feel myself getting almost frantic, tempted to throw everything over my shoulder. Never the wisest choice, is it? Who’s got to pick it all up again at the end?! Deep breaths. And guess what? It was at the bottom of the first bag I looked in. Typical.
I planned to do only 10 minutes crochet, as advised before things got very painful. And so I did. I set an alarm actually, in the style of a sensible adult. It went off and I thought I’d just finish the next row, which I also timed. And then I wiggled my wrist, flexed my elbow and thought I could probably get away with a little bit more…always a risky strategy, isn’t it? Like deciding you’ll read one more chapter before lights out, and finding yourself finishing the whole book at 3 AM.
As you know this is the first craft of any kind I’ve done in weeks and weeks, and before that it was only a few times from April onwards. I’ve felt bereft at times, but I have perfected my Sourdough bread as I can make it one handed!
Last night I was looking for some bits for my sewing machine, as I’ve lent it to someone, and opened up a box full of various crafty things: pom-pom makers, Tunisian crochet hook, DPNs, vintage patterns, the lace tatting shuttle I bought in the sale at John Lewis a long time ago and have never even taken out of the packet, darning needles, stitch holders, spare crochet hooks etc and honestly it was like opening someone else’s kit. It feels like another life now.
I’m going back to see the Hand and Wrist Consultant and a Hand Therapist next week. It’s been so weird being one-handed. Now I’m trying things like picking up fairly lightweight items, opening door handles and taking small items, going carefully testing how it feels.
Anyway, I really enjoyed crocheting with this wool blend aran and a 5.5mm hook. It’s soft and cosy. Because the starting chain is only 20 and it’s aran yarn, it grows exponentially. That’s perfect if you’re limited time-wise or just want to see something grow quickly.
Next week I’ll be back with my monthly Taking Stock post and hopefully after that I can show you a crochet update. That’s almost a magical sentence. A Crochet Update!
Cross fingers and toes for me please.
Oh, the book has a playlist on Spotify if you want to play some of the music featured in the story. That’s pretty cool, huh.
Joining in with Ginny’s October Yarn Along.
Great to hear you sounding so upbeat! That looks a very interesting crochet stitch. Sort of dense and bumpy good for a hot water bottle cover.
Thanks Jane. It’s linen stitch which I used for those patchwork strips which need joining at some point. Seems so long ago!
Didn’t recognise it! I do like linen stitch though
The wool content makes the yarn quite fuzzy. Unless it’s my out of practice crochet?!
Yes fuzziness does hide stitch definition. Looks lovely and warn though.
Good to see you getting crafty again, slowly does it mind.
A tentative try but I’m hoping it’s the start of something! Thanks Cathy.
Lovely to read your happy hooky news – keep smiling! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Thanks Lucy. Frozen peas on it today but was worth it for the relaxation of holding hook and yarn for a while xx
Do be careful with your hand! It must feel so good to be back to crochet again though :) I loooooved The Music Shop, and it was so good being able to listen to the tracks and see what they were talking about. That’s such a good idea!
It’s really good to hold a hook again, even for 10 minutes, but I’m being sensible. No more today, as I’ve just got to give it a chance and the consultant did say once a week for 10m and increase by 1%…. It’s hard as the weather’s turned cold! so you get the want-to-make-all-the-woolly-things feeling!
I’m on the last bit of the book now – 2009, can’t wait to see how it ends. Glad you enjoyed it too. Have you read Perfect? Harold Fry? Queenie? I’ve enjoyed all her others.